Enzyme inspired synthetic proton relays generate fast and acid-stable cobalt-based H 2 production electrocatalysts

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dc.contributor.author Dolui, Dependu
dc.contributor.author Khandelwal, Shikha
dc.contributor.author Shaik, Althaf
dc.contributor.author Gaat, Deepika
dc.contributor.author Thiruvenkatam, Vijay
dc.contributor.author Dutta, Arnab
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-01T12:49:17Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-01T12:49:17Z
dc.date.issued 2019-10
dc.identifier.citation Dolui, Dependu; Khandelwal, Shikha; Shaik, Althaf; Gaat, Deepika; Thiruvenkatam, Vijay and Dutta, Arnab, "Enzyme inspired synthetic proton relays generate fast and acid-stable cobalt-based H 2 production electrocatalysts", ACS Catalysiss, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.9b02953, pp. 10115-10125, Oct. 2019. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2155-5435
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.9b02953
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.iitgn.ac.in/handle/123456789/4902
dc.description.abstract Construction of a water-soluble, oxygen-tolerant, and acid-stable synthetic H2 production catalyst is vital for the development of an economic and user-friendly H2-based renewable energy infrastructure. Natural enzyme hydrogenases exhibit excellent energy-efficient H2 production activity. However, fragility of the overall protein structure has restricted their sustainable and practical application. Among the synthetic functional models of hydrogenase, cobaloxime-based complexes offer O2-insensitivity. However, they are only active near neutral conditions with moderate rates and poor aqueous solubility properties. Here, in this work, we have specifically stationed a series of enzyme-inspired, multicomponent outer coordination sphere components around the cobaloxime core to simultaneously improve its catalytic rate, aqueous solubility, and activity even under acidic conditions. We have also established that cobaloximes display catalytic H2 production via two independent mechanisms: (i) Co(II)-centric and (ii) Co(I)-centric. Initial Co(II)-centric H2 evolution occurred at a relatively less reducing potential following the substitution of the axial Cl� ligand with solvent water. Dominant Co(I)-centric H2 production reactivity was observed in further cathodic potential. Incorporation of dynamic peripheral basic functionalities enhanced H+ trafficking around the cobaloxime core to significantly improve (?2.0�9.5 times) Co(I)-centric H2 production reactivity. Complementary NMR and electrochemical results suggest that formation of an intricately interactive water-assisted proton relay neighboring the metal core is the prime reason for this improved activity. Additionally, these peripheral basic functionalities, blended with proton relay, provided an alternative protonation site during the catalysis to induce unprecedented H2 production for cobaloximes under acidic aqueous conditions (pH < 5). Thus, this work provides a prime example of catalytic upgradation of an already existing, moderately active synthetic complex core by encompassing it with precisely positioned enzyme-inspired basic functionalities and water molecules.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Dependu Dolui, Shikha Khandelwal, Althaf Shaik, Deepika Gaat, Vijay Thiruvenkatam and Arnab Dutta
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Chemical Society en_US
dc.title Enzyme inspired synthetic proton relays generate fast and acid-stable cobalt-based H 2 production electrocatalysts en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal ACS Catalysis


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