We propose a modified mechanism for the inhibition of [NiFe]hydrogenase ([NiFe]H 2ase) by CO. We present a model study, using a NiRu H 2ase mimic, that demonstrates that (i) CO completely inhibits the catalytic cycle of the model compound, (ii) CO prefers to coordinate to the Ru II center rather than taking an axial position on the Ni II center, and (iii) CO is unable to displace a hydrido ligand from the NiRu center. We combine these studies with a reevaluation of previous studies to propose that, under normal circumstances, CO inhibits [NiFe]H 2ase by complexing to the Fe II center.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry