Oxygen Evolution Catalyzed by a Mononuclear Ruthenium Complex Bearing Pendant SO3- Groups

Masaki Yoshida, Mio Kondo, Sena Torii, Ken Sakai, Shigeyuki Masaoka

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Rational molecular design of catalytic systems capable of smooth O-O bond formation is critical to the development of efficient catalysts for water oxidation. A new ruthenium complex was developed, which bears pendant SO3- groups in the secondary coordination sphere: [Ru(terpy)(bpyms)(OH2)] (terpy=2,2′:6′,2′′-terpyridine, bpyms=2,2′-bipyridine-5,5′-bis(methanesulfonate)). Water oxidation driven by a Ce4+ oxidant is distinctly accelerated upon introduction of the pendant SO3- groups in comparisons to the parent catalyst, [Ru(terpy)(bpy)(OH2)]2+ (bpy=2,2′-bipyridine). Spectroscopic, electrochemical, and crystallographic investigations concluded that the pendant SO3- groups promote the formation of an OO bond via the secondary coordination sphere on the catalyst, whereas the influence of the pendant SO3- groups on the electronic structure of the [Ru(terpy)(bpy)(OH2)]2+ core is negligible. The results of this work indicate that modification of the secondary coordination sphere is a valuable strategy for the design of water oxidation catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7981-7984
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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