Simple ligand effects switch a hydrogenase mimic between H 2 and O 2 activation

Kyoungmok Kim, Takahiro Matsumoto, Andrew Robertson, Hidetaka Nakai, Seiji Ogo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

26 Citations (Scopus)


Herein, we report a [NiRu] biomimetic system for O 2-tolerant [NiFe]hydrogenases and demonstrate that electron donation to the [NiRu] center can switch the system between the activation of H 2 and O 2 through simple ligand effects by using hexamethylbenzene and pentamethylcyclopentadienyl ligands, respectively. Furthermore, we present the synthesis and direct observations of a [NiRu]-peroxo species, which was formed by the oxygenation of a Ni-SIa model [NiRu] complex, that we propose as a biomimetic analogue of O 2-bound species (OBS) of O 2-tolerant [NiFe]hydrogenases. The [NiRu]-peroxo complex was fully characterized by X-ray analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), mass spectrometry, and 1H NMR spectroscopy. The OBS analogue was capable of oxidizing p-hydroquinone and sodium borohydride to turn back into the Ni-SIa model complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1394-1400
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry - An Asian Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Simple ligand effects switch a hydrogenase mimic between H 2 and O 2 activation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this