Muonium Chemistry at Diiron Subsite Analogues of [FeFe]-Hydrogenase

Wright, Joseph A., Peck, Jamie N. T., Cottrell, Stephen P., Jablonskyte, Ausra, Oganesyan, Vasily S., Pickett, Christopher J. and Jayasooriya, Upali A. (2016) Muonium Chemistry at Diiron Subsite Analogues of [FeFe]-Hydrogenase. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55 (47). 14580–14583. ISSN 1433-7851

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The chemistry of metal hydrides is implicated in a range of catalytic processes at metal centres. Gaining insight into the formation of such sites by protonation and/or electronation is therefore of significant value in fully exploiting the potential of such systems. Here, we show that the muonium radical (Mu·), used as a low isotopic mass analogue of hydrogen, can be exploited to probe the early stages of hydride formation at metal centres. Mu· undergoes the same chemistry as H· and can be directly observed due to its short lifetime (in the microseconds) and unique breakdown signature. By implanting Mu· into three models of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site we have been able to detect key muoniated intermediates of direct relevance to the hydride chemistry of these systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: enzyme mimics,[fefe]-hydrogenase,hydrogen,muonium
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 08:02
DOI: 10.1002/ange.201607109

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