Models for the hydrogenases put the focus where it should be - Hydrogen

Carlo Mealli, Thomas B. Rauchfuss

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Not just a pretty face: A new structural model for the [NiFe] hydrogenases (see structure, pale green Ni, dark green Ru, pink S, red H) is also functional: it activates H2 to give a bimetallic hydride and H+. This advance will encourage reinvestigation of the heterolysis of the implied H 2 adduct. Questions arise regarding NiII low-spin to high-spin interconversion and reclassification of [FeFe] versus [NiFe] hydrogenase models. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8942-8944
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number47
StatePublished - 2007


  • Bimetallic systems
  • Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Hydrogenase
  • Molecular modeling
  • Sulfur

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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