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Dr Erwin Reisner

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We are interested in artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels and develop novel photocatalytic systems by combining homogenous synthetic catalysts and enzymes with a light absorbing nanostructured semiconductor. A current focus lies on the sunlight-driven production of the high specific energy carrier hydrogen and the selective conversion of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and formic acid. Our cross-disciplinary laboratory covers a wide range of disciplines, from Synthetic Molecular and Materials Chemistry to Biological Chemistry combined with Electro-, Photochemistry and Nanoscience.


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Keywords:  Solar fuels, artificial photosynthesis, Water and CO2 splitting, Small Molecule Activation, Catalysis, Metalloenzymes, Biomimetic Chemistry, Bio-inorganic Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Photoelectrochemistry, Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Functional and Energy Materials.



Protein film photoelectrochemistry of the water oxidation enzyme photosystem II.
M Kato, JZ Zhang, N Paul, E Reisner – Chem Soc Rev (2014)
Development and understanding of cobaloxime activity through electrochemical molecular catalyst screening.
DW Wakerley, E Reisner – Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP (2014) 16, 5739
Al-doped ZnO inverse opal networks as efficient electron collectors in BiVO4 photoanodes for solar water oxidation
L Zhang, E Reisner, JJ Baumberg – Energy and Environmental Science (2014) 7, 1402
Synthesis, structure and reactivity of Ni site models of [NiFeSe] hydrogenases.
C Wombwell, E Reisner – Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003) (2014) 43, 4483
Versatile photocatalytic systems for H2 generation in water based on an efficient DuBois-type nickel catalyst.
MA Gross, A Reynal, JR Durrant, E Reisner – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2014) 136, 356
Photocatalytic hydrogen evolution with a hydrogenase in a mediator-free system under high levels of oxygen.
T Sakai, D Mersch, E Reisner – Angew Chem Int Ed Engl (2013) 52, 12313
RYB tri-colour electrochromism based on a molecular cobaloxime
MR Scherer, NM Muresan, U Steiner, E Reisner – Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) (2013) 49, 10453
Covalent immobilization of oriented photosystem II on a nanostructured electrode for solar water oxidation.
M Kato, T Cardona, AW Rutherford, E Reisner – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2013) 135, 10610
Parameters affecting electron transfer dynamics from semiconductors to molecular catalysts for the photochemical reduction of protons
A Reynal, F Lakadamyali, MA Gross, E Reisner, JR Durrant – Energy & Environmental Science (2013) 6, 3291
Scalable one-step assembly of an inexpensive photoelectrode for water oxidation by deposition of a Ti- and Ni-containing molecular precursor on nanostructured WO3.
YH Lai, TC King, DS Wright, E Reisner – Chemistry (2013) 19, 12943
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