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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.



A Si photocathode protected and activated with a Ti and Ni composite film for solar hydrogen production
YH Lai, HS Park, JZ Zhang, PD Matthews, DS Wright, E Reisner – Chemistry (2015) 21, 3919
Improving the Photocatalytic Reduction of CO 2 to CO through Immobilisation of a Molecular Re Catalyst on TiO 2
CD Windle, E Pastor, A Reynal, AC Whitwood, Y Vaynzof, JR Durrant, RN Perutz, E Reisner – Chemistry (2015) 21, 3746
A Decaheme Cytochrome as a Molecular Electron Conduit in Dye-Sensitized Photoanodes
ET Hwang, K Sheikh, KL Orchard, D Hojo, V Radu, C-Y Lee, E Ainsworth, C Lockwood, MA Gross, T Adschiri, E Reisner, JN Butt, LJC Jeuken – Advanced Functional Materials (2015) n/a
Synthetic Active Site Model of the [NiFeSe] Hydrogenase
C Wombwell, E Reisner – Chemistry (2015) n/a
Cobalt sulphide microtube array as cathode in photoelectrochemical water splitting with photoanodes
C-Y Lin, D Mersch, DA Jefferson, E Reisner – Chem. Sci. (2014) 5, 4906
Comparison of photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of a synthetic photocatalyst system with photosystem II.
YH Lai, M Kato, D Mersch, E Reisner – Faraday Discussions (2014) 176, 199
Proton reduction by molecular catalysts in water under demanding atmospheres.
DW Wakerley, MA Gross, E Reisner – Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) (2014) 50, 15995
Reversible Interconversion of CO 2 and Formate by a Molybdenum-Containing Formate Dehydrogenase
A Bassegoda, C Madden, DW Wakerley, E Reisner, J Hirst – Journal of the American Chemical Society (2014) 136, 15473
Photoelectrochemical reduction of aqueous protons with a CuO vertical bar CuBi2O4 heterojunction under visible light irradiation
HS Park, CY Lee, E Reisner – Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP (2014) 16, 22462
Plasmonic enhancement in BiVO4 photonic crystals for efficient water splitting
L Zhang, C-Y Lin, VK Valev, E Reisner, U Steiner, JJ Baumberg – Small (2014) 10, 3970
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