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Department of Chemistry


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.



Visible-Light Flow Reactor Packed with Porous Carbon Nitride for Aerobic Substrate Oxidations
MA Bajada, A Vijeta, A Savateev, G Zhang, D Howe, E Reisner
– ACS applied materials & interfaces
Bias-free solar syngas production by integrating a molecular cobalt catalyst with perovskite–BiVO4 tandems
V Andrei, B Reuillard, E Reisner
– Nature Materials
Integration of a Hydrogenase in a Lead Halide Perovskite Photoelectrode for Tandem Solar Water Splitting.
E Edwardes Moore, V Andrei, S Zacarias, IAC Pereira, E Reisner
– ACS Energy Letters
Host-Guest Chemistry Meets Electrocatalysis: Cucurbit[6]uril on a Au Surface as a Hybrid System in CO2 Reduction
A Wagner, KH Ly, N Heidary, I Szabó, T Földes, KI Assaf, SJ Barrow, K Sokołowski, M Al-Hada, N Kornienko, MF Kuehnel, E Rosta, I Zebger, WM Nau, OA Scherman, E Reisner
– ACS Catal
Carbon nitride as a heterogeneous visible-light photocatalyst for the Minisci reaction and coupling to H 2 production
A Vijeta, E Reisner
– Chemical Communications
Reversible and Selective Interconversion of Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide into Formate by a Semiartificial Formate Hydrogenlyase Mimic
KP Sokol, WE Robinson, AR Oliveira, S Zacarias, C-Y Lee, C Madden, A Bassegoda, J Hirst, IAC Pereira, E Reisner
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Multihole water oxidation catalysis on haematite photoanodes revealed by operando spectroelectrochemistry and DFT
CA Mesa, L Francàs, KR Yang, P Garrido-Barros, E Pastor, Y Ma, A Kafizas, TE Rosser, MT Mayer, E Reisner, M Grätzel, VS Batista, JR Durrant
– Nat Chem
Inverse Opal CuCrO2 Photocathodes for H2 Production Using Organic Dyes and a Molecular Ni Catalyst
CE Creissen, J Warnan, D Antón-García, Y Farré, F Odobel, E Reisner
– ACS Catalysis
Photoreforming of Nonrecyclable Plastic Waste over a Carbon Nitride/Nickel Phosphide Catalyst
T Uekert, H Kasap, E Reisner
– J Am Chem Soc
Heme ligation and redox chemistry in two bacterial thiosulfate dehydrogenase (TsdA) enzymes
LP Jenner, JM Kurth, S van Helmont, KP Sokol, E Reisner, C Dahl, JM Bradley, JN Butt, MR Cheesman
– The Journal of biological chemistry
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