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Professor 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.



Selective Photocatalytic CO
MF Kuehnel, KL Orchard, KE Dalle, E Reisner
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Understanding Immobilized Molecular Catalysts for Fuel-Forming Reactions through UV/Vis Spectroelectrochemistry
TE Rosser, E Reisner
– ACS Catalysis
Solar H<inf>2</inf>evolution in water with modified diketopyrrolopyrrole dyes immobilised on molecular Co and Ni catalyst-TiO<inf>2</inf>hybrids
J Warnan, J Willkomm, JN Ng, R Godin, S Prantl, JR Durrant, E Reisner
– Chem. Sci.
Solar-driven reforming of lignocellulose to H<inf>2</inf>with a CdS/CdO<inf>x</inf>photocatalyst
DW Wakerley, MF Kuehnel, KL Orchard, KH Ly, TE Rosser, E Reisner
– Nature Energy
High Performance Reduction of H2O2 with an Electron Transport Decaheme Cytochrome on a Porous ITO Electrode.
B Reuillard, KH Ly, P Hildebrandt, LJC Jeuken, JN Butt, E Reisner
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Time-resolved IR spectroscopy reveals a mechanism with TiO<inf>2</inf>as a reversible electron acceptor in a TiO<inf>2</inf>-re catalyst system for CO<inf>2</inf>photoreduction
M Abdellah, AM El-Zohry, LJ Antila, CD Windle, E Reisner, L Hammarström
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Time-Resolved IR Spectroscopy Reveals a Mechanism with TiO 2 as a Reversible Electron Acceptor in a TiO 2 –Re Catalyst System for CO 2 Photoreduction
M Abdellah, AM El-Zohry, LJ Antila, CD Windle, E Reisner, L Hammarström
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Dark Photocatalysis: Storage of Solar Energy in Carbon Nitride for Time-Delayed Hydrogen Generation
VW-H Lau, D Klose, H Kasap, F Podjaski, M-C Pignié, E Reisner, G Jeschke, BV Lotsch
– Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Exploring Step-by-Step Assembly of Nanoparticle:Cytochrome Biohybrid Photoanodes
ET Hwang, KL Orchard, D Hojo, J Beton, CWJ Lockwood, T Adschiri, JN Butt, E Reisner, LJC Jeuken
– ChemElectroChem
Emerging Approaches to Stabilise Photocorrodible Electrodes and Catalysts for Solar Fuel Applications
M Crespo-Quesada, E Reisner
– Energy Environ. Sci.
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