The main research theme in my group is to understand and mimic bioinorganic multi-electron processes that are relevant to our future energy infrastructure. Reduction of protons generates hydrogen that can be used as a chemical fuel. Alternatively to gaseous hydrogen, the reduction of carbon dioxide can afford a liquid carbon based fuel. In case of both reactions protons and electrons are necessary which are generated by oxidation of water to produce dioxygen. We focus in particular on molecular catalysts that allow for specific structural modifications in order to tune and control the observed catalytic activity.
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