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Chem Commun (Camb). 2008 Nov 30;(44):5800-2. doi: 10.1039/b811352a. Epub 2008 Oct 1.

A proton-hydride diiron complex with a base-containing diphosphine ligand relevant to the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site.

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  • 1State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, DUT-KTH Joint Education and Research Centre on Molecular Devices, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, 116012, China.


A diiron dithiolate complex holding a mu-hydride on the iron atoms and a proton on the basic site of a chelating diphosphine ligand was prepared and crystallographically characterized as a structural model of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site, and its molecular structure shows the H(mu)(-)...H(N)(+) distance is 3.934 A.

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