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Jeffrey I. Zink Inorganic Chemistry Seminar Series – Prof. Victor Mougel

January 31, 2024 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Flyer: Prof. Victor Mougel Flyer

Title: Bio-inspired Strategies for Small Molecule Electroreduction Across Multiple Scales

Abstract: Enzymatic systems have evolved complex strategies to maximize the efficiency and product selectivity in small molecule activation, including CO2 reduction. Besides unique active sites containing, by definition, earth-abundant elements, enzymes further control catalytic activity through second sphere interactions and a fine control of electron transfer chains. In this talk, we will introduce a series of bio-inspired strategies for the design of electrocatalytic systems for small molecule activations across multiple scales, encompassing the development of both heterogeneous and molecular catalysts. We will highlight a series of earth-abundant metal-based molecular and heterogeneous catalysts inspired by the active sites of enzymatic systems. Particular emphasis will be given to the exploration of bio-inspired strategies for electron transfers and storage, using synthetic Fe4S4 clusters.