Hydrogenases are enzymes that catalyse the reversible two-electron oxidation of H-2. The [NiFe] hydrogenases have been characterised spectroscopically and by single crystal X-ray diffraction, and show an active site incorporating a heterobinuclear [NiFe] centre bridged by two cysteine S-donors. Low molecular weight synthetic complex models, which structurally mimic the dithiolate-bridged [NiFe] centre, serve as important probes of structure and chemistry at the active site and are the subject of this review. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Coordination Chemistry Reviews|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry