Congratulations to the Wolf Group! Their article, Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 with Palladium Bis-N-heterocyclic Carbene Pincer Complexes, was featured on the cover of Inorganic Chemistry.
Electrochemical characterization of pyridine- and lutidine-linked palladium bis-N-heterocyclic carbene pincer complexes under N2 and CO2 atmospheres shows that the lutidine-linked complexes electrocatalytically reduce CO2 to CO. Comparative DFT studies of these species alongside two known CO2 reduction electrocatalysts are used to probe CO2-activation thermodynamics, explain varying requirements for proton sources, and investigate charge transfer from redox-active ligands. See J. A. Therrien, M. O. Wolf, and B. O. Patrick, p 12962.
View the article: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ic502056w