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Synthesis and vibrational spectroscopy of Fe-57-labeled models of [NiFe] hydrogenase: first direct observation of a nickel-iron interaction

Schilter, David; Pelmenschikov, Vladimir; Wang, Hongxin; Meier, Florian; Gee, Leland B.; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Kaupp, Martin; Rauchfuss, Thomas B.; Cramer, Stephen P.

Inst. Chemie

A new route to iron carbonyls has enabled synthesis of 57Fe-​labeled [NiFe] hydrogenase mimic (OC)​357Fe(pdt)​Ni(dppe) (pdt = 1,​3-​propanedithiolate)​. Its study by nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy revealed Ni-​57Fe vibrations, as confirmed by calcns. The modes are absent for [(OC)​357Fe(pdt)​Ni(dppe)​]​+, which lacks Ni-​57Fe bonding, underscoring the utility of the analyses in identifying metal-​metal interactions.