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Reversible H2 oxidation and evolution by hydrogenase embedded in a redox polymer film

Abstract : Efficient electrocatalytic energy conversion requires the devices to function reversibly, i.e. deliver a significant current at minimal overpotential. Redox-active films can effectively embed and stabilise molecular electrocatalysts, but mediated electron transfer through the film typically makes the catalytic response irreversible. Here, we describe a redox-active film for bidirectional (oxidation or reduction) and reversible hydrogen conversion, consisting of [FeFe] hydrogenase embedded in a low-potential, 2,2´-viologen modified hydrogel. When this catalytic film served as the anode material in a H2/O2 biofuel cell, an open circuit voltage of 1.16 V was obtained-a benchmark value near the thermodynamic limit. The same film also acted as a highly energy efficient cathode material for H2 evolution. We explained the catalytic properties using a kinetic model, which shows that reversibility can be achieved despite intermolecular electron transfer being slower than catalysis. This understanding of reversibility simplifies the design principles of highly efficient and stable bioelectrocatalytic films, advancing their implementation in energy conversion.
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Steffen Hardt, Stefanie Stapf, Dawit Filmon, James Birrell, Olaf RÜdiger, et al.. Reversible H2 oxidation and evolution by hydrogenase embedded in a redox polymer film. Nature Catalysis, Nature Publishing Group, 2021, 4, pp.251 - 258. ⟨10.1038/s41929-021-00586-1⟩. ⟨hal-03215114⟩

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