The Eisenberg Research Group

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry: Synthesis, structure, Catalysis, and Photochemistry

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September 2014:
We wish postdoc Amit Das all the success as he embarks on a research position with Prof. Shannon Stahl at the University of Wisconsin. Amit was the leader in making exchange inert capping agents for CdSe QDs we were studying for H2 generation and in finding new Ni-based catalysts having redox active ligands.

Rich received the John C. Bailar, Jr. Award from the University of Illinois in Sept., 2014. Rich is a scientific "grandson" of Bailar's, having worked with Harry Gray who worked with Fred Basolo who worked with John. He was deeply honored to receive the award and had a wonderful time in the Chemistry Department in Champagne-Urbana.

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Recent Publications

Light-Driven Hydrogen Production from Aqueous Protons using Molybdenum Catalysts, Eckenhoff, W. T.; Brennessel W. W.; Eisenberg, R. Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53, 9860–9869.

From Seconds to Femtoseconds: Solar Hydrogen Production and Transient Absorption of Chalcogenorhodamine Dyes, Sabatini, R. P.; Eckenhoff, W. T.; Orchard, A.; Mulhern, K. R.; Detty, M. R.;Watson, D. F.; McCamant, D. W.; Eisenberg, R., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 7740–7750.

Fuel from Water: The Photochemical Generation of Hydrogen from Water, Han, Z.; Eisenberg, R. Accounts Chem. Res., 2014, ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/ar5001605.

Reversible Mechanochromic Luminescence at Room Temperature in Cationic Platinum(II) Terpyridyl Complexes, Han, A.; Sun, Z.; Wu, H.; Yan, Z.; Jia, H.; Zhang, R.; Liang, Z.; Cao, R.; Du, P.; Eisenberg, R., Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53, 3338–3344.

A Recyclable Heterogeneous Gold Catalyst for Electrophilic Chemistry of Polarized Dienones, Vaidya, T.; Cheng, R.; Carlsen P. N. ; Frontier, A. J.; Eisenberg, R., Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 800–803.

Photogeneration of Hydrogen from Water Using CdSe Nanocrystals: The Importance of Surface Exchange, Das, A.; Han, Z.; Haghighi, M. G.; Eisenberg, R., Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 2013, 110, 16716-16723: doi:10.1073/pnas.1316755110.

Nickel Pyridylthiolate Complexes for the Photocatalytic Production of Hydrogen from Aqueous Solutions in Noble-Metal-Free Systems, Han, Z.; Shen, L.; Holland, P. L.; Brennessel, W. W.; Holland, P. L.; Eisenberg, R. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 14659–14669.

Cobalt Complexes as Artificial Hydrogenases for the Reductive Side of Water Splitting, Eckenhoff, W. T.; McNamara, W. R.; Du, P.; Eisenberg, R., Biochimica Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics, 2013, 1827, 958-973.

Robust Photogeneration of H2 in Water Using Semiconductor Nanocrystals and a Nickel Catalyst, Han, Z.; Qiu, F.; Eisenberg, R.; Holland, P. L.; Krauss, T. D. Science 2012, 1321-1324 [DOI:10.1126/science.1227775].

Molecular Systems for Light Driven Hydrogen Production, Eckenhoff, W. T.; Eisenberg, R., Dalton Trans. 2012, 41, 13004-13021.

Cobalt-Dithiolene Complexes for the Photocatalytic and Electrocatalytic Reduction of Protons in Aqueous Solutions, McNamara, W. R.; Han, Z.; Yin, C.-J.; Brennessel, W. W.; Holland, P. L.; Eisenberg, R., Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 2012, 109, 15594-15599.

A Nickel Thiolate Catalyst for the Long-Lived Photocatalytic Production of Hydrogen in a Noble- Metal-Free System, Han, Z.; McNamara, W. R.; Eum, M.-S.; Holland, P. L.; Eisenberg, R., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 1667-1670.

Catalysts Made of Earth-Abundant Elements (Co, Ni, Fe) for Water Splitting: Recent Progress and Future Challenges, Du, P.; Eisenberg, R., Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 6012-6021.

Non-innocence in Metal Complexes: A Dithiolene Dawn, Eisenberg, R.; Gray, H. B., Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 9741-9751.

The Impact of Ligand Exchange in Hydrogen Production from Cobaloxime-Fluorescein Photocatalytic Assemblies, McCormick, T. M.; Han, Z.; Weinberg, D. J.; Holland, P. L.; Eisenberg, R., Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 10660-10666.

A Cobalt-Dithiolene Complex for the Photocatalytic and Electrocatalytic Reduction of Protons, McNamara, W. R.; Han, Z.; Alperin, P. J.; Brennessel, W. W.; Holland, P. L.; Eisenberg, R., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 15368-15371.

Sensitizing the Sensitizer: The Synthesis and Photophysical Study of Bodipy-Pt(II)(diimine) (dithiolate) Conjugates, Lazarides, T.; McCormick, T.; Wilson, K. C,; Lee, S.; McCamant, D.; Eisenberg, R., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 350?364.

Intersystem Crossing in Halogenated Bodipy Chromophores Used for Solar Hydrogen Production, Sabatini, R. P.; McCormick, T. M.; Lazarides, T.; Wilson, K. C.; Eisenberg, R.; McCamant, D., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2011, 2, 223-227.

Divergent Reaction Pathways of a Cationic Intermediate: Rearrangement and Cyclization of 2- Substituted Furyl and Benzofuryl Enones Catalyzed by Iridium(III), Vaidya, T.; Manbeck, G., F.; Chen, S.; Frontier, A. J.; Eisenberg, R., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 3300-3303.

Catalytic Nazarov Cyclization: The State of the Art, Vaidya, T.; Eisenberg, R.; Frontier, A. J., ChemCatChem 2011, 47, 7989-7991.