An S-Oxygenated [NiFe] Complex Modelling Sulfenate Intermediates of an O₂-Tolerant Hydrogenase
To understand the molecular details of O2-tolerant hydrogen cycling by a soluble NAD+-reducing [NiFe] hydrogenase, we herein present the first bioinspired heterobimetallic S-oxygenated [NiFe] complex as a structural and vibrational spectroscopic model for the oxygen-inhibited [NiFe] active site. This compound and its non-S-oxygenated congener were fully characterized, and their electronic structures were elucidated in a combined experimental and theoretical study with emphasis on the bridging sulfenato moiety. Based on the vibrational spectroscopic properties of these complexes, we also propose novel strategies for exploring S-oxygenated intermediates in hydrogenases and similar enzymes.
resonance Raman spectroscopy