Stefan Piontek

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The need for sustainable catalysts for an efficient hydrogen evolution reaction is of significant interest for modern society. Inspired by comparable structural properties of [FeNi]-hydrogenase, here we present the natural ore pentlandite (Fe4.5Ni4.5S8) as a direct 'rock' electrode material for hydrogen evolution under acidic conditions with an(More)
Steady state and time-resolved fluorescence measurements compare the photophysical properties of Coumarin 152 (C152) and Coumarin 461 (C461) in bulk methanol solution and adsorbed to silica/vapor and silica/methanol interfaces. C152 and C461 share the same structure except for a -CF(3) (C152) or -CH(3) (C461) group at the molecule's 4-position. This modest(More)
The design of non-noble metal containing heterogenous catalysts for the activation of small molecules is of utmost importance for our society. While nature possesses very sophisticated machineries to perform such conversions, rationally designed catalytic materials are rare. Herein, we aim to raise the awareness of the overall common design and working(More)
The rock material pentlandite with the composition Fe4.5Ni4.5S8 was synthesized via high temperature synthesis from the elements. The structure and composition of the material was characterized via powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Mössbauer spectroscopy (MB), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and energy dispersive(More)
Herein, we report a simplified method for the synthesis of Triphos homologs H3CC(CH2X)n(CH2Y)3-n (X = SPh, Y = PPh2, n = 0-3). The multidentate compounds were tested for their potential to coordinate metals such as Ni, Fe, and Mo under the same experimental conditions. Cyclic voltammetry, spectroelectrochemical IR investigations as well as DFT calculations(More)
Synthetic pentlandite (Fe4.5Ni4.5S8) is a promising electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution, demonstrating high current densities, low overpotential, and remarkable stability in bulk form. The depletion of sulfur from the surface of this catalyst during the electrochemical reaction has been proposed to be beneficial for its catalytic performance, but the(More)
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