A computational study of the mechanism of hydrogen evolution by cobalt(diimine-dioxime) catalysts.

Cobalt(diimine-dioxime) complexes catalyze hydrogen evolution with low overpotentials and remarkable stability. In this study, DFT calculations were used to investigate their catalytic mechanism, to demonstrate that the initial active state was a Co(I) complex and that H2 was evolved in a heterolytic manner through the protonation of a Co(II)-hydride… (More)