Theoretical studies of [FeFe]-hydrogenase: Structure and infrared spectra of synthetic models

Silviu Zilberman, Edward I. Stiefel, Morrel H. Cohen, Roberto Car

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First-principles density functional theory calculations of synthetic models of [FeFe]-hydrogenase are used to show that the theoretical methods reproduce observed structures and infrared spectra to high accuracy. The accuracy is demonstrated for synthetic Fe(I)Fe(I) models ([(μ-PDT)Fe2(CO) 6] and [(CN)(CO)2(μ-PDT)Fe2-(CO) 2(CN)]2-), for which we show that their infrared spectra are sensitive to the geometric arrangement of their CO/CN ligands and can be used in conjunction with quantum-mechanical total energies to predict the correct ligand geometry. We then analyze and predict the structure of mixed-valence Fe(II)Fe(I) models ([(μ-MeSCH2C(Me)(CH 2S)2)Fe2(CO)4(CN)2[ x-). These capabilities promise to distinguish among the various structural isomers of the enzyme's active site which are consistent with the limited accuracy of the X-ray observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7049-7057
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number13
StatePublished - May 6 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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