The Berben group is investigating the behavior of low-valent metal-metal bonded copper clusters as soluble models for the reduction of CO2 by heterogeneous Cu-containing catalysts. To achieve this goal we are using electrochemical techniques including cyclic voltammetry to interrogate both solution dissolved species and single-site Cu and Cu-Cu bonded molecular species as supported molecular catalysts. The insights we gain by studying reaction intermediates and products are guiding future model design and future catalyst development for CO2 reduction.
Berben, L. A. "Catalysis by Aluminum(III) Complexes of Non-Innocent Ligands" Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 2734-2742.
Thompson, E.J.; Myers, T.W.; Berben, L.A. "Synthesis of Square Planar Al(III) Complexes" Angew. Chem. 2014, 53, 14132-14134.