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Masayuki Yagi, Speaker at Chemical Engineering Conferences
Niigata University, Japan
Title : Molecular catalysts for water oxidation in a homogenous solution and heterogeneous surface


Water splitting by sunlight into molecular hydrogen and oxygen in artificial photosynthesis is a promising technology to settle the energy and environmental issues. In this context, much effort has been paid for development of molecular catalysts for water oxidation inspired by the oxygen-evolving complex in photosystem II. Herein we report unique synthesis of a new series of dinuclear ruthenium (II) complexes using photoisomerization of a mononuclear complex. The activity and mechanism of electrocatalytic water oxidation by these derivatives in homogeneous solution and heterogeneous surface will be discussed.


Masayuki Yagi received his Ph.D. from Saitama University. He joined the faculty of Niigata University (Japan) in 1996 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry in the following year. He has been Professor of Materials Science and Technology since 2009. From 1999 to 2001, he worked as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University with support from the JSPS program. From 2009 to 2013, he worked as a PRESTO fellow at JST.