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Université de Fribourg

Insights into the mechanism of photosynthetic H 2 evolution catalyzed by a heptacoordinate cobalt complex

Lucarini, Fiorella ; Fize, Jennifer ; Morozan, Adina ; Marazzi, Marco ; Natali, Mirco ; Pastore, Mariachiara ; Artero, Vincent ; Ruggi, Albert

In: Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2020, vol. 4, no. 2, p. 589–599

H2 evolution catalyzed by a heptacoordinate complex under both electro- (1) and photo-chemical (2) conditions is analyzed in detail in order to gain insights into the mechanism of the processes. The complex shows high catalytic activity for hydrogen production in acetonitrile, in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid and triethylammonium tetrafluoroborate as proton sources. Foot-of-the-wave...

Université de Fribourg

From zero to six double bonds: phospholipid unsaturation and organelle function

Antonny, Bruno ; Vanni, Stefano ; Shindou, Hideo ; Thierry, Ferreira

In: Trends in Cell Biology, 2015, vol. 25, no. 7, p. 427–436

Cellular phospholipids (PLs) differ by the nature of their polar heads as well as by the length and unsaturation level of their fatty acyl chains. We discuss how the ratio between saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated PLs impacts on the functions of such organelles as the endoplasmic reticulum, synaptic vesicles, and photoreceptor discs. Recent experiments and simulations suggest...

Université de Neuchâtel

Hydrogen-bonded metalla-assemblies

Zhang, Fan ; Therrien, Bruno (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018.

Hydrogen bonds are the most utilized non-covalent interactions in biological systems, due to their directionality, stability, reversibility and diversity. The weak strength of hydrogen-bond can be modified by combining several hydrogen bonds in the same unit, like in the melamine∙cyanuric/barbituric acid rosette-type system. Arene ruthenium metalla-assemblies have showed a great biological...