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An amino acid is essential

Formic acid is a promising hydrogen carrier, but more effective and economical catalysis of both its synthesis from H2 and CO2 and its dehydrogenation is needed. To this end, a Mn-based complex, in the presence of an α-amino acid, is now shown to promote efficient catalysis of both reactions and enable retention and reuse of CO2.

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Fig. 1: Reversible formic acid synthesis using a manganese pincer complex.


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Lense, S. An amino acid is essential. Nat Energy 7, 396–397 (2022).

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