Hydrogenomics: Efficient and Selective Hydrogenation of Stable Molecules Utilizing Three Aspects of Hydrogen

K. Fukutani, J. Yoshinobu, M. Yamauchi, T. Shima, S. Orimo

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Abstract: Hydrogen is chemically flexible revealing three aspects; protium (H), proton (H+), and hydride (H-), which are active toward hydrogenation reactions. While the reactivity of protium is characterized by the potential energy at a catalyst surface, electron transfer is of importance as an additional degree of freedom in the reactions with proton and hydride. A promising strategy is to make full use of these active hydrogen species for hydrogenation of stable molecules and achieve chemical transformation of these molecules, which we call “Hydrogenomics”. By reviewing recent studies on the hydrogenation of hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide, dinitrogen, and so on using these active hydrogen species on model metal surfaces, nanoscale electrocatalysts, and multimetallic polyhydride clusters, we discuss the fundamental concepts behind the reactions and possible control of the efficient and selective hydrogenation reactions. Graphic Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1583-1597
Number of pages15
JournalCatalysis Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jun


  • Catalysis, hydride cluster, alloying
  • Elementary kinetics, electrocatalysis
  • Hydrogenation
  • Processes and reactions, surface reaction kinetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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