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Michael Mock

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K2-57
Richland, WA 99352


Michael Mock joined PNNL as a post-doctoral research scientist in the fall of 2007 as part of the Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence. As part of this research team his work focused on studying the thermodynamic hydride donor abilities of transition metal hydrides. These fundamental efforts were used to examine hydride transfer reactions from transition metal hydrides to BX3 compounds as part of a multi-step process to regenerate the hydrogen storage material ammonia borane. In 2009 he joined PNNL as a staff scientist as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). His current research interests are focused on preparing homogeneous molecular electrocatalysts for dinitrogen reduction to ammonia.

Research Interests

  • Preparation and reactivity of transition metal dinitrogen complexes
  • Electrocatalytic processes for small molecule transformations
  • Reactivity and thermodynamic studies of transition metal hydrides

Education and Credentials

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, PNNL, Richland, WA, 2007-2009
  • Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2007
  • M.S., Inorganic Chemistry, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 2002
  • B.S., Chemistry, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 1999

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Chemical Society

PNNL Publications


  • Bhattacharya P, DE Prokopchuk, and MT Mock. 2017. "Exploring the Role of Pendant Amines in Transition Metal Complexes for the Reduction of N2 to Hydrazine and Ammonia." Coordination Chemistry Reviews 334:67-83.  doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2016.07.005
  • Bhattacharya P, ZM Heiden, ES Wiedner, S Raugei, NA Piro, WS Kassel, RM Bullock, and MT Mock. 2017. "Ammonia Oxidation by Abstraction of Three Hydrogen Atoms from a Mo-NH3 Complex." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139(8):2916-2919.  doi:10.1021/jacs.7b00002
  • Jeletic MS, E Hulley, ML Helm, MT Mock, AM Appel, ES Wiedner, and JC Linehan. 2017. "Understanding the Relationship Between Kinetics and Thermodynamics in CO2 Hydrogenation Catalysis." ACS Catalysis 7(9):6008-6017.  doi:10.1021/acscatal.7b01673
  • Prokopchuk DE, ES Wiedner, ED Walter, CV Popescu, NA Piro, WS Kassel, RM Bullock, and MT Mock. 2017. "Catalytic N2 Reduction into Silylamines and Thermodynamics of N2 Binding at Square Planar Fe." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139(27):9291-9301.  doi:10.1021/jacs.7b04552


  • Egbert JD, LA Labios, JM Darmon, NA Piro, WS Kassel, and MT Mock. 2016. "Synthesis and Structure of Vanadium Halide Complexes Containing Diphosphine Ligands with Pendant Amines." European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2016(8):1293-1299.  doi:10.1002/ejic.201501477


  • Labios LAN, CJ Weiss, JD Egbert, SJ Lense, RM Bullock, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, and MT Mock. 2015. "Synthesis and Protonation Studies of Molybdenum(0) Bis(dinitrogen) Complexes Supported by Diphosphine Ligands Containing Pendant Amines." Zeitschrift fuer Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie 641(1):105-117.  doi:10.1002/zaac.201400119
  • Labios LAN, ZM Heiden, and MT Mock. 2015. "Electronic and Steric Influences of Pendant Amine Groups on the Protonation of Molybdenum bis(Dinitrogen) Complexes." Inorganic Chemistry 54(9):4409-4422.  doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b00209
  • Mock MT, AW Pierpont, JD Egbert, MJ O'Hagan, S Chen, RM Bullock, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, and RJ Rousseau. 2015. "Protonation Studies of a Mono-Dinitrogen Complex of Chromium Supported by a 12-Membered Phosphorus Macrocycle Containing Pendant Amines." Inorganic Chemistry 54(10):4827-4839.  doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b00351


  • Heiden ZM, S Chen, LAN Labios, RM Bullock, ED Walter, EL Tyson, and MT Mock. 2014. "Proton and Electron Additions to Iron (II) Dinitrogen Complexes Containing Pendant Amines." Organometallics 33(6):1333-1336.  doi:10.1021/om401089d
  • Jeletic MS, ML Helm, EB Hulley, MT Mock, AM Appel, and JC Linehan. 2014. "A Cobalt Hydride Catalyst for the Hydrogenation of CO2: Pathways for Catalysis and Deactivation." ACS Catalysis 4(10):3755-3762.  doi:10.1021/cs5009927
  • Weiss CJ, JD Egbert, S Chen, ML Helm, RM Bullock, and MT Mock. 2014. "Protonation Studies of a Tungsten Dinitrogen Complex Supported by a Diphosphine Ligand Containing a Pendant Amine." Organometallics 33(9):21859-2200.  doi:10.1021/om401127v


  • Heiden ZM, S Chen, MT Mock, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, RJ Rousseau, and RM Bullock. 2013. "Protonation of Ferrous Dinitrogen Complexes Containing a Diphosphine Ligand with a Pendant Amine ." Inorganic Chemistry 52(7):4026-4039.  doi:10.1021/ic4000704
  • Hoffert WA, MT Mock, AM Appel, and JY Yang. 2013. "Incorporation of Hydrogen Bonding Functionalities into the Second Coordination Sphere of Iron-Based Water Oxidation Catalysts." European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2013(22-23):3846-3857.  doi:10.1002/ejic.201201499
  • Jeletic MS, MT Mock, AM Appel, and JC Linehan. 2013. "A Cobalt-based Catalyst for CO2 Hydrogenation Under Ambient Conditions." Journal of the American Chemical Society 135(31):11533-11536.  doi:10.1021/ja406601v
  • Mock MT, S Chen, MJ O'Hagan, RJ Rousseau, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, and RM Bullock. 2013. "Dinitrogen Reduction by a Chromium(0) Complex Supported by a 16-membered Phosphorus Macrocycle." Journal of the American Chemical Society 135(31):11493-11496.  doi:10.1021/ja405668u


  • Weiss CJ, AN Groves, MT Mock, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, ML Helm, DL DuBois, and RM Bullock. 2012. "Synthesis and reactivity of molybdenum and tungsten bis(dinitrogen) complexes supported by diphosphine chelates containing pendant amines." Dalton Transactions 41(15):4517-4529.  doi:10.1039/C2DT12224C


  • Mock MT, RG Potter, MJ O'Hagan, DM Camaioni, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, and DL DuBois. 2011. "Synthesis and Hydride Transfer Reactions of Cobalt and Nickel Hydride Complexes to BX3 Compounds ." Inorganic Chemistry 50(23):11914-11928.  doi:10.1021/ic200857x
  • Mock MT, S Chen, RJ Rousseau, MJ O'Hagan, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, DL DuBois, and RM Bullock. 2011. "A Rare Terminal Dinitrogen Complex of Chromium." Chemical Communications 47(44):12212-12214.  doi:10.1039/C1CC15430C


  • Mock MT, RG Potter, DM Camaioni, J Li, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, B Twamley, and DL DuBois. 2009. "Thermodynamic Studies and Hydride Transfer Reactions from a Rhodium Complex to BX3 Compounds ." Journal of the American Chemical Society 131(40):14454-14465. 

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