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Eric Wiedner

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


Eric Wiedner is an organometallic chemist focusing on the design of molecular catalysts for the interconversion of electrical energy and chemical fuels. He is currently a co-PI in a molecular catalysis program on carbon dioxide reduction, and in the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center. Dr. Wiedner's primary areas of expertise are catalyst design and synthesis, electrochemical methods for kinetic and mechanistic analysis, and thermochemical measurements of bond strengths.

Research Interests

  • Molecular electrocatalysis for renewable energy conversions
  • Mechanisms of catalytic transformations
  • Thermochemical studies of bond strengths related to catalysis

Education and Credentials

  • Postdoctoral Research, PNNL (with Daniel L. DuBois), 2009-2012
  • Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Michigan (with Marc J. A. Johnson), 2009
  • M.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan, 2006
  • B.S., Chemistry, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2004

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Chemical Society

Awards and Recognitions

  • Co-recipient of the 2015 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science, awarded to the PNNL hydrogen catalysis team.

PNNL Publications


  • Chambers G.M., E.S. Wiedner, and R.M. Bullock. 2018. "H2 Oxidation Electrocatalysis Enabled by Metal-to-Metal Hydrogen Atom Transfer: A Homolytic Approach to a Heterolytic Reaction." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57, no. 41:13523-13527. PNNL-SA-131196. doi:10.1002/anie.201807510


  • Bhattacharya P., Z.M. Heiden, E.S. Wiedner, S. Raugei, N.A. Piro, W.S. Kassel, and R.M. Bullock, et al. 2017. "Ammonia Oxidation by Abstraction of Three Hydrogen Atoms from a Mo-NH3 Complex." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139, no. 8:2916-2919. PNNL-SA-121628. doi:10.1021/jacs.7b00002
  • Burgess S.A., A.M. Appel, J.C. Linehan, and E.S. Wiedner. 2017. "Changing the Mechanism for CO2 Hydrogenation Using Solvent-Dependent Thermodynamics." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56, no. 47:15002-15005. PNNL-SA-128948. doi:10.1002/anie.201709319
  • Jeletic M.S., E. Hulley, M.L. Helm, M.T. Mock, A.M. Appel, E.S. Wiedner, and J.C. Linehan. 2017. "Understanding the Relationship Between Kinetics and Thermodynamics in CO2 Hydrogenation Catalysis." ACS Catalysis 7, no. 9:6008-6017. PNNL-SA-125045. doi:10.1021/acscatal.7b01673


  • Wiedner E.S., H.J. Brown, and M.L. Helm. 2016. "Kinetic Analysis of Competitive Electrocatalytic Pathways: New Insights into Hydrogen Production with Nickel Electrocatalysts." Journal of the American Chemical Society 138, no. 2:604-616. PNNL-SA-113975. doi:10.1021/jacs.5b10853


  • Connelly S.J., E.S. Wiedner, and A.M. Appel. 2015. "Predicting the Reactivity of Hydride Donors in Water: Thermodynamic Constants for Hydrogen." Dalton Transactions 44, no. 13:5933-5938. PNNL-SA-105710. doi:10.1039/C4DT03841J
  • Ho M., R.J. Rousseau, J.A. Roberts, E.S. Wiedner, M. Dupuis, D.L. DuBois, and R.M. Bullock, et al. 2015. "Ab Initio-Based Kinetic Modeling for the Design of Molecular Catalysts: the Case of H2 Production Electrocatalysts." ACS Catalysis 5, no. 9:5436-5452. PNNL-SA-110596. doi:10.1021/acscatal.5b01152
  • Kochem A., M.J. O'Hagan, E.S. Wiedner, and M. van Gastel. 2015. "Combined Spectroscopic and Electrochemical Detection of a NiI···H-N Bonding Interaction with Relevance to Electrocatalytic H2 Production." Chemistry - A European Journal 21, no. 29:10338-10347. PNNL-SA-108500. doi:10.1002/chem.201500954
  • Weiss C.J., E.S. Wiedner, J.A. Roberts, and A.M. Appel. 2015. "Nickel Phosphine Catalysts with Pendant Amines for Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Alcohols." Chemical Communications 51, no. 28:6172-6174. PNNL-SA-107999. doi:10.1039/C5CC01107H


  • Galan B.R., E.S. Wiedner, M.L. Helm, J.C. Linehan, and A.M. Appel. 2014. "Effects of Phosphine-Carbene Substitutions on the Electrochemical and Thermodynamic Properties of Nickel Complexes." Organometallics 33, no. 9:2287-2294. PNNL-SA-97196. doi:10.1021/om500206e
  • Wiedner E.S., and A.M. Appel. 2014. "Thermochemical Insight into the Reduction of CO to CH3OH with [Re(CO)]+ and [Mn(CO)]+ Complexes." Journal of the American Chemical Society 136, no. 24:8661-8668. PNNL-SA-101312. doi:10.1021/ja502316e
  • Wiedner E.S., and M.L. Helm. 2014. "Comparison of [Ni(PPh2NPh2)2(CH3CN)]2+ and [Pd(PPh2NPh2)2]2+ as Electrocatalysts for H2 Production." Organometallics 33, no. 18:4617-4620. PNNL-SA-99201. doi:10.1021/om4010669


  • Wiedner E.S., A.M. Appel, D.L. DuBois, and R.M. Bullock. 2013. "Thermochemical and Mechanistic Studies of Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production by Cobalt Complexes Containing Pendant Amines." Inorganic Chemistry 52, no. 24:14391-14403. PNNL-SA-98467. doi:10.1021/ic4025475
  • Wiedner E.S., J.A. Roberts, W.G. Dougherty, W.S. Kassel, D.L. DuBois, and R.M. Bullock. 2013. "Synthesis and Electrochemical Studies of Cobalt(III) Monohydride Complexes Containing Pendant Amines." Inorganic Chemistry 52, no. 17:9975-9988. PNNL-SA-95739. doi:10.1021/ic401232g


  • Wiedner E.S., J.Y. Yang, S. Chen, S. Raugei, W.G. Dougherty, W.S. Kassel, and M.L. Helm, et al. 2012. "Stabilization of Nickel Complexes with Ni0···H-N Bonding Interactions Using Sterically Demanding Cyclic Diphosphine Ligands." Organometallics 31, no. 1:144-156. PNNL-SA-81603. doi:10.1021/om200709z


  • Wiedner E.S., J.Y. Yang, W.G. Dougherty, W.S. Kassel, R.M. Bullock, M. Rakowski DuBois, and D.L. DuBois. 2010. "Comparison of Cobalt and Nickel Complexes with Sterically Demanding Cyclic Diphosphine Ligands: Electrocatalytic H2 Production by [Co(PtBu2NPh2)(CH3CN)3](BF4)2." Organometallics 29, no. 21:5390-5401. PNNL-SA-72956. doi:10.1021/om100395r

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