Skip to Main Content U.S. Department of Energy
Fundamental and Computational Sciences Directorate

Staff information

Eric

Eric Wiedner

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

Biography

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

2020

  • Vollmer M.V., J. Ye, J.C. Linehan, B.J. Graziano, A.Z. Preston, E.S. Wiedner, and C.C. Lu. 2020. "Cobalt-Group 13 Complexes Catalyze CO2 Hydrogenation Using a Co(-I)/Co(I) Redox Cycle." ACS Catalysis 10, no. 4:2459-2470. PNNL-SA-150356. doi:10.1021/acscatal.9b03534
  • Wiedner E.S., A. Andersen, B. Ginovska, and N. Govind. 2020. Artificial Photosynthesis with Next Generation Molecular Catalysts. PNNL-30461. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Artificial Photosynthesis with Next Generation Molecular Catalysts

2019

  • Fourmond V., E.S. Wiedner, W.J. Shaw, and C. Leger. 2019. "Understanding and Design of Bidirectional and Reversible Catalysts of Multielectron, Multistep Reactions." Journal of the American Chemical Society 141, no. 28:11269-11285. PNNL-SA-140275. doi:10.1021/jacs.9b04854
  • Johnson S., S.P. Heins, C. Klug, E.S. Wiedner, R.M. Bullock, and S. Raugei. 2019. "Design and reactivity of pentapyridyl metal complexes for ammonia oxidation." Chemical Communications 55, no. 35:5083-5086. PNNL-SA-141391. doi:10.1039/C9CC01249D
  • Klug C., W.G. Dougherty, W.S. Kassel, and E.S. Wiedner. 2019. "Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production by a Nickel Complex Containing a Tetradentate Phosphine Ligand." Organometallics 38, no. 6:1269-1279. PNNL-SA-136666. doi:10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00548
  • Liao Q., L. Liu, S. Johnson, C. Klug, E.S. Wiedner, R.M. Bullock, and D.L. DuBois. 2019. "Evaluation of Attractive Interactions in the Second Coordination Sphere of Iron Complexes Containing Pendant Amines." Dalton Transactions 48, no. 15:4867-4878. PNNL-SA-141710. doi:10.1039/c9dt00708c
  • Wiedner E.S. 2019. "Thermodynamic Hydricity of [FeFe]-Hydrogenases." Journal of the American Chemical Society 141, no. 18:7212-7222. PNNL-SA-140083. doi:10.1021/jacs.8b13084

2018

  • 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
  • Wiedner E.S., and J.C. Linehan. 2018. "Making a Splash in Homogeneous CO2 Hydrogenation: Elucidating the Impact of Solvent on Catalytic Mechanisms." Chemistry - A European Journal 24, no. 64:16964-16971. PNNL-SA-133770. doi:10.1002/chem.201801759
  • Wiedner E.S., and K.L. Manke. 2018. "A Science Shortr: When a Catalyst Takes the Plunge." Transformations January 2018, no. 15. PNNL-SA-131839.

2017

  • 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., K. Grubel, A.M. Appel, E.S. Wiedner, and J.C. Linehan. 2017. "Hydrogenation of CO2 at Room Temperature and Low Pressure with a Cobalt Tetraphosphine Catalyst." Inorganic Chemistry 56, no. 14:8580-8589. PNNL-SA-124385. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01391
  • 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
  • Klug C., M.J. O'Hagan, R.M. Bullock, A.M. Appel, and E.S. Wiedner. 2017. "Impact of Weak Agostic Interactions in Nickel Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Oxidation." Organometallics 36, no. 12:2275-2284. PNNL-SA-123737. doi:10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00103
  • Prokopchuk D.E., E.S. Wiedner, E.D. Walter, C.V. Popescu, N.A. Piro, W.S. Kassel, and R.M. Bullock, et al. 2017. "Catalytic N2 Reduction to Silylamines and Thermodynamics of N2 Binding at Square Planar Fe." Journal of the American Chemical Society 139, no. 27:9291-9301. PNNL-SA-125864. doi:10.1021/jacs.7b04552

2016

  • Egbert J.D., M.J. O'Hagan, E.S. Wiedner, R.M. Bullock, N.A. Piro, W.S. Kassel, and M.T. Mock. 2016. "Putting Chromium on the Map for N2 Reduction: Production of Hydrazine and Ammonia. A Study of cis-M(N2)2 (M = Cr, Mo, W) Bis(diphosphine) Complexes." Chemical Communications 52, no. 62:9343-9346. PNNL-SA-116792. doi:10.1039/C6CC03449G
  • Raugei S., M.L. Helm, S. Hammes-Schiffer, A.M. Appel, M.J. O'Hagan, E.S. Wiedner, and R.M. Bullock. 2016. "Experimental and Computational Mechanistic Studies Guiding the Rational Design of Molecular Electrocatalysts for Production and Oxidation of Hydrogen." Inorganic Chemistry 55, no. 2:445-460. PNNL-SA-113594. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02262
  • Raugei S., M.L. Helm, S. Hammes-Schiffer, A.M. Appel, M.J. O'Hagan, E.S. Wiedner, and R.M. Bullock. 2016. "Experimental and Computational Mechanistic Studies Guiding the Rational Design of Molecular Electrocatalysts for Production and Oxidation of Hydrogen." Inorganic Chemistry 55, no. 2:445-460. PNNL-SA-114545. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02262
  • Wiedner E.S., and R.M. Bullock. 2016. "Electrochemical Detection of Transient Cobalt Hydride Intermediates of Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production." Journal of the American Chemical Society 138, no. 26:8309-8318. PNNL-SA-105261. doi:10.1021/jacs.6b04779
  • 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
  • Wiedner E.S., M.B. Chambers, C.L. Pitman, R.M. Bullock, A.J. Miller, and A.M. Appel. 2016. "Thermodynamic Hydricity of Transition Metal Hydrides." Chemical Reviews 116, no. 15:8655-8692. PNNL-SA-116484. doi:10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00168

2015

  • 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

2014

  • Fang M., E.S. Wiedner, W.G. Dougherty, W.S. Kassel, T.L. Liu, D.L. DuBois, and R.M. Bullock. 2014. "Cobalt Complexes Containing Pendant Amines in the Second Coordination Sphere as Electrocatalysts for H2 Production." Organometallics 33, no. 20:5820-5833. PNNL-SA-102355. doi:10.1021/om5004607
  • 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

2013

  • 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

2012

  • 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

2010

  • 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

Science at PNNL

Core Research Areas

User Facilities

Centers & Institutes

Research Highlights

View All Research Highlights & Staff Accomplishments

RSS Feed

Contacts