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Eric Wiedner

Catalysis Science
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


  • Wiedner ES, and RM Bullock. 2016. "Electrochemical Detection of Transient Cobalt Hydride Intermediates of Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production." Journal of the American Chemical Society 138(26):8309-8318.  doi:10.1021/jacs.6b04779
  • Wiedner ES, HJ Brown, and ML Helm. 2016. "Kinetic Analysis of Competitive Electrocatalytic Pathways: New Insights into Hydrogen Production with Nickel Electrocatalysts." Journal of the American Chemical Society 138(2):604-616.  doi:10.1021/jacs.5b10853
  • Raugei S, ML Helm, S Hammes-Schiffer, AM Appel, MJ O'Hagan, ES Wiedner, and RM Bullock. 2016. "Experimental and Computational Mechanistic Studies Guiding the Rational Design of Molecular Electrocatalysts for Production and Oxidation of Hydrogen." Inorganic Chemistry 55(2):445-460.  doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02262


  • Connelly SJ, ES Wiedner, and AM Appel. 2015. "Predicting the Reactivity of Hydride Donors in Water: Thermodynamic Constants for Hydrogen." Dalton Transactions 44(13):5933-5938.  doi:10.1039/C4DT03841J
  • Ho MH, RJ Rousseau, JA Roberts, ES Wiedner, M Dupuis, DL DuBois, RM Bullock, and S Raugei. 2015. "Ab Initio-Based Kinetic Modeling for the Design of Molecular Catalysts: the Case of H2 Production Electrocatalysts." ACS Catalysis 5(9):5436-5452.  doi:10.1021/acscatal.5b01152
  • Kochem A, MJ O'Hagan, ES 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(29):10338-10347.  doi:10.1002/chem.201500954
  • Weiss CJ, ES Wiedner, JA Roberts, and AM Appel. 2015. "Nickel Phosphine Catalysts with Pendant Amines for Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Alcohols." Chemical Communications 51(28):6172-6174.  doi:10.1039/C5CC01107H


  • Wiedner ES, and AM 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(24):8661-8668.  doi:10.1021/ja502316e
  • Wiedner ES, and ML Helm. 2014. "Comparison of [Ni(PPh2NPh2)2(CH3CN)]2+ and [Pd(PPh2NPh2)2]2+ as Electrocatalysts for H2 Production." Organometallics 33(18):4617-4620.  doi:10.1021/om4010669
  • Fang M, ES Wiedner, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, TL Liu, DL DuBois, and RM Bullock. 2014. "Cobalt Complexes Containing Pendant Amines in the Second Coordination Sphere as Electrocatalysts for H2 Production." Organometallics 33(20):5820-5833.  doi:10.1021/om5004607
  • Galan BR, ES Wiedner, ML Helm, JC Linehan, and AM Appel. 2014. "Effects of Phosphine-Carbene Substitutions on the Electrochemical and Thermodynamic Properties of Nickel Complexes." Organometallics 33(9):2287-2294.  doi:10.1021/om500206e


  • Wiedner ES, AM Appel, DL DuBois, and RM Bullock. 2013. "Thermochemical and Mechanistic Studies of Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production by Cobalt Complexes Containing Pendant Amines." Inorganic Chemistry 52(24):14391-14403.  doi:10.1021/ic4025475
  • Wiedner ES, JA Roberts, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, DL DuBois, and RM Bullock. 2013. "Synthesis and Electrochemical Studies of Cobalt(III) Monohydride Complexes Containing Pendant Amines." Inorganic Chemistry 52(17):9975-9988.  doi:10.1021/ic401232g


  • Wiedner ES, JY Yang, S Chen, S Raugei, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, ML Helm, RM Bullock, M Rakowski DuBois, and DL DuBois. 2012. "Stabilization of Nickel Complexes with Ni0···H-N Bonding Interactions Using Sterically Demanding Cyclic Diphosphine Ligands." Organometallics 31(1):144-156.  doi:10.1021/om200709z


  • Wiedner ES, JY Yang, WG Dougherty, WS Kassel, RM Bullock, M Rakowski DuBois, and DL 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(21):5390-5401.  doi:10.1021/om100395r

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