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Trevor Simmons

Postdoctoral Fellow

After travelling round the world, Trevor Simmons decided to ‘follow his passion’ and study Chemistry, obtaining his B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry in 2008, at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, U.K.). In 2011 he received his Ph.D. at the Energy Materials Laboratory, also at UEA, under the guidance and supervision of Prof. Chris Pickett. His research involved the synthesis, electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical study of novel, model complexes related to the [FeFe]-hydrogenase. He is now working as a post-doctoral research associate in the group of Dr Vincent Artero, at CEA, Grenoble. Working on a plethora of projects, he is involved in the construction of artificial H2ase enzymes, as well as the synthesis and catalytic analysis of mimics of the [NiFe]-hydrogenase, for H2 production.

Selected Publications:

1. Artificial maturation of [FeFe]-hydrogenases: biomimetic chemistry and biological machinery in synergy

​G. Berggren, T.R. Simmons, A. Adamska, E. Reijerse, L. Camilla, M. Atta, S. Gambarelli, J.M. Mouesca, W. Lubitz, T. Happe, V. Artero and M. Fontecave Nature, 2013, 499, 66-69.


2. Biomimetic assembly and activation of [FeFe]-hydrogenases

G. Berggren, A. Adamska, C. Lambertz, T.R. Simmons, J. Esselborn, M. Atta, S. Gambarelli, J.M. Mouesca, E. Reijerse, W. Lubitz,  T. Happe, V. Artero and M. Fontecave

Nature, 2013, 499, 66-69


3. Spontaneous activation of [FeFe]-hydrogenases by an inorganic [2Fe] active site mimic

J. Esselborn, C. Lambertz, A. Adamska-Venkatesh, T. Simmons, G. Berggren, J. Noth, J. Siebel, A. Hemschemeier, V. Artero, E. Reijerse, M. Fontecave, W. Lubitz and T. Happe

Nature Chemical Biology, 2013, doi:10.1038/nchembio.1311.


4. Catalytic hydrogen oxidation: dawn of a new Iron Age

T.R. Simmons and V. Artero

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013, 52, 6143-45



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