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Title Nitrogen Binding to the FeMo-Cofactor of Nitrogenase
Abstract Density functional calculations are presented to unravel the first steps of nitrogen fixation of nitrogenase. The individual steps leading from the resting state to nitrogen binding at the FeMo-cofactor with a central nitrogen ligand are characterized. The calculations indicate that the Fe-Mo cage opens as dinitrogen binds to the cluster. In the resting state, the central cage is overall neutral. Electrons and protons are transferred in an alternating manner. Upon dinitrogen binding, one protonated sulfur bridge is broken. An axial and a bridged binding mode of dinitrogen have been identified. Adsorption at the Mo site has been investigated but appears to be less favorable than binding at Fe sites.
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Keywords Physics , Chemistry , Biology
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Journal Article J Am Chem Soc 125 (2003): 15772-15778. doi:10.1021/ja0367997 2003