peroxide reduction

dan prater dan at
Tue Oct 23 20:56:53 EST 2001

hello all,
i'm a grad student at purdue, and i'm doing my masters thesis on
electrochemical reduction of hydrogen peroxide. i'm looking to
catalyze the half-reaction:
H2O2 + 2H+ + 2e- --> 2H2O
that is, the complete reduction without peroxide decomposition, as the
case usually is. i've taken a hint from a colleague, and began to look
into catalysts that are biologically based... either enzymes, or
molecules that behave as such (Schiff complexes, etc.).
i'm not a student of the bio-sciences, i've got bachelors in chemistry
and physics, so please dumb-down your responses. i'm looking at this
from the standpoint of an electrochemist. at what molecules might i
look to engage this reaction? is there an enzyme that catalyzes this
dan prater
dan_ at but without the underscores

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