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Etsuko Fujita

Etsuko Fujita

Senior Chemist

Chemistry Division
Building 555
Brookhaven National Laboratory
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

Phone: (631) 344-4356
FAX:    (631) 344-5815

Artificial Photosynthesis Group

Research Interests

Photochemistry of transition-metal complexes, organometallic compounds, and band-gap-narrowed semiconductors, photochemical and electrochemical CO2 reduction and water splitting, small molecule activation, and bio-inspired catalysis for fuel production


B.S. Ochanomizu University, Japan, March, 1972
Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, December, 1976

Professional Employment

Research Associate, Department of Applied Science, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1976-78
Assistant Chemist 1978-81, Associate Chemist, 1981-84, then Chemistry Associate (1984-86), Department of Applied Science, BNL
Chemist, Chemistry Division, BNL, 1986-88
Chemist, Continuing, Chemistry Division, BNL, 1988-2007
Senior Chemist with tenure, Chemistry Division, BNL, 2008-present
Artificial Photosynthesis Group Leader, Chemistry Division, BNL, 2011-present

Selected Professional Activities from 2002

Visiting Professor, Osaka University, Japan, Dec. 2002 - Feb. 2003
Visiting Professor, Kumamoto University, Japan, Nov. – Dec. 2008
Visiting Lecturer, Ochanomizu University, Japan, Sep. – Oct. 2010
Visiting Lecturer, Korea University, Korea, Oct. 2012
Panelist/guest speaker: the NSF workshop on "Reversing Global Warming: Chemical Recycling and Utilization of CO2", July, 2008
Panelist/guest speaker: The Colorado Colaboratories/DOE Workshop on "Efficient Conversion of Solar Energy to Electricity and Fuels: Critical Research Directions and Tutorial", August, 2008
Panelist, DOE Workshop on "Solar Energy Utilization", 2005
Panelist, DOE Workshop on "Basic Research Needs in Catalysis for Energy", 2007
Panelist/guest speaker: DOE Workshop on "CO2 Reduction: Comparing Natural and Synthetic Systems", 2011.
Participant and DOE report writer, U.S.-Japan Workshop on “Basic Science Project Development,” breakout session on “Artificial Photosynthesis and Dye Sensitized Solar Cells,” June, 2010
Member of the DOE Committee of Visitors, April, 2008
Member of the Brookhaven National Laboratory Council, 2009 – 2012
Advisory board member for the NSF funded the Center for Chemical Innovation project “Powering the Planet”, 2008 – present
Advisory board member for the Japan Science and Technology, PRESTO (i.e., Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology) Project entitled “Light Energy and Chemical Conversion” 2009 – present
Advisory board member for Project entitled “Light Energy and Chemical Conversion”; the Strategic Research Centre on Solar Energy Conversion, Dublin, Ireland, 2010 – present
Advisory board member for DOE BES funded Computational Materials and Chemical Sciences Network project entitled “Computational Studies of Solar Water Splitting by Semiconductor Photocatalysts at the Aqueous Solution Interface”, 2011-present
Advisory board member as a Leading Scientist for the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) funded project entitled “Interdisciplinary research toward practical use of solar energy: Conversion of solar energy to materials by artificial photosynthesis”, Japan, 2012 - present
Guest co-editor (with K. Domen and J. T. Muckerman) for a special issue of ChemSusChem on photocatalysis. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2011
Member of the scientific committee of the 2nd International Symposium on Solar Fuels and Solar Cells, Dalian, China, August 28-31, 2010
Advisory board member for J. Phys. Chem., ChemSusChem, and Artificial Photosynthesis
Reviewer of proposals: DOE, NSF, ACS PRF, and JST
Reviewer of Journals: J. Am. Chem. Soc., Inorg. Chem. J. Phys. Chem., Acc. Chem. Res., Organometallics, Nature Chemistry, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Energy and Environ. Sci., Chem. Commun., Dalton Trans., ChemSusChem, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, etc.


Recipient of the JST Award, Japan Science Fair, Tokyo, Japan, 1967
Recipient of the First Prize and the ACS Award, International Science Fair, Detroit, MI, 1968
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, 1995
The BNL Science and Technology Award, 2008
The 23rd Annual "In Recognition of Women" Award, Town of Brookhaven, NY, 2009

Recent Key Publications

Combined Ligand Effects Enhance Iridium(III)-Catalyzed Homogeneous Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide in Water near Ambient Temperature and Pressure, Wang, W.-H.; Hull, J. F.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E.; Himeda, Y. Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 7923-7926.

Mechanisms for CO Production from CO2 Using Reduced Rhenium Tricarbonyl Catalysts, Agarwal, J.; Fujita, E.; Schaefer, H. F.; Muckerman, J. T. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012,134, 5180-5186.

eversible Hydrogen Storage using CO2 and a Proton-Switchable Iridium Catalyst in Aqueous Media under Mild Temperatures and Pressures, Hull, J. F.; Himeda, Y.; Wang, W.-H.; Hashiguchi, B.; Szalda, D. J.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E. Nature Chemistry, 2012, 4, 383-388.

Thermodynamics and Kinetics of CO2, CO and H+ Binding to a Metal Center of CO2 Reduction Catalysts, Schneider, J.; Jia, H.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2012, 41, 2036-2051.

Effects of a Proximal Base on Water Oxidation and Proton Reduction Catalyzed by Geometric Isomers of [Ru(tpy)(pynap)(OH2)]2+, Boyer, J. L.; Polyansky, D. E.; Szalda, D. J.; Zong, R.; Thummel, R. P.; Fujita, E. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 12600-12604.

Water Oxidation by a Mononuclear Ruthenium Catalyst: Characterization of the Intermediates, Polyansky, D. E.; Muckerman, J. T.; Rochford, J.; Thummel, R. P.; Zong, R.; Fujita, E. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 14649-14665.

Hydrogen Production Mechanisms with a Cobaloxime Complex, Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E. Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 12456-12458.

Toward More Efficient Photochemical CO2 Reduction: Use of scCO2 or Photogenerated Hydrides, Doherty, M. D.; Grills, D. C.; Muckerman, J. T.; Polyansky, D. E.; Fujita, E. Coord. Chem. Rev., 2010, 254, 2472-2482.

Ruthenium Complexes with Non-innocent Ligands: Electron Distribution and Implications for Catalysis, Boyer, J. L.; Rochford, J.; Tsai, M.-K.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E., Coord. Chem. Rev. 2010, 254, 309-330.

Molecular Approaches to the Photocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide for Solar Fuels, Morris, A. J.; Meyer, G. J.; Fujita, E., Acc. Chem. Res. 2009, 42, 1983-1994.

Full Publications List

List of invited talks (national and international meetings from 2006)