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Etsuko Fujita

Etsuko Fujita

Senior Chemist, Group Leader of Artificial Photosynthesis Group

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


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

Professional Employment:

Research Associate, Department of Applied Science, BNL, 1976-78
Assistant Chemist, Associate Chemist, then Chemistry Associate, Department of Applied Science, BNL, 1978-86
Chemist, Chemistry Department, BNL, 1986-2007
Senior Chemist, Chemistry Department, BNL, 2007-2008
Senior Chemist with tenure, Chemistry Division, BNL, 2008-present

Adjunct Appointments, Fellowships and Awards:

Recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, 1995
Center of Excellence Fellow at the Nat’l Inst. of Materials and Chemical Research, Tsukuba, Japan, 1998
Visiting Professor, Osaka University, Japan, Dec. 2002-Feb. 2003
Recipient of the 2008 BNL Science and Technology Award; and the 23rd Annual "In Recognition of Women" Award, Town of Brookhaven, NY, 2009.
Visiting Professor for International Collaboration at Kumamoto University, 2016-present.
Recipient of the 2016 R&D100 Award

Selected Professional Activities from 2005

Panelist: The US Department of Energy (DOE) Workshops on: (1) Solar Energy Utilization, 2005; (2) Basic Research Needs in Catalysis for Energy, 2007; and (3) CO2 Reduction: Comparing Natural and Synthetic Systems, 2011.

Member of the DOE Committee of Visitors, April, 2008.

Reviewer of program evaluations: Solar Energy Conversion Strategic Research Cluster, UCD, Dublin, Ireland, April, 2011; the Swedish Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis and KTH-SU STEM projects, Uppsala and Stockholm, Sweden, May, 2011.

Advisory board member for ChemSusChem.

Advisory board member for several solar energy conversion projects: (1) Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Project on Innovative Areas “Innovations for Light-Energy Conversion” 2017-2022; (2) Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “All Nippon Artificial Photosynthesis Project for Living Earth (AnApple)”, 2013-2017; (3) the NSF funded the Center for Chemical Innovation project “Solar Fuels”, 2008 – 2018; (4) the Japan Science and Technology, PRESTO Project entitled “Light Energy and Chemical Conversion” 2009 – 2017; and (5) “Light Energy and Chemical Conversion”; Strategic Research Centre on Solar Energy Conversion, Dublin, Ireland, 2010 – 2013.

Guest Co-editor (with K. Domen and J. T. Muckerman), special issue of ChemSusChem on photocatalysis, 2010; Guest Co-editor (with A. Goldman), Inorg. Chem. Forum on “Small Molecule Activation: From Biological Priciples to Energy Applications”, 2015; Guest Co-editor (with L. Sun and H. Dau), special issue of ChemSusChem on Artifical Photosynthesis, 2017; Guest co-editor (with Leif Hammarstöm, Sasha Ott and Sharon Hammes-Schiffer), special issue of Chem.Commun. on “Frontiers of proton-coupled electron-transfer reactions”, 2018-2019.

Co-organizer (with O. Ishitani and S. O. Kang): Symposium entitled “Artificial Photosynthesis: Reduction of Carbon Dioxide”, PACIFICHEM 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec. 2015 and PACIFICHEM 2020 (Scheduled), Honolulu, Hawaii

Co-organizer (with H. Ishida and others), Molecular Catalysts for CO2 Fixation/Reduction, The 43rd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, Sendai, Japan, 2018

Research Interests

Photochemical and electrochemical CO2 reduction and water splitting; Photochemistry of transition-metal complexes; CO2 Hydrogenation and formic acid dehydrogenation; Earth-abundant catalysts for HER; Small molecule activation; and Bio-inspired chemistry of hydrogenases, NADH, and porphyrins.

Selected Publications (since 2012):

  1. Thermodynamics and Kinetics of CO2, CO and H+ Binding to a Metal Center of CO2 Reduction Catalysts, J. Schneider, H. Jia, J. T. Muckerman, E. Fujita, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2012, 41, 2036-2051.
  2. Reversible Hydrogen Storage using CO2 and a Proton-Switchable Iridium Catalyst in Aqueous Media under Mild Temperatures and Pressures, J. F. Hull, Y. Himeda, W.-H.Wang, B. Hashiguchi, R. Periana, D. J. Szalda, J. T. Muckerman, E. Fujita, E.  Nat. Chem. 2012, 4, 383-388.
  3. Nickel(II) Macrocycles: Highly Efficient Electrocatalysts for the Selective Reduction of CO2 to CO, Schneider, J.; Jia, H.;  Kobiro, K.; Cabelli, D.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E.  Energy Environ. Sci. 2012, 5, 9502-9510.
  4. Frontiers, Opportunities, and Challenges in Biochemical and Chemical Catalysis of CO2, Appel, A. M. et al. Chem. Rev. 2013, 113, 6621–6658.
  5. Mechanistic Insight through Factors Controlling Effective Hydrogenation of CO2 Catalyzed by Bioinspired Proton-responsive Iridium(III) Complexes, Wang, W.-H.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E.; Himeda, Y.  ACS Catal. 2013, 3, 856-860.
  6. Biomass-Derived Electrocatalytic Composites for Hydrogen Evolution, Chen, W. –F.; Iyer, S.; Iyer, S.; Sasaki, K., Wang, C. -H.; Zhu, Y.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E.  Energy Environ. Sci. 2013, 6, 1818-1826.
  7. Enabling Light-Driven Water Oxidation via a Low Energy RuIV=O Intermediate, Lewandowska-Andralojc, A.;  Polyansky, D. E.;  Zong, R.;  Thummel, R. P.; Fujita, E.  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 14058-14068.
  8. Recent Developments in Transition Metal Carbides and Nitrides as Hydrogen Evolution Electrocatalysts, Chen, W.-F.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E.  Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 8896-8909.
  9. Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies of Carbon-to-Metal Hydrogen Atom Transfer Involving Os-Centered Radicals: Evidence for Tunneling, Lewandowska-Andralojc, A.; Grills, D. C.; Zhang, J.; Bullock, R. M.; Miyazawa, A.; Kawanishi, Y.; Fujita, E.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 3572-3578.
  10. CO2 Hydrogenation to Formate and Methanol as an Alternative to Photo and Electrochemical CO2 Reduction, Wang, W.-H.; Himeda, Y.; Muckerman, J. T.; Manbeck, G. F.; Fujita, E.  Chem. Rev. 2015, 115, 12936-12973.
  11. Striking Differences in Properties of Geometric Isomers of [Ir(tpy)(ppy)H]+: Experimental and Computational Studies of their Hydricities, Interaction with CO2, and Photochemistry, Garg, K.; Matsubara,Y.; Ertem, M. Z.; Lewandowska-Andralojc, A.; Sato, S.; Szalda, D. J.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E.  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 14128-14132.
  12. Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in a Strongly Coupled Photosystem II-Inspired Chromophore−Imidazole−Phenol Complex: Stepwise Oxidation and Concerted Reduction, Manbeck, G. F.; Fujita, E.; Concepcion, J. J.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11536-11549.
  13. Tetra- and Heptametallic Ru(II),Rh(III) Supramolecular Hydrogen Production Photocatalysts, Manbeck, G. F.; Fujita, E.; Brewer, K.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 7843−7854.
  14. Investigation of Excited State, Reductive Quenching, and Intramolecular Electron Transfer of Ru(II)-Re(I) Supramolecular Photocatalysts for CO2 Reduction using Time-Resolved IR Measurements, Koike, K.; Grills, D. C.; Tamaki, Y.; Fujita, E.; Ishitani, O., Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 2961-2974.
  15. Highly Efficient and Selective Methanol Production from Paraformaldehyde and Water at Room Temperature, Wang, L.; Ertem, M. Z.; Murata, K.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E.; Himeda, Y.  ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 5233-5239.

Full Publications List

List of invited talks (national and international meetings from 1991)