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Gerald Manbeck

Gerald Manbeck

Assistant Chemist

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

Phone: (631) 344-4360
FAX:    (631) 344-5815

Artificial Photosynthesis

Research Interests

Photochemistry and electrochemistry of transition metal complexes and the application in solar fuels via carbon dioxide reduction. Mechanistic studies of proton-coupled electron transfer reactions by transient spectroscopic techniques.


  • Ph.D Chemistry University of Rochester, 2011
  • BS Chemistry Bucknell University, 2006

Professional Employment

  • Assistant Chemist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2016-present
  • Research Associate in Artificial Photosynthesis, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2013-2016
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Tech, 2011‒2013

List of publications

  • Manbeck, G. F.; Fujita, E.; Concepcion, J. J. “Proton Coupled Electron Transfer in a Strongly Coupled Photosystem II-Inspired Chromophore-Imidazole-Phenol Complex: Stepwise Oxidation and Concerted Reduction” 2016, In Revision.
  • Duan, L.; Manbeck, G. F.; Szalda, D.; Himeda, Y.; Fujita, E. “A Noninnocent Proton-Responsive Ligand Facilitates Reductive Deprotonation and Hinders CO2 Reduction Catalysis in [Ru(tpy)(6DHBP)(NCCH3)]2+ (6DHBP = 6,6ʹ-(OH)2bpy).” Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55(9), 4582.
  • Wang, W-H.; Himeda, Y.; Muckerman, J.; Manbeck, G. F.; Fujita, E. “CO2 Hydrogenation to Formate and Methanol as an Alternative to Photochemical CO2 Reduction.” Chem. Rev. 2015, 115 (23), 12936.
  • Manbeck, G. F.; Canterbury, T.; Zhou, R.; King, S.; Nam, G.; Brewer, K. “Electrocatalytic H2 Evolution by Supramolecular RuII‒RhIII‒RuII Complexes: Importance of Ligands as Electron Reservoirs and Speciation upon Reduction.” Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54 (16), 8148.
  • Manbeck, G. F.; Fujita, E. “A Review of Iron and Cobalt Porphyrins, Phthalocyanines, and Related Complexes for Electrochemical and Photochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide.” J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines 2015, 19, 45.
  • Manbeck, G. F.; Muckerman, J.; Szalda, D.; Himeda, Y.; Fujita, E. “Push or Pull? Proton Responsive Ligand Effects in Rhenium Tricarbonyl CO2 Reduction Catalysts.” J. Phys. Chem. B 2015, 119 (24), 7457.
  • Zhou, R; Manbeck, G. F.; Wimer, D.; Brewer, K. “A New Ru(II), Rh(III) Bimetallic with a Single Rh-Cl Bond as a Supramolecular Photocatalyst for Water Reduction.” Chem. Commun. 2015, 51 (65), 12966.
  • Zhou, R.; Sedai, B.; Manbeck, G. F.; Brewer, K. “New Supramolecular Structural Motif Coupling a Ruthenium(II) Polyazine Light Absorber to a Rhodium(I) Center.” Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52 (23), 13314.
  • Manbeck, G. F.; Brewer, K. “Photoinitiated Electron Collection in Polyazine Chromophores Coupled to Water Reduction Catalysts for Solar H2 Production.” Coord. Chem. Rev. 2013, 257 (9), 1660.
  • Manbeck, G. F.; Kohler, C.; Porter, M.; Stockland, R. “P-H Activation Using Alkynylgold Substrates: Steric and Electronic Effects.” Dalton Trans. 2011, 40 (46), 12595. (Designated a “Hot Article”)
  • Crestani, M.; Manbeck, G. F.; Brennessel, W.; McCormick, T.; Eisenberg, R. “Synthesis and Characterization of Luminescent Diphosphine Pyrrole- and Indole-Aldimine Copper(I) Complexes.” Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50 (15), 7172.
  • Manbeck, G. F.; Brennessel, W.; Eisenberg, R. “Photoluminescent Copper(I) Complexes with Amido-Triazolato Ligands.” Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50 (8), 3431.
  • Vaidya, T.; Manbeck, G. F.; Chen, S.; Frontier, A.; Eisenberg, R. “Divergent Reaction Pathways of a Cationic Intermediate: Rearrangement and Cyclization of 2-Substituted Furyl and Benzofuryl Enones Catalyzed by Iridium(III).” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133 (10), 3300.
  • Manbeck, G. F.; Brennessel, W.; Stockland, R.; Eisenberg, R. “Luminescent Au(I)/Cu(I) Alkynyl Clusters with an Ethynyl Steroid and Related Aliphatic Ligands: An Octanuclear Au4Cu4 Cluster and Luminescence Polymorphism in Au3Cu2 Clusters of Ethynyl Steroids and Related Aliphatic Acetylides.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132 (35), 12307.
  • Manbeck, G. F.; Brennessel, W.; Evans, C.; Eisenberg, R. “Tetranuclear Copper(I) Iodide Complexes of Chelating bis(1-benzyl-1H-1,2,3-triazole) Ligands: Structural Characterization and Solid State Photoluminescence.” Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49 (6), 2834.
  • Manbeck, G. F.; Lipman, A.; Stockland, R.; Freidl, A.; Hasler, A.; Stone, J.; Guzei, I. “Organosoluble Copper Clusters as Precatalysts for Carbon-Heteroelement Bond-Forming Reactions: Microwave and Conventional Heating.” J. Org. Chem. 2005, 70 (1), 244.