Christine Caputo

Phone: (603) 862-1788
Office: Chemistry, Parsons Hall Rm W231, Durham, NH 03824
Christine A. Caputo

The Caputo Group is interested in the design and synthesis of new organic and organometallic complexes that can act as catalysts or precursors for the development of new photoactive materials. Photochemical and electrochemical techniques are used to test for catalytic activity and spectroscopic methods are used to study the photophysical properties of new materials. Current research projects are focussed on using Earth-abundant metals to synthesize organometallic complexes for the catalytic conversion of small molecules (e.g. CO, CO2 etc.) into more valuable sustainable fuel precursors using sunlight.


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Western Ontario
  • M.S., Chemistry, Mcgill University
  • B.S., Chemistry, Carleton University

Research Interests

  • Catalysis/Kinetics
  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Materials
  • Organometallic Chemistry, Main Group
  • Solar Energy
  • Solar, Photochemical Conversion

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 400: Freshman Seminar
  • CHEM 576: Experimental Inorganic Chem
  • CHEM 774/874: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 999: Doctoral Research
  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience

Selected Publications

Huang, P., Huang, J., Li, J., Zhang, L., He, J., Caputo, C. A., . . . Li, G. (2021). Effect of Carbon Doping on CO2-Reduction Activity of Single Cobalt Sites in Graphitic Carbon Nitride. CHEMNANOMAT, 7(9), 1051-1056. doi:10.1002/cnma.202100164

Pollak, N., Huang, P., Bell, H., Li, G., & Caputo, C. A. (2021). Tunable Photocatalytic Production of Syngas Using Co@C3N4 and Black Phosphorus. CHEMPHOTOCHEM, 5(7), 674-679. doi:10.1002/cptc.202100054

Queen, J. D., Phung, A. C., Caputo, C. A., Fettinger, J. C., & Power, P. P. (2020). Metathetical Exchange between Metal-Metal Triple Bonds. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 142(5), 2233-2237. doi:10.1021/jacs.9b13604

Wakerley, D., Lamaison, S., & Caputo, C. A. (2019). Highlights from Faraday Discussion: Artificial Photosynthesis, Cambridge, UK, March 2019. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 55(58), 8351-8358. doi:10.1039/c9cc90252j

Aitchison, C. M., Andrei, V., Anton-Garcia, D., Apfel, U. -P., Badiani, V., Beller, M., . . . Zwijnenburg, M. A. (2019). Synthetic approaches to artificial photosynthesis: general discussion. FARADAY DISCUSSIONS, 215, 242-281. doi:10.1039/C9FD90024A

Huang, P., Huang, J., Pantovich, S. A., Carl, A. D., Fenton, T. G., Caputo, C. A., . . . Li, G. (2018). Selective CO2 Reduction Catalyzed by Single Cobalt Sites on Carbon Nitride under Visible-Light Irradiation. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 140(47), 16042-16047. doi:10.1021/jacs.8b10380

Martindale, B. C. M., Hutton, G. A. M., Caputo, C. A., Prantl, S., Godin, R., Durrant, J. R., & Reisner, E. (2017). Enhancing Light Absorption and Charge Transfer Efficiency in Carbon Dots through Graphitization and Core Nitrogen Doping. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 56(23), 6459-6463. doi:10.1002/anie.201700949

Kasap, H., Caputo, C. A., Martindale, B. C. M., Godin, R., Lau, V. W. -H., Lotsch, B. V., . . . Reisner, E. (2016). Solar-Driven Reduction of Aqueous Protons Coupled to Selective Alcohol Oxidation with a Carbon Nitride-Molecular Ni Catalyst System. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 138(29), 9183-9192. doi:10.1021/jacs.6b04325

Martindale, B. C. M., Hutton, G. A. M., Caputo, C. A., & Reisner, E. (2015). Solar Hydrogen Production Using Carbon Quantum Dots and a Molecular Nickel Catalyst. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 137(18), 6018-6025. doi:10.1021/jacs.5b01650

Caputo, C. A., Gross, M. A., Lau, V. W., Cavazza, C., Lotsch, B. V., & Reisner, E. (2014). Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production using Polymeric Carbon Nitride with a Hydrogenase and a Bioinspired Synthetic Ni Catalyst. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 53(43), 11538-11542. doi:10.1002/anie.201406811

Most Cited Publications