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

  • BMCB 799H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • CHEM 409: Chemistry and Society
  • CHEM 576: Experimental Inorganic Chem
  • CHEM 699: Thesis
  • CHEM 774/874: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 903: Adv Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 997: Sem/Organic-Inorganic
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Chemistry
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Chemistry

Selected Publications

Pollak, N., Huang, P., Bell, H., Li, G., & Caputo, C. A. (n.d.). Tunable Photocatalytic Production of Syngas Using Co@C
and Black Phosphorus. ChemPhotoChem. 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., Antón-García, D., Apfel, U. -P., Badiani, V., Beller, M., . . . Zwijnenburg, M. A. (2019). Synthetic approaches to artificial photosynthesis: general discussion.. Faraday Discuss, 215(0), 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

Hutton, G. A. M., Reuillard, B., Martindale, B. C. M., Caputo, C. A., Lockwood, C. W. J., Butt, J. N., & Reisner, E. (2016). Carbon Dots as Versatile Photosensitizers for Solar-Driven Catalysis with Redox Enzymes. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 138(51), 16722-16730. doi:10.1021/jacs.6b10146

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.. J Am Chem Soc, 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.. J Am Chem Soc, 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.. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 53(43), 11538-11542. doi:10.1002/anie.201406811

Most Cited Publications