Christine A. Caputo

Christine Caputo

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

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.

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 400: Freshman Seminar
  • CHEM 576: Experimental Inorganic Chem
  • CHEM 774/874: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 801: Chem Research Skills
  • CHEM 999: Doctoral Research
  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience


  • 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

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