Hot Perspective: Shedding light on the oxygen-evolving-complex

Can we mimic the Photosystem II machinery for light-driven oxidation of water to molecular oxygen?

Can we mimic the Photosystem II machinery for light-driven oxidation of water to molecular oxygen?

In this Dalton Transactions Perspective, Philipp Kurz and colleagues discuss manganese-containing compounds that have been studied as potential analogues of the oxygen-evolving-complex in Photosystem II.  They highlight how the desire to produce solar fuels is inspiring research into artificial photosynthesis.

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Water oxidation catalysed by manganese compounds: from complexes to ‘biomimetic rocks’
Mathias Wiechen, Hans-Martin Berends and Philipp Kurz
Dalton Trans., 2012, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1DT11537E, Perspective

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