Functional models for the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II

Clyde W. Cady, Robert H. Crabtree, Gary W. Brudvig

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In the last 10 years, a number of advances have been made in the study of the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) of photosystem II (PSII). Along with this new understanding of the natural system has come rapid advance in chemical models of this system. The advance of PSII model chemistry is seen most strikingly in the area of functional models where the few known systems available when this topic was last reviewed has grown into two families of model systems. In concert with this work, numerous mechanistic proposals for photosynthetic water oxidation have been proposed. Here, we review the recent efforts in functional model chemistry of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-455
Number of pages12
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2008



  • Oxomanganese clusters
  • Oxygen evolution
  • Ruthenium
  • Water oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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