Solar driven water oxidation by a bioinspired manganese molecular catalyst

Robin Brlmblecombe, Annette Koo, G. Charles Dismukes, Gerhard F. Swlegers, Leone Spiccia

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(Figure Presented) A photoelectrochemical cell was designed that catalyzes the photooxidation of water using visible light as the sole energy source and a molecular catalyst, [Mn4O4L6]+ (1+, L = bis(methoxyphenyl)phosphinate), synthesized from earth-abundant elements. The essential features include a photochemical charge separation system, [RuII(bipy)2(bipy(COO)2)], adhered to titania-coated FTO conductive glass, and 1+ embedded within a proton-conducting membrane (Nafion). The complete photoanode represents a functional analogue of the water-oxidizing center of natural photosynthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2892-2894
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 10 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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