Sustained water oxidation photocatalysis by a bioinspired manganese cluster

Robin Brimblecombe, Gerhard F. Swiegers, G. Charles Dismukes, Leone Spiccia

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(Chemical Equation Presented) The generation game: A manganese-oxo complex with a cubic {Mn4O4}7+ core catalyzes the electrooxidation of water when suspended within the aqueous channels of a Nafion membrane (see picture). Illumination with visible light under an applied potential of 1.0 V (vs Ag/AgCl) generates current over one thousand turnovers. The catalytically active species arises from photolysis and subsequent dissociation of the manganese complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7335-7338
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - Sep 8 2008


  • Cubanes
  • Manganese clusters
  • Photooxidation
  • Photosynthesis
  • Sustainable chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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