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Water oxidation using earth-abundant transition metal catalysts: opportunities and challenges

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Catalysts for the oxidation of H2O are an integral component of solar energy to fuel conversion technologies. Although catalysts based on scarce and precious metals have been recognized as efficient catalysts for H2O oxidation, catalysts composed of inexpensive and earth-abundant element(s) are essential for realizing economically viable energy conversion technologies. This Perspective summarizes recent advances in the field of designing homogeneous water oxidation catalysts (WOCs) based on Mn, Fe, Co and Cu. It reviews the state of the art catalysts, provides insight into their catalytic mechanisms and discusses future challenges in designing bioinspired catalysts based on earth-abundant metals for the oxidation of H2O.

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The article was received on 29 Feb 2016, accepted on 31 Mar 2016 and first published on 01 Apr 2016


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C6DT00809G
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Citation: Dalton Trans., 2016,45, 14421-14461
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    Water oxidation using earth-abundant transition metal catalysts: opportunities and challenges

    M. D. Kärkäs and B. Åkermark, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 14421
    DOI: 10.1039/C6DT00809G

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