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Issue 36, 2011
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Oxygen evolving complex in Photosystem II: Better than excellent

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Abstract

The Oxygen Evolving Complex in photosystem II, which is responsible for the oxidation of water to oxygen in plants, algae and cyanobacteria, contains a cluster of one calcium and four manganese atoms. This cluster serves as a model for the splitting of water by energy obtained from sunlight. The recent published data on the mechanism and the structure of photosystem II provide a detailed architecture of the oxygen-evolving complex and the surrounding amino acids. Biomimetically, we expect to learn some strategies from this natural system to synthesize an efficient catalyst for water oxidation, that is necessary for artificial photosynthesis.

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The article was received on 23 Apr 2011, accepted on 27 May 2011 and first published on 07 Jul 2011


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C1DT10746A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2011,40, 9076-9084
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    Oxygen evolving complex in Photosystem II: Better than excellent

    M. M. Najafpour and Govindjee, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 9076
    DOI: 10.1039/C1DT10746A

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