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Artificial photosynthetic systems. Using light and water to provide electrons and protons for the synthesis of a fuel

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Abstract

This review covers the progress achieved in the synthesis and characterization of different metal based catalysts designed for the photocatalytic oxidation of water with special focus on molecular designed systems. In those cases where the mechanism of the light-driven catalytic activity of these complexes is not known, we have looked to published mechanisms related to chemically activated catalysts. We also discuss the choice of the chromophores used to sensitize these reactions as well as the recovery of the reaction products and nature of the electron acceptors used.

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The article was received on 09 Nov 2010, accepted on 13 Jan 2011 and first published on 16 Feb 2011


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00645A
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2011,4, 2353-2365
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    Artificial photosynthetic systems. Using light and water to provide electrons and protons for the synthesis of a fuel

    C. Herrero, A. Quaranta, W. Leibl, A. W. Rutherford and A. Aukauloo, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 2353
    DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00645A

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