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A highly stable and scalable photosynthetic reaction center–graphene hybrid electrode system for biomimetic solar energy transduction

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Abstract

A photosynthetic reaction center (RC)-based electrode system is one of the most promising biomimetic approaches for solar energy transduction which is a renewable and environment-friendly source of energy. However, the instability of RCs in a non-cellular environment and the unfeasible scalability of electrode materials hamper the promising application of these systems. Herein, we report a highly stable and scalable RC-electrode system in which RCs are directly immobilized on a flexible and transparent mercapto reduced graphene oxide (mRGO) electrode. RCs immobilized on a mRGO film retain their photoactivity after twenty-week storage under darkness and even after 24 h continuous illumination at room temperature under aerobic conditions. The remarkable stability and mechanical flexibility of our system offer great potential for the development of a flexible RC-based biomimetic device for solar energy transduction.

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The article was received on 05 Dec 2016, accepted on 03 Mar 2017 and first published on 04 Mar 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6TA10458D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 6038-6041
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    A highly stable and scalable photosynthetic reaction center–graphene hybrid electrode system for biomimetic solar energy transduction

    H. Zhang, A. Carey, K. Jeon, M. Liu, T. D. Murrell, J. Locsin, S. Lin, H. Yan, N. Woodbury and D. Seo, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 6038
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TA10458D

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