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Biomimetic approaches to artificial photosynthesis

The efficient primary processes of natural photosynthesis inspire efforts towards man-made systems for direct solar fuels production.

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Perspective

Wiring photosynthetic enzymes to electrodes

Design of electron transfer pathways between photosynthetic enzymes and conductive supports for the development of semi-artificial devices.

Graphical abstract: Wiring photosynthetic enzymes to electrodes
Perspective

Proton-coupled electron transfer of tyrosines in Photosystem II and model systems for artificial photosynthesis: the role of a redox-active link between catalyst and photosensitizer

A proton-coupled redox intermediate is analyzed as an important design principle for natural and artificial photosynthesis.

Graphical abstract: Proton-coupled electron transfer of tyrosines in Photosystem II and model systems for artificial photosynthesis: the role of a redox-active link between catalyst and photosensitizer
Perspective

On the way to biomimetic dye aggregate solar cells

Self-assembling porphyrins that mimic chlorosomal bacteriochlorophylls have been incorporated controllably into macroporous nanocrystalline TiO2 layers, which have been assembled to solar cells.

Graphical abstract: On the way to biomimetic dye aggregate solar cells
Perspective

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

This review presents the current advances in light-driven water oxidation catalysts in the field of artificial photosynthesis.

Graphical abstract: Artificial photosynthetic systems. Using light and water to provide electrons and protons for the synthesis of a fuel
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Review Article

Spectroscopically characterized intermediates of catalytic H2 formation by [FeFe] hydrogenase models

Spectroscopic characteristics of intermediates in the catalytic formation of H2 by [FeFe] hydrogenase mimics are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Spectroscopically characterized intermediates of catalytic H2 formation by [FeFe] hydrogenase models
Communication

A visible light water-splitting cell with a photoanode formed by codeposition of a high-potential porphyrin and an iridium water-oxidation catalyst

A high-potential zinc porphyrin and an iridium water-oxidation catalyst are combined to prepare a photoanode for a visible light water-splitting cell.

Graphical abstract: A visible light water-splitting cell with a photoanode formed by codeposition of a high-potential porphyrin and an iridium water-oxidation catalyst
From the themed collection: Solar energy
Paper

Photocurrent generation by photosystem 1 integrated in crosslinked redox hydrogels

Osmium complexes as a new class of photosystem 1 electron donors generate maximum photocurrents in bioelectrochemical systems.

Graphical abstract: Photocurrent generation by photosystem 1 integrated in crosslinked redox hydrogels
Paper

Photoinitiated multistep charge separation in ferrocenezinc porphyrindiiron hydrogenase model complex triads

Multistep electron transfer leading to long charge separation distances greatly increases the lifetime of a reduced diiron complex that mimics aspects of hydrogenase activity.

Graphical abstract: Photoinitiated multistep charge separation in ferrocene–zinc porphyrin–diiron hydrogenase model complex triads
Paper

Wiring photosystem I for electron transfer to a tethered redox dye

Photosystem I is wired with a redox cofactor that allows optical and EPR spectroscopy to be used to monitor the rate and efficiency of electron transfer.

Graphical abstract: Wiring photosystem I for electron transfer to a tethered redox dye
Paper

CO2 photoreduction at enzyme-modified metal oxide nanoparticles

Characterisation of a model system for photoreduction of CO2 to CO, using metal oxide nanoparticles modified with enzyme molecules and sensitised with a visible light photosensitiser.

Graphical abstract: CO2 photoreduction at enzyme-modified metal oxide nanoparticles
Paper

Synthetic manganese–calcium oxides mimic the water-oxidizing complex of photosynthesis functionally and structurally

The structure of MnCa–oxide catalysts for the water-oxidation reaction was analysed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The results suggest that such materials are the closest structural and functional analogs to the biological catalyst found so far.

Graphical abstract: Synthetic manganese–calcium oxides mimic the water-oxidizing complex of photosynthesis functionally and structurally
Paper

A nickelmanganese catalyst as a biomimic of the active site of NiFe hydrogenases: a combined electrocatalytical and DFT mechanistic study

A nickel–manganese mimic of the active site of NiFe hydrogenase catalyzes heterolytic H2 evolution from trifluoroacetic acid in DMF.

Graphical abstract: A nickel–manganese catalyst as a biomimic of the active site of NiFe hydrogenases: a combined electrocatalytical and DFT mechanistic study
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Toward polymerized artificial photosystems with supramolecular n/p-heterojunctions and antiparallel redox gradients

We report design, synthesis and evaluation of ordered and functional surface architectures for covalent capture by acyclic diene metathesis.

Graphical abstract: Toward polymerized artificial photosystems with supramolecular n/p-heterojunctions and antiparallel redox gradients
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