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Issue 1, 2009
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Photosynthetic energy conversion: natural and artificial

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Photosystem II (PSII) is the water splitting enzyme of photosynthesis. Its appearance during evolution dramatically changed the chemical composition of our planet and set in motion an unprecedented explosion in biological activity. Powered by sunlight, PSII supplies biology with the ‘hydrogen’ needed to convert carbon dioxide into organic molecules. The questions now are can we continue to exploit this photosynthetic process through increased use of biomass as an energy source and, more importantly, can we address the energy/CO2 problem by developing new photochemical technologies which mimic the natural system? (Critical review, 82 references)

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The article was received on 15 Sep 2008 and first published on 10 Nov 2008

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/B802262N
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009,38, 185-196

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    Photosynthetic energy conversion: natural and artificial

    J. Barber, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009, 38, 185
    DOI: 10.1039/B802262N

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