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Ferritin as a model for developing 3rd generation nano architecture organic/inorganic hybrid photo catalysts for energy conversion

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Abstract

Solar power is the best option to replace fossil fuels to meet global energy demands. Current photovoltaic and artificial photosynthetic systems require improvements and include the development of: 1) inexpensive, abundant, non-toxic charge separation catalysts that absorb visible light; 2) stable catalysts with high turnover numbers that possess self-healing mechanisms to prevent photo corrosion; 3) catalysts capable of oxidizing a broad range of electron donors; and 4) hybrid organic/inorganic nano architectures that bridge charge flow from electron donors to electron acceptors. The ferritin nanocage is a model system of such an organic/inorganic hybrid catalyst capable of overcoming these photochemical limitations.

Graphical abstract: Ferritin as a model for developing 3rd generation nano architecture organic/inorganic hybrid photo catalysts for energy conversion

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The article was received on 23 Jul 2013, accepted on 21 Sep 2013 and first published on 24 Sep 2013


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00536D
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013,3, 3103-3110

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    Ferritin as a model for developing 3rd generation nano architecture organic/inorganic hybrid photo catalysts for energy conversion

    R. K. Watt, O. D. Petrucci and T. Smith, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013, 3, 3103
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00536D

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