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Chapter 16

Synthetic Photo-catalytic Proteins – a Model of Photosystem II

A primary goal in solar fuels research is the development of an efficient photo-catalyst that splits water into molecular O2 and H2 using solar energy. Uniquely, Nature almost achieved this goal some 2.5 billion years ago by separating the two half-reactions for O2 and H2 production from water into different protein complexes: Photosystem II (PSII) in higher plants and a H+-reducing enzyme (HRE) found in various micro-organisms. In this chapter we briefly summarize some of the bioengineering principles for developing a photo-catalytic protein and describe our first efforts to mimic PSII.

Publication details


Print publication date
19 Dec 2011
Copyright year
2012
Print ISBN
978-1-84973-034-1
PDF eISBN
978-1-84973-303-8
From the book series:
Energy and Environment Series