Water oxidation is the crucial stage in the chemical and molecular sequence of photosynthesis, designed by Nature to convert solar light into chemical energy. The artificial “off-leaf” transposition is a major goal of energy research, aiming at the continuous production of hydrogen as a solar fuel, through the photo-catalytic splitting of water. Success in this task primarily depends on the interplay of light-activated multi-electron oxidation and reduction cycles and on the invention of stable and robust water oxidation catalysts, liberating oxygen with fast rates, high quantum yield, and long-term activity. A promising perspective is herein envisaged in the molecular design of functional metal-oxide cores and composite nano-materials.

Shaping the Beating Heart of Artificial Photosynthesis: Oxygenic Metal Oxide Nano-Clusters

PRATO, MAURIZIO;
2012-01-01

Abstract

Water oxidation is the crucial stage in the chemical and molecular sequence of photosynthesis, designed by Nature to convert solar light into chemical energy. The artificial “off-leaf” transposition is a major goal of energy research, aiming at the continuous production of hydrogen as a solar fuel, through the photo-catalytic splitting of water. Success in this task primarily depends on the interplay of light-activated multi-electron oxidation and reduction cycles and on the invention of stable and robust water oxidation catalysts, liberating oxygen with fast rates, high quantum yield, and long-term activity. A promising perspective is herein envisaged in the molecular design of functional metal-oxide cores and composite nano-materials.
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