As the natural-born photoelectrolyzer for oxygen delivery, photosystem II (PSII) is hardly replicated with man-made constructs. However, building on the "quantasome" hypothesis (Science 1964, 144, 1009-1011), PSII mimicry can be pared down to essentials by shaping a photocatalytic ensemble (from the Greek term "soma" = body) where visible-light quanta trigger water oxidation. PSII-inspired quantasomes (QS) readily self-assemble into hierarchical photosynthetic nanostacks, made of bis-cationic perylenebisimides (PBI2+) as chromophores and deca-anionic tetraruthenate polyoxometalates (Ru4POM) as water oxidation catalysts (Nat. Chem. 2019, 11, 146-153). A combined supramolecular and click-chemistry strategy is used herein to interlock the PBI-QS with tetraethylene glycol (TEG) cross-linkers, yielding QS-TEG(lock) with increased water solvation, controlled growth, and up to a 34096 enhancement of the oxygenic photocurrent compared to the first generation QS, as probed on 3D-inverse opal indium tin oxide electrodes at 8.5 sun irradiance (lambda > 450 nm, 1.28 V vs RHE applied bias, TOFmax = 0.096 +/- 0.005 s(-1), FEO2 > 95%). Action spectra, catalyst mass-activity, light-management, photoelectrochemical impedance spectroscopy (PEIS) together with Raman mapping of TEG-templated hydration shells point to a key role of the cross-linked PBI/Rn4POM nanoarrays, where the interplay of hydrophilic/hydrophobic domains is reminiscent of PSII-rich natural thylakoids.

Enhancing Oxygenic Photosynthesis by Cross-Linked Perylenebisimide "Quantasomes"

Gobbato, Thomas;Rigodanza, Francesco;Garrido, Marina;Prato, Maurizio
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2022

Abstract

As the natural-born photoelectrolyzer for oxygen delivery, photosystem II (PSII) is hardly replicated with man-made constructs. However, building on the "quantasome" hypothesis (Science 1964, 144, 1009-1011), PSII mimicry can be pared down to essentials by shaping a photocatalytic ensemble (from the Greek term "soma" = body) where visible-light quanta trigger water oxidation. PSII-inspired quantasomes (QS) readily self-assemble into hierarchical photosynthetic nanostacks, made of bis-cationic perylenebisimides (PBI2+) as chromophores and deca-anionic tetraruthenate polyoxometalates (Ru4POM) as water oxidation catalysts (Nat. Chem. 2019, 11, 146-153). A combined supramolecular and click-chemistry strategy is used herein to interlock the PBI-QS with tetraethylene glycol (TEG) cross-linkers, yielding QS-TEG(lock) with increased water solvation, controlled growth, and up to a 34096 enhancement of the oxygenic photocurrent compared to the first generation QS, as probed on 3D-inverse opal indium tin oxide electrodes at 8.5 sun irradiance (lambda > 450 nm, 1.28 V vs RHE applied bias, TOFmax = 0.096 +/- 0.005 s(-1), FEO2 > 95%). Action spectra, catalyst mass-activity, light-management, photoelectrochemical impedance spectroscopy (PEIS) together with Raman mapping of TEG-templated hydration shells point to a key role of the cross-linked PBI/Rn4POM nanoarrays, where the interplay of hydrophilic/hydrophobic domains is reminiscent of PSII-rich natural thylakoids.
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9376926/
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