Herein we report a new strategy to disperse Mn oxide into the apoenzyme of photosystem II. The compound was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray absorption near edge structure, extended X-ray absorption fine structure, X-ray diffraction and some electrochemical methods. Under electrochemical conditions, the peaks attributed to Mn(ii)/(iii), Mn(iii)/(iv) and Mn(ii)/(iv) were assigned and compared with other manganese oxides. Linear sweep voltammetry shows that water electro-oxidation occurs at 80 mV less than that for the apoenzyme of photosystem II. Thus, Mn oxide maintains its water-oxidizing activity under these conditions. The compound is a new type of structural and functional model for the water-oxidizing complex in photosystem II.
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