Biological water oxidation: Lessons from Nature

Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour, Atefeh Nemati Moghaddam, Suleyman Allakhverdiev, Govindjee

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

57 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Hydrogen production by water splitting may be an appealing solution for future energy needs. To evolve hydrogen efficiently in a sustainable manner, it is necessary first to synthesize what we may call a 'super catalyst' for water oxidation, which is the more challenging half reaction of water splitting. An efficient system for water oxidation exists in the water oxidizing complex in cyanobacteria, algae and plants; further, recently published data on the Manganese-calcium cluster have provided details on the mechanism and structure of the water oxidizing complex. Here, we have briefly reviewed the characteristics of the natural system from the standpoint of what we could learn from it to produce an efficient artificial system. In short, to design an efficient water oxidizing complex for artificial photosynthesis, we must learn and use wisely the knowledge about water oxidation and the water oxidizing complex in the natural system. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability: from Natural to Artificial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1110-1121
Number of pages12
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics
Volume1817
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Oxidation
Water
Photosynthesis
Hydrogen
Cyanobacteria
Algae
Manganese
Hydrogen production
Sustainable development
Calcium
Catalysts
Research

Keywords

  • Artificial photosynthesis
  • Manganese-calcium cluster
  • Natural photosynthesis
  • Water oxidation
  • Water oxidizing complex
  • Water splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

Cite this

Najafpour, M. M., Moghaddam, A. N., Allakhverdiev, S., & Govindjee (2012). Biological water oxidation: Lessons from Nature. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics, 1817(8), 1110-1121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbabio.2012.04.002

Biological water oxidation : Lessons from Nature. / Najafpour, Mohammad Mahdi; Moghaddam, Atefeh Nemati; Allakhverdiev, Suleyman; Govindjee.

In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics, Vol. 1817, No. 8, 01.08.2012, p. 1110-1121.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Najafpour, MM, Moghaddam, AN, Allakhverdiev, S & Govindjee 2012, 'Biological water oxidation: Lessons from Nature', Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics, vol. 1817, no. 8, pp. 1110-1121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbabio.2012.04.002
Najafpour, Mohammad Mahdi ; Moghaddam, Atefeh Nemati ; Allakhverdiev, Suleyman ; Govindjee. / Biological water oxidation : Lessons from Nature. In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics. 2012 ; Vol. 1817, No. 8. pp. 1110-1121.
@article{6073b0fdc0eb41b98dbb88fa9f35c01b,
title = "Biological water oxidation: Lessons from Nature",
abstract = "Hydrogen production by water splitting may be an appealing solution for future energy needs. To evolve hydrogen efficiently in a sustainable manner, it is necessary first to synthesize what we may call a 'super catalyst' for water oxidation, which is the more challenging half reaction of water splitting. An efficient system for water oxidation exists in the water oxidizing complex in cyanobacteria, algae and plants; further, recently published data on the Manganese-calcium cluster have provided details on the mechanism and structure of the water oxidizing complex. Here, we have briefly reviewed the characteristics of the natural system from the standpoint of what we could learn from it to produce an efficient artificial system. In short, to design an efficient water oxidizing complex for artificial photosynthesis, we must learn and use wisely the knowledge about water oxidation and the water oxidizing complex in the natural system. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability: from Natural to Artificial.",
keywords = "Artificial photosynthesis, Manganese-calcium cluster, Natural photosynthesis, Water oxidation, Water oxidizing complex, Water splitting",
author = "Najafpour, {Mohammad Mahdi} and Moghaddam, {Atefeh Nemati} and Suleyman Allakhverdiev and Govindjee",
year = "2012",
month = "8",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.bbabio.2012.04.002",
language = "English",
volume = "1817",
pages = "1110--1121",
journal = "Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics",
issn = "0005-2728",
publisher = "Elsevier",
number = "8",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Biological water oxidation

T2 - Lessons from Nature

AU - Najafpour, Mohammad Mahdi

AU - Moghaddam, Atefeh Nemati

AU - Allakhverdiev, Suleyman

AU - Govindjee,

PY - 2012/8/1

Y1 - 2012/8/1

N2 - Hydrogen production by water splitting may be an appealing solution for future energy needs. To evolve hydrogen efficiently in a sustainable manner, it is necessary first to synthesize what we may call a 'super catalyst' for water oxidation, which is the more challenging half reaction of water splitting. An efficient system for water oxidation exists in the water oxidizing complex in cyanobacteria, algae and plants; further, recently published data on the Manganese-calcium cluster have provided details on the mechanism and structure of the water oxidizing complex. Here, we have briefly reviewed the characteristics of the natural system from the standpoint of what we could learn from it to produce an efficient artificial system. In short, to design an efficient water oxidizing complex for artificial photosynthesis, we must learn and use wisely the knowledge about water oxidation and the water oxidizing complex in the natural system. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability: from Natural to Artificial.

AB - Hydrogen production by water splitting may be an appealing solution for future energy needs. To evolve hydrogen efficiently in a sustainable manner, it is necessary first to synthesize what we may call a 'super catalyst' for water oxidation, which is the more challenging half reaction of water splitting. An efficient system for water oxidation exists in the water oxidizing complex in cyanobacteria, algae and plants; further, recently published data on the Manganese-calcium cluster have provided details on the mechanism and structure of the water oxidizing complex. Here, we have briefly reviewed the characteristics of the natural system from the standpoint of what we could learn from it to produce an efficient artificial system. In short, to design an efficient water oxidizing complex for artificial photosynthesis, we must learn and use wisely the knowledge about water oxidation and the water oxidizing complex in the natural system. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Photosynthesis Research for Sustainability: from Natural to Artificial.

KW - Artificial photosynthesis

KW - Manganese-calcium cluster

KW - Natural photosynthesis

KW - Water oxidation

KW - Water oxidizing complex

KW - Water splitting

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84862216956&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84862216956&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.bbabio.2012.04.002

DO - 10.1016/j.bbabio.2012.04.002

M3 - Article

C2 - 22507946

AN - SCOPUS:84862216956

VL - 1817

SP - 1110

EP - 1121

JO - Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics

JF - Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics

SN - 0005-2728

IS - 8

ER -