Nano-sized layered Mn oxides as promising and biomimetic water oxidizing catalysts for water splitting in artificial photosynthetic systems

Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour, Sima Heidari, Emad Amini, Masoumeh Khatamian, Robert Carpentier, Suleyman I. Allakhverdiev

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Abstract

One challenge in artificial photosynthetic systems is the development of artificial model compounds to oxidize water. The water-oxidizing complex of Photosystem II which is responsible for biological water oxidation contains a cluster of four Mn ions bridged by five oxygen atoms. Layered Mn oxides as efficient, stable, low cost, environmentally friendly and easy to use, synthesize, and manufacture compounds could be considered as functional and structural models for the site. Because of the related structure of these Mn oxides and the catalytic centre of the active site of the water oxidizing complex of Photosystem II, the study of layered Mn oxides may also help to understand more about the mechanism of water oxidation by the natural site. This review provides an overview of the current status of layered Mn oxides in artificial photosynthesis and discuss the sophisticated design strategies for Mn oxides as water oxidizing catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-139
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology
Volume133
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 5 2014

Keywords

  • Artificial photosynthesis
  • Layered Mn oxide
  • Photosystem II
  • Water oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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