Spatially Separated Photosystem II and a Silicon Photoelectrochemical Cell for Overall Water Splitting: A Natural–Artificial Photosynthetic Hybrid

Wangyin Wang, Hong Wang, Qingjun Zhu, Wei Qin, Guangye Han, Jian Ren Shen, Xu Zong, Can Li

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Integrating natural and artificial photosynthetic platforms is an important approach to developing solar-driven hybrid systems with exceptional function over the individual components. A natural–artificial photosynthetic hybrid platform is formed by wiring photosystem II (PSII) and a platinum-decorated silicon photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell in a tandem manner based on a photocatalytic-PEC Z-scheme design. Although the individual components cannot achieve overall water splitting, the hybrid platform demonstrated the capability of unassisted solar-driven overall water splitting. Moreover, H2and O2evolution can be separated in this system, which is ascribed to the functionality afforded by the unconventional Z-scheme design. Furthermore, the tandem configuration and the spatial separation between PSII and artificial components provide more opportunities to develop efficient natural–artificial hybrid photosynthesis systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9229-9233
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - Jun 27 2016



  • photocatalysis
  • photoelectrochemistry
  • photosystem II
  • water splitting
  • Z-scheme

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis

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