Photosynthetic water-splitting takes place in photosystem II (PSII), a membrane protein complex consisting of 20 subunits with an overall molecular mass of 350 kDa. The light-induced water-splitting reaction catalyzed by PSII not only converts light energy into biologically useful chemical energy, but also provides us with oxygen indispensible for sustaining oxygenic life on the earth. We have solved the structure of PSII at a 1.9 Å resolution, from which, the detailed structure of the Mn4CaO5-cluster, the catalytic center for water-splitting, became clear. Based on the structure of PSII at the atomic resolution, possible mechanism of light-induced water-splitting was discussed.
|Title of host publication||Solar Chemical Energy Storage, SolChES 2012|
|Publisher||American Institute of Physics Inc.|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||1st International Workshop on Solar Chemical Energy Storage, SolChES 2012 - Sendai, Japan|
Duration: Jul 23 2012 → Jul 28 2012
|Other||1st International Workshop on Solar Chemical Energy Storage, SolChES 2012|
|Period||7/23/12 → 7/28/12|
- Light-energy conversion.
- Oxygen evolution
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)