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Photosynth Res. 2014 May;120(1-2):59-70. doi: 10.1007/s11120-013-9795-4. Epub 2013 Feb 11.

Evolution of reaction center mimics to systems capable of generating solar fuel.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85287, USA.


Capturing and converting solar energy via artificial photosynthesis offers an ideal way to limit society's dependence on fossil fuel and its myriad consequences. The development and study of molecular artificial photosynthetic reactions centers and antenna complexes and the combination of these constructs with catalysts to drive the photochemical production of a fuel helps to build the understanding needed for development of future scalable technologies. This review focuses on the study of molecular complexes, design of which is inspired by the components of natural photosynthesis, and covers research from early triad reaction centers developed by the group of Gust, Moore, and Moore to recent photoelectrochemical systems capable of using light to convert water to oxygen and hydrogen.

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