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Coord Chem Rev. 2008 Feb 1;252(3-4):444-455.

Functional Models for the Oxygen-Evolving Complex of Photosystem II.

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Department of Chemistry, Yale University, P.O. Box 208107, New Haven, CT 06520-8107, USA.


In the last ten years, a number of advances have been made in the study of the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) of photosystem II (PSII). Along with this new understanding of the natural system has come rapid advance in chemical models of this system. The advance of PSII model chemistry is seen most strikingly in the area of functional models where the few known systems available when this topic was last reviewed has grown into two families of model systems. In concert with this work, numerous mechanistic proposals for photosynthetic water oxidation have been proposed. Here, we review the recent efforts in functional model chemistry of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II.

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