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ChemSusChem. 2011 Feb 18;4(2):173-9. doi: 10.1002/cssc.201000385. Epub 2011 Jan 26.

The water oxidation bottleneck in artificial photosynthesis: how can we get through it? An alternative route involving a two-electron process.

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SORST/JST, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 Minami-ohsawa, Hachiohji, Tokyo 192-0397, Japan. inoue-haruo@tmu.ac.jp

Abstract

The state-of-the-art of research on artificial photosynthesis is briefly reviewed. Insights into how Nature takes electrons from water, the photon-flux density of sunlight, the time scale for the arrival of the next photon (electron-hole) at the oxygen-evolving complex, how Nature solves the photon-flux-density problem, and how we can get through the bottleneck of water oxidation are discussed. An alternate route for a two-electron process induced by one-photon excitation is postulated for getting through the bottleneck of water oxidation.

PMID:
21271684
DOI:
10.1002/cssc.201000385
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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