J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2010, Vol. 52 ›› Issue (8): 704-711.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2010.00974.x
• Invited Expert Reviews •
Harvey J.M. Hou*
To address the issues of energy crisis and global warming, novel renewable carbon-free or carbon-neutral energy sources must be identified and developed. A deeper understanding of photosynthesis is the key to provide a solid foundation to facilitate this transformation. To mimic the water oxidation of photosystem II oxygen evolving complex, Mn-oxo complexes and Co-phosphate catalytic material were discovered in solar energy storage. Building on these discoveries, recent advances in solar energy conversion showed a compelling working principle by combing the active Mn-oxo and Co-based catalysts in water splitting with semiconductor hetero-nanostructures for effective solar energy harnessing. In this review the appealing systems including Mn-oxo tetramer/Nafion, Mn-oxo dimer/TiO2, Mn-oxo oligomer/WO3, Co-Pi/Fe2O3, and Co-Pi/ZnO are summarized and discussed. These accomplishments offer a promising framework and have a profound impact in the field of solar fuel production.
Hou HJM (2010) Structural and mechanistic aspects of Mn-oxo and Co-based compounds in water oxidation catalysis and potential applications in solar fuel production. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 52(8), 704–711.
Harvey J.M. Hou. Structural and Mechanistic Aspects of Mn-oxo and Co-based Compounds in Water Oxidation Catalysis and Potential Applications in Solar Fuel Production[J]. J Integr Plant Biol., 2010, 52(8): 704-711.
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