Volume 93 Issue 19 | p. 27 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 11, 2015

Toward A Better Photosynthesis Mimic

Bioinorganic Chemistry: Scientists achieve the closest structural mimic of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II reported to date
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: photosystem II, oxygen evolution center

The protein complex known as photosystem II plays a leading role in photosynthesis. One component of this protein, known as the oxygen-evolving complex, splits water into oxygen along with electrons and protons that are eventually used to convert carbon dioxide into organic compounds. Scientists have long sought to mimic this process by making artificial versions of the metal cluster at the heart of the oxygen-evolving complex. A team led by Chunxi Zhang of the Chinese . . .

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