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A biomimetic approach to artificial photosynthesis: Ru(II)-polypyridine photo-sensitisers linked to tyrosine and manganese electron donors
2001 (English)In: Spectrochimica Acta Part A - Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, ISSN 1386-1425, Vol. 57, no 11, 2145-2160 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
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The paper describes recent advances towards the construction of functional rr mics of the oxygen evolving complex in photosystem II (PSII) that are coupled to photoinduced charge separation. Some key principles of PSII and artificial systems for light-induced charge accumulation are discussed. Systems are described where biomimetic electron donors - manganese complexes and tyrosine - have been linked to a Ru(II)-polypyridine photosensitiser. Oxidation of the donors by intramolecular electron transfer from the photo-oxidised Ru(III) complex has been studied using optical flash photolysis and EPR experiments. A step-wise electron transfer Mn-2(III,III) --> tyrosine --> Ru(III) has been demonstrated, in analogy to the reaction on the donor side of PSII Electron transfer from the tyrosine to Ru(III) was coupled to tyrosine deprotonation. This resulted in a large reorganisation energy and thus a slow reaction rate, unless the tyrosine was hydrogen bonded or already deprotonated. A comparison with analogous reactions in PSH is made. Finally, light-induced oxidation of a manganese dimer linked to a Ru(II)-photosensitiser has been observed. Preliminary results suggest the possibility of photo-oxidising manganese dimers in several steps, which is an important advancement towards water oxidation.

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2001. Vol. 57, no 11, 2145-2160 p.
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artificial photosynthesis, photosystem II, electron transfer, manganese, ruthenium, photochemistry, o bond formation, photosystem-ii, oxygen evolution, water-oxidation, mn cluster, complex, hydrogen, proton, models, porphyrin
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-20953ISI: 000171116800005OAI: diva2:339650
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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