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A porphyrin-polyoxometallate bio-inspired mimic for artificial photosynthesis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kris Elliott, Emeritus Professor Anthony Harriman


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A multi-porphyrin cluster has been covalently attached to a polyoxometallate (POM) catalyst so as to form an advanced model for the photosynthetic reaction complex. This bio-inspired mimic displays efficient energy transfer from the peripheral zinc porphyrins (ZnP) to the central free-base porphyrin (FbP). The latter species participates in a light-induced electron transfer with the POM. Charge recombination is hindered by hole transfer from the FbP to one of the ZnPs. Charge accumulation occurs at the POM under illumination in the presence of a sacrificial electron donor.

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Author(s): Elliott KJ, Harriman A, Le Pleux L, Pellegrin Y, Blart E, Mayer CR, Odobel F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Year: 2009

Volume: 11

Issue: 39

Pages: 8767-8773

Print publication date: 01/01/2009

ISSN (print): 1463-9076

ISSN (electronic): 1463-9084

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry


DOI: 10.1039/b905548g


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