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Inorganic chemistry

Deconstructing water oxidation

During photosynthesis, the oxygen-evolving complex oxidizes water to produce molecular oxygen. Now, a possible role for the calcium ion in this complex has been proposed based on the electrochemical properties of a series of synthetic heterometallic clusters.

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Figure 1: Structure of the oxygen-evolving complex and the synthetic analogues reported by Agapie and co-workers.

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Cook, S., Borovik, A. Deconstructing water oxidation. Nature Chem 5, 259–260 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.1606

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