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Water oxidation: High five iron

The oxidation of water is essential to the sustainable production of fuels using sunlight or electricity, but designing active, stable and earth-abundant catalysts for the reaction is challenging. Now, a complex containing five iron atoms is shown to efficiently oxidize water by mimicking key features of the oxygen-evolving complex in green plants.

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Figure 1: Mechanism of water oxidation catalyzed by a pentanuclear iron complex.

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Lloret-Fillol, J., Costas, M. Water oxidation: High five iron. Nat Energy 1, 16023 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nenergy.2016.23

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