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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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  1. Julio Lloret-Fillol is at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Tarragona 43007, Spain and the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Passeig Lluïs Companys 23, 08010 Barcelona, Spain.

    • Julio Lloret-Fillol
  2. Miquel Costas is at the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis and Department of Chemistry, University of Girona, Girona 17071, Spain.

    • Miquel Costas

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