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Title: The development of molecular water oxidation catalysts

Abstract

There is an urgent need to transition from fossil fuels to solar fuels $-$ not only to lower CO2 emissions that cause global warming but also to ration fossil resources. Splitting H2O with sunlight emerges as a clean and sustainable energy conversion scheme that can afford practical technologies in the short-to-mid-term. A crucial component in such a device is a water oxidation catalyst (WOC). These artificial catalysts have been developed mainly over the past two decades, which is in contrast to nature’s WOCs, which have featured in its photosynthetic apparatus for more than a billion years. Recent times have seen the development of increasingly active molecular WOCs, the study of which affords an understanding of catalytic mechanisms and decomposition pathways. This Perspective offers a historical description of the landmark molecular WOCs, particularly ruthenium systems, that have guided research to our present degree of understanding.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [3];  [4];  [2]; ORCiD logo [5]
  1. Barcelona Inst. of Science and Technology (BIST), Tarragona (Spain). Inst. of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ); Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain)
  2. Barcelona Inst. of Science and Technology (BIST), Tarragona (Spain). Inst. of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Chemistry Division, Energy & Photon Sciences Directorate
  4. Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)
  5. Barcelona Inst. of Science and Technology (BIST), Tarragona (Spain). Inst. of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ); Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)
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Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
OSTI Identifier:
1529883
Report Number(s):
BNL-211803-2019-JAAM
Journal ID: ISSN 2397-3358
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0012704
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Reviews Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2397-3358
Publisher:
Springer Nature
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

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Matheu, Roc, Garrido-Barros, Pablo, Gil-Sepulcre, Marcos, Ertem, Mehmed Z., Sala, Xavier, Gimbert-Suriñach, Carolina, and Llobet, Antoni. The development of molecular water oxidation catalysts. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1038/s41570-019-0096-0.
Matheu, Roc, Garrido-Barros, Pablo, Gil-Sepulcre, Marcos, Ertem, Mehmed Z., Sala, Xavier, Gimbert-Suriñach, Carolina, & Llobet, Antoni. The development of molecular water oxidation catalysts. United States. doi:10.1038/s41570-019-0096-0.
Matheu, Roc, Garrido-Barros, Pablo, Gil-Sepulcre, Marcos, Ertem, Mehmed Z., Sala, Xavier, Gimbert-Suriñach, Carolina, and Llobet, Antoni. Mon . "The development of molecular water oxidation catalysts". United States. doi:10.1038/s41570-019-0096-0. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1529883.
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author = {Matheu, Roc and Garrido-Barros, Pablo and Gil-Sepulcre, Marcos and Ertem, Mehmed Z. and Sala, Xavier and Gimbert-Suriñach, Carolina and Llobet, Antoni},
abstractNote = {There is an urgent need to transition from fossil fuels to solar fuels $-$ not only to lower CO2 emissions that cause global warming but also to ration fossil resources. Splitting H2O with sunlight emerges as a clean and sustainable energy conversion scheme that can afford practical technologies in the short-to-mid-term. A crucial component in such a device is a water oxidation catalyst (WOC). These artificial catalysts have been developed mainly over the past two decades, which is in contrast to nature’s WOCs, which have featured in its photosynthetic apparatus for more than a billion years. Recent times have seen the development of increasingly active molecular WOCs, the study of which affords an understanding of catalytic mechanisms and decomposition pathways. This Perspective offers a historical description of the landmark molecular WOCs, particularly ruthenium systems, that have guided research to our present degree of understanding.},
doi = {10.1038/s41570-019-0096-0},
journal = {Nature Reviews Chemistry},
number = 5,
volume = 3,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
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