Mimicry and functions of photosynthetic reaction centers

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The structure and function of photosynthetic reaction centers (PRCs) have been modeled by designing and synthesizing electron donor-acceptor ensembles including electron mediators, which can mimic multi-step photoinduced charge separation occurring in PRCs to obtain long-lived charge-separated states. PRCs in photosystem I (PSI) or/ and photosystem II (PSII) have been utilized as components of solar cells to convert solar energy to electric energy. Biohybrid photoelectrochemical cells composed of PSII have also been developed for solar-driven water splitting into H2 and O2. Such a strategy to bridge natural photosynthesis with artificial photosynthesis is discussed in this minireview.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1279-1288
Number of pages10
JournalBiochemical Society Transactions
Issue number5
StatePublished - 9 Oct 2018

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Funding Information:
The authors appreciate significant contributions of their collaborators and co-workers cited in the listed references and support by a SENTAN project (to S.F.) from Japan Science and Technology Agency, a grant for scientific research from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (no. 16H02268 to S.F.), the NRF of Korea through CRI (NRF-2012R1A3A2048842 to W.N.), GRL (NRF-2010-00353 to W.N.) and also Basic Science Research Program (2017R1D1A1B03029982 to Y.-M.L. and 2017R1D1A1B03032615 to S.F.).

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