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Type: Journal article
Title: Photoelectrochemical water oxidation and longevous photoelectric conversion by a photosystem II electrode
Author: Tian, W.
Zhang, H.
Sibbons, J.
Sun, H.
Wang, H.
Wang, S.
Citation: Advanced Energy Materials, 2021; 11(30):2100911-1-2100911-13
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2021
ISSN: 1614-6832
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Wenjie Tian, Huayang Zhang, Jane Sibbons, Hongqi Sun, Hao Wang and Shaobin Wang
Abstract: The immobilization of natural photosystem II (PSII) enzyme onto an artificial electrode offers an ingenious and promising avenue for semiartificial solar energy conversion. However, this process is significantly limited by the poor sta-bility and the short life of PSII. Here, a new prototype of a semiartificial system is reported by anchoring PSII on polyethylenimine-coated macroporous carbon electrode with a high load. Good electronic communication is established at the biointerface of this PSII electrode, enabling excellent photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation and lasting electricity generation. The maximum turnover number of 10 200 ± 1380 mol O2 per mol PSII dimer is obtained in this system at around 10 h before complete deactivation, reaching high current-to-O2 con-version efficiencies. The functions of PSII to release O2 both in light and dark conditions as well as for H2O2 formation are revealed. Under periodic irradiation (AM 1.5G 1 sun), this PSII electrode allows for stable mediated photocurrent output of ≈4.31 μA cm−2 after five days, which represents the most stable photo-electric performance achieved so far for PSII-related electrodes.
Keywords: photoelectric conversion; photosystem II; semiartificial photosynthetic systems; water oxidation
Rights: © 2021 Wiley-VCH GmbH
DOI: 10.1002/aenm.202100911
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