Artificial Photosynthesis: From Molecular Catalysts for Light-driven Water Splitting to Photoelectrochemical Cells

Authors

  • Eugen S. Andreiadis,

    1. Laboratoire de Chimie et Biologie des Métaux, UMR 5249, Université Grenoble 1 – CNRS – CEA, DSV/iRTSV K’, Grenoble, France
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  • Murielle Chavarot-Kerlidou,

    Corresponding author
    1. Laboratoire de Chimie et Biologie des Métaux, UMR 5249, Université Grenoble 1 – CNRS – CEA, DSV/iRTSV K’, Grenoble, France
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  • Marc Fontecave,

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    1. Laboratoire de Chimie et Biologie des Métaux, UMR 5249, Université Grenoble 1 – CNRS – CEA, DSV/iRTSV K’, Grenoble, France
    2. Collège de France, Paris, France
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  • Vincent Artero

    1. Laboratoire de Chimie et Biologie des Métaux, UMR 5249, Université Grenoble 1 – CNRS – CEA, DSV/iRTSV K’, Grenoble, France
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Errata

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  1. Errata: Artificial Photosynthesis: From Molecular Catalysts for Light-driven Water Splitting to Photoelectrochemical Cells Volume 87, Issue 6, 1478, Article first published online: 13 September 2011

Corresponding author emails: murielle.chavarot-kerlidou@cea.fr (Murielle Chavarot-Kerlidou); marc.fontecave@cea.fr (Marc Fontecave)

Abstract

Photosynthesis has been for many years a fascinating source of inspiration for the development of model systems able to achieve efficient light-to-chemical energetic transduction. This field of research, called “artificial photosynthesis,” is currently the subject of intense interest, driven by the aim of converting solar energy into the carbon-free fuel hydrogen through the light-driven water splitting. In this review, we highlight the recent achievements on light-driven water oxidation and hydrogen production by molecular catalysts and we shed light on the perspectives in terms of implementation into water splitting technological devices.

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