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Tapia, C,Milton, RD,Pankratova, G,Minteer, SD,Akerlund, HE,Leech, D,De Lacey, AL,Pita, M,Gorton, L
2017
January
Chemelectrochem
Wiring of PhotosystemI and Hydrogenase on an Electrode for Photoelectrochemical H-2 Production by using Redox Polymers for Relatively Positive Onset Potential
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biocatalysis enzymes hydrogen photosynthesis polymers ARTIFICIAL PHOTOSYNTHESIS DESULFOVIBRIO-GIGAS CELLS PHOTOCURRENT EVOLUTION
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PhotosystemI (PSI) is combined with Desulfovibrio gigas hydrogenase for the bioelectrocatalytic photosynthesis of hydrogen at an electrode surface. The activity of these two biocatalysts is linked by two redox polymers; a redox polymer with a relatively positive potential (loaded with an Os complex) is able to reduce PSI and thus facilitates the production of photoexcited electrons, whereas redox polymers of relatively low potential are able to transfer electrons to the hydrogenase. Two negative-potential redox polymers are tested, with either a viologen pendant (4-methyl-4-bromopropylviologen functionalized linear polyethylenimine) or a cobaltocene pendant (cobaltocene-functionalized branched polyethylenimine, Cc-BPEI). Both are able to protect hydrogenase from O-2 inactivation, but only the use of Cc-BPEI yields significant photocurrents for H+ reduction, likely due to its lower redox potential. The photocurrents obtained are found to be proportional to the quantity of H-2 produced, reaching a maximum of -30Acm(-2) for the system incorporating Cc-BPEI and showing a relatively positive onset potential at +0.38V versus SHE.
10.1002/celc.201600506
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