Water Splitting Using Electrochemical Approach

  • Akira Yamaguchi
  • Toshihiro Takashima
  • Kazuhito Hashimoto
  • Ryuhei Nakamura
Chapter
Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 32)

Abstract

For electrochemical water splitting, a number of bioinspired and biomimetic Mn-based materials have been developed; however, the catalytic performances markedly differ between natural and synthetic Mn catalysts. Based on the recent in situ detection of surface intermediates for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) by MnO2, this chapter introduces the design rationale for the efficient OER catalysts, and discusses the evolutional origin of natural Mn4-clusters to provide a better understanding of the differences in activity between natural and man-made OER catalysts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akira Yamaguchi
    • 1
  • Toshihiro Takashima
    • 2
  • Kazuhito Hashimoto
    • 3
  • Ryuhei Nakamura
    • 1
  1. 1.Biofunctional Catalyst Research TeamRIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource ScienceWakoJapan
  2. 2.Clean Energy Research CenterUniversity of YamanashiKofuJapan
  3. 3.Department of Applied ChemistryThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan

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