Gated Dissipative Dynamic Artificial Photosynthetic Model Systems

Chen Wang, Zhixin Zhou, Yu Ouyang, Jianbang Wang, Ehud Neumann, Rachel Nechushtai, Itamar Willner*

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Gated dissipative artificial photosynthetic systems modeling dynamically modulated environmental effects on the photosynthetic apparatus are presented. Two photochemical systems composed of a supramolecular duplex scaffold, a photosensitizer-functionalized strand (photosensitizer is Zn(II)protoporphyrin IX, Zn(II)PPIX, or pyrene), an electron acceptor bipyridinium (V2+)-modified strand, and a nicking enzyme (Nt.BbvCI) act as functional assemblies driving transient photosynthetic-like processes. In the presence of a fuel strand, the transient electron transfer quenching of the photosensitizers, in each of the photochemical systems, is activated. In the presence of a sacrificial electron donor (mercaptoethanol) and continuous irradiation, the resulting electron transfer process in the Zn(II)PPIX/V2+ photochemical module leads to the transient accumulation and depletion of the bipyridinium radical-cation (V·+) product, and in the presence of ferredoxin-NADP+ reductase and NADP+, to the kinetically modulated photosynthesis of NADPH. By subjecting the mixture of two photochemical modules to one of two inhibitors, the gated transient photoinduced electron transfer in the two modules is demonstrated. Such gated dissipative process highlights its potential as an important pathway to protect artificial photosynthetic module against overdose of irradiance and to minimize photodamage.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)12120-12128
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number31
StatePublished - 11 Aug 2021

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