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Why did Nature choose manganese to make oxygen?

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This paper discusses the suitability of manganese for its function in catalysing the formation of molecular oxygen from water. Manganese is an abundant element. In terms of its inherent properties, Mn has a particularly rich redox chemistry compared with other d-block elements, with several oxidizing states accessible. The most stable-state Mn2+ behaves like a Group 2 element--it is mobile, weakly complexing, easily taken up by cells and redox-inactive in simple aqueous media. Only in the pre...

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10.1098/rstb.2007.2223

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry
Journal:
Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
Volume:
363
Issue:
1494
Pages:
1263-1270
Publication date:
2008-03-05
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EISSN:
1471-2970
ISSN:
0962-8436
URN:
uuid:82845117-424e-4361-a189-12693c81de48
Source identifiers:
34023
Local pid:
pubs:34023

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