The development of water oxidation catalysts based on Earth-abundant metals that can function at neutral pH remains a basic chemical challenge. Here, we report that salophen complexes with Ni(ii), Cu(ii), and Mn(ii) can catalyse photochemical water oxidation to molecular oxygen in the presence of [Ru(bpy)3]2+ as a photosensitizer and Na2S2O8 as an oxidant in phosphate buffer of pH 7.0. Experimental results including CV, SEM, EDS, ESI-MS, and DLS measurements on the metal salophen complex-catalysed water oxidation to oxygen suggest that the catalytic activity of the catalysts is molecular in origin.
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