The Art of Basic Science #8

This installment was inspired by the editorial illustrations of Rob Dobi (though this looks nothing like his), and the following paper from JACS, wherein the authors describe a cubane-based water oxidation catalyst. It is capable of oxygen evolution, a key component in artificial photosynthesis, which is a key component in playing nice with earth. 

Manganese-Cobalt Oxido Cubanes Relevant to Manganese-Doped Water Oxidation Catalysts.

Nguyen AISuess DLMDarago LEOyala PHLevine DSZiegler MSBritt RDTilley TD.

J Am Chem Soc. 2017 Apr 19;139(15):5579-5587.