Parallels between enzyme catalysis, electrocatalysis, and photoelectrosynthesis

Daiki Nishiori, Brian L. Wadsworth, Gary F. Moore

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Catalysts are central to accelerating chemistry in biology and technology. In biochemistry, the relationship between the velocity of an enzymatic reaction and the concentration of chemical substrates is described via the Michaelis-Menten model. The modeling and benchmarking of synthetic molecular electrocatalysts are also well developed. However, such efforts have not been as rigorously extended to photoelectrosynthetic reactions, where, in addition to chemical substrates and charge carriers, light is a required reagent. In this perspective, we draw parallels between concepts involving enzyme catalytic efficiency, the benchmarking of molecular electrocatalysts, and the performance of photoelectrosynthetic assemblies, while highlighting key differences, assumptions, and limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)978-996
Number of pages19
JournalChem Catalysis
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 21 2021


  • SDG13: Climate action
  • SDG3: Good health and well-being
  • SDG6: Clean water and sanitation
  • SDG7: Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG9: Industry innovation and infrastructure
  • electrocatalysis
  • enzyme catalysis
  • photoelectrosynthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)


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