The nature of the bonding and magnetic exchange pathways of the water-oxidizing complex of photosystem 2 is explored using broken symmetry density functional theory. The electronic structure and superexchange pathways are illustrated and analyzed using corresponding orbitals and intrinsic bond orbitals. These demonstrate a dominating influence on the bonding and magnetic interactions by both the geometrical structure of the Mn4CaO5 core complex and the ionic interactions of the oxo bridges with the neighboring Ca2+ ion. The demonstrated ionic nature of the Ca2+ bonds is proposed to contribute to the stabilization of the oxygen atoms participating in O–O bond formation.
|Number of pages||7154|
|Journal||J Phys Chem B|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Jun 2021|