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Journal articles made easy: Photocatalytic water oxidation


This article looks at photocatalytic water oxidation and producing an artificial water photooxidation system, including  how this could be used to generate renewable energy. It will help you understand the research the journal article is based on, and how to read and understand journal articles. The research article was orginaly published in our Chemical Science journal.

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working independently



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Undergraduate & Postgraduate


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Journal articles made easy are journal articles from a range of Royal Society of Chemistry journals that have been re-written into a standard, accessible format. They contain links to the associated Chemistry World article, ChemSpider entries, related journal articles, books and Learn Chemistry resources such as videos of techniques, and resources on theory and activities. They should facilitate students understanding of scientific journal articles and how to extract and interpret the information in them.