Bacteria could become a future source of electricity | New Study ~ helpBIOTECH

27 March 2019

Bacteria could become a future source of electricity | New Study


In recent years, researchers have tried to capture the electrical current that bacteria generate through their own metabolism. So far, however, the transfer of the current from the bacteria to a receiving electrode has not been efficient at all. Now, researchers from institutions including Lund University have achieved a slightly more efficient transfer of electrical current.

“We pick up electrons from the bacterium and transfer them to an electrode. This enables us to obtain an electrical current from the bacteria in real time, while they are eating, as it were”, explains Lo Gorton, professor of chemistry at Lund University in Sweden.
“This study is a breakthrough in our understanding of extracellular electron transfer in bacteria”, he says.

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