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August 6th, 2007

Latest biomaterials offer fuel cell hope

Abstract:
Carbon nanotube scaffolds that can support bacterial cells could be used as electrodes in microbial fuel cells.

Francisco del Monte and Mara Ferrer at the Madrid institute of materials science (ICMM-CSIC), Spain, and colleagues made multi-wall carbon nanotube scaffolds with a micro-channel structure in which bacteria can grow.

'Proteins and enzymes immobilized on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been used as biosensors and in methanol fuel cells. Given that CNTs are also suitable supports for cell growth, one could also use them as CNT-based electrodes in microbial fuel cells,' said del Monte.

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