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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Chen WJ, Lee MH, Thomas J, Lu PH, Li MH, Lin HY
Article Title: Microcontact Imprinting of Algae on Poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) for Biofuel Cells.
Publication date: 2013
Journal: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Volume: 5
Issue: (21)
Page numbers: 11123-11128.
DOI: 10.1021/am403313p

Abstract: Hydrogen can be produced using microorganisms (e.g., bacteria and algae); algal production has the additional ecological benefit of carbon dioxide fixation. The conversion of hydrogen to electricity via fuel cells may be more efficient compared to other energy sources of electricity. However, the anode of biofuel cells requires the immobilization of microorganisms or enzymes. In this work, poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVAL), was coated on the electrode, and green algae was microcontact imprinted onto the EVAL film. The readsorption of algae onto algae-imprinted EVAL thin films was compared to determine the ethylene content that gave highest imprinting effectiveness and algal binding. Scanning electron microscopy and fluorescence spectrometry were employed to characterize the surface morphology, recognition capacity, and reusability of the algae-imprinted cavities. The recognition of an individual algal cell by binding to the imprinted cavities was directly observed by video microscopy. Finally, the power and current density of the algal biofuel cell using the algae-imprinted EVAL-coated electrode were measured at about 2-fold higher than electrode sputtered platinum on poly(ethylene terephthalate)
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