Instant power generation from an air-breathing paper and pencil based bacterial bio-fuel cell

Veerubhotla, Ramya ; Bandopadhyay, Aditya ; Das, Debabrata ; Chakraborty, Suman (2015) Instant power generation from an air-breathing paper and pencil based bacterial bio-fuel cell Lab Chip, 15 (12). pp. 2580-2583. ISSN 1473-0197

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Related URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5LC00211G

Abstract

We present a low-cost, disposable microbial fuel cell fabricated on a paper based platform, having a start-up time of 10 s. The platform deploys ordinary pencil strokes for graphite electrode deposition. The device uses a membrane-less design in a one-time injection (OTI) mode or a continuous capillary driven flow mode (CPF), where oxygen from the atmosphere is used up at the cathode for water formation, leading to the generation of bioelectricity. The performance of the fuel cell is evaluated using two bacterial strains, namely, Pseudomonas aeruginosa IIT BT SS1 and Shewanella putrefaciens. This flexible device is shown to retain bacteria for a period of at least one hour, resulting in the generation of almost 0.4 V using P. aeruginosa and a maximum current of 18 μA using S. putrefaciens without the use of any additional catalysts.

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