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Bacterial Wiring for Energy Conversion and Remediation

Objective

The aim of the project is to develop a new paradigm for the simultaneous cogeneration of energy and bioremediation using electro-active bacteria. A new nano-structured transducer that efficiently connects to these bacteria will be developed, aiming to the production of devices with superior performance across a range of applications including microbial fuel cells, whole cell biosensors and bioreactors. Elucidation of mechanisms by which bacteria transport electrons to solid electrodes is crucial. In this way, well-defined surfaces of single crystals and multilayered gold deposits on quartz elements will be used to resolve the interfacial electrochemistry of both, bacteria and isolated bacterial surface redox molecules. The spatial distribution of cytochromes in the cell surface will be determined by AFM and those involved in the electric connection to electrodes will be studied in detail. Nanoparticle-containing molecular bridges will be designed and constructed to connect electro-active bacteria to the electrode. Afterwards, tethered bacterial biofilms will be used in the development of technological application including reactors for the simultaneous cleaning of wastewater and the generation of clean energy.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 590 180
Administrative Contact
Juan Carlos Ivorra Bernabeu (Mr.)

Participants (5)

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 548 319
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Catherine Cochrane (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 418 469
Address
Plaza De San Diego
28801 Alcala De Henares/madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Abraham Esteve-Nuñez (Dr.)
INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN CIENCIA Y TECNOLOGIA DE MATERIALES
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 296 448
Address
Juan B Justo 4302
7600 Mar Del Plata
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Juan Pablo Busalmen (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 564 728
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Wandlowski (Prof.)
ElectroCell A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 531 855
Address
Vennelystvej 1
6880 Tarm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Duane Mazur (Dr.)