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Sparks from bacteria can power the future

Funded under: FP6-NEST


Electrochemically active biofilms, which can achieve a direct electrochemical connection when they form on a conductive material, may be the basis of a new power source. Biofilms of micro-organisms form naturally on solid surfaces. Until now, they have been seen as harmful, either to human health, or to industrial products. But recent research suggests they have properties which can be used to catalyse or control electrochemical reactions, and could lead to a wide range of new products and processes over the next decade.

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