Direct Electricity Production from Algae and Plants

12:00pm - 1:00pm / Monday 23rd April 2018 / Venue: Lecture Theatre 1 Life Sciences Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: GSTT Seminar Series
  • Suitable for: Staff/students with an interest in Genomes, Systems and Therapeutic Targeting
  • Admission: Free
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Many microorganisms are able to export electrons to the external environment. In some cases this is to allow external materials to be used as terminal electron acceptors in respiration. The electrons can be harvested and used to power small electronic devices. We find that photosynthetic microorganisms can also export some of the electrons generated in photosynthesis, allowing them to be exploited as biological equivalents of photovoltaic cells. I shall review work in this area, and possible strategies to enhance power production.