An implantable biofuel cell for a live insect

Michelle Rasmussen, Roy E. Ritzmann, Irene Lee, Alan J. Pollack, Daniel Alberto Scherson*

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Abstract

A biofuel cell incorporating a bienzymatic trehalase|glucose oxidase trehalose anode and a bilirubin oxidase dioxygen cathode using Os complexes grafted to a polymeric backbone as electron relays was designed and constructed. The specific power densities of the biofuel cell implanted in a female Blaberus discoidalis through incisions into its abdomen yielded maximum values of ca. 55 μW/cm 2 at 0.2 V that decreased by only ca. 5% after ca. 2.5 h of operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1458-1460
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume134
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 25
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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