Investigation of Microfluidic Platforms for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells Applications

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Enzymatic biofuel cells are green energy sources that harvest electrical energy from the surrounding environment. Utilization of the abundant biofuels is based on the enzymatic conversion of the organic matter in the presence of active biocatalysts. In order to provide maximum fuel conversion we have designed and fabricated polymer based microfluidic devices as platforms for the biofuel cells. The design was supported by a detailed theoretical study of the mass transport and reactions within the channel. Stable immobilization of enzyme catalysts on metal and carbon electrodes results in a prolonged operation of a constructed biofuel cell.

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Ms. Monika Zygowska
University College Cork

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Author(s)Zygowska, M.
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Publication InformationInvestigation of Microfluidic Platforms for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells Applications
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Resource Keywordsbiofuel cell, microfluidics, enzyme
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2009-ET-MS-10-S2
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeEnvironmental Technologies
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 1
Project Start Date Friday 1st January 2010 (01-01-2010)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 1st February 2011 (01-02-2011)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 15th October 2013 (15-10-2013)
Published on SAFERThursday 31st October 2013 (31-10-2013)
Date of Last EditMonday 25th November 2013 at 09:57:11 (25-11-2013)
Datasets or Files Updated On Monday 25th November 2013 at 09:57:11 (25-11-2013)

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This research was driven by growing demands for green, renewable energy sources. Abundance of organic fuel and intrinsic ability of enzymes to selectively catalyze biochemical reactions led to the development of enzymatic biofuel cells.These devices are capable of converting the chemical energy into electrical power in mild conditions and in a waste-free manner.
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Parameters measured in this project revolve around current and power outputs from the cell.
Modelling studies have been performed using two types of numerical software: COMSOL Multiphysics and Mathematica.
In order to study the behavior of the enzyme catalysts and the performance of the cell's components, common electrochemical techniques such as Cyclic Voltammetry and Chronoamperometry were employed.
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