Supercapacitive bioelectrochemical solar cells using thylakoid membranes and carbon nanotubes

Dmitrii Pankratov, G. Pankratova, H.-E. Åkerlund, Qijin Chi, L. Gorton

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Abstract

Utilization of photosynthetic cell components for light energy harnessing is aperspective tool to achieve a high efficiency of “green” light energy conversion usingfully recyclable biomaterials. Inspired by the advantages of recently disclosed concept of simultaneous light energy conversion and storage in the form of electric charge within a singular contrivance, we have developed and investigated supercapacitive photo-bioanodes based on the carboxilized and amidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWСNTs) in direct electron transfer (DET) communication with adsorbed thylakoid membranes. Employment of the amidized MWCNTs results in higher photo-bioelectrocatalytic current output, lower charge transfer resistance and open circuit potential and higher operational stability compared to the photo-bioanodes based on the carboxilized MWCNTs. The average power density achieved for the optimized supercapacitive photobioelectrochemical cell in a pulse mode was сa. 250 times higher compared to the recent report about the DET-based photo-biosupercapacitor coupled with significantly higher stability and simple design.The findings reported herein disclose new patterns of interactions between the biomaterial and charged surface and may facilitate the development of more efficient, eco-friendly and renewable biological power sources for various application perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2nd Gerischer-Kolb Symposium: Modern Aspects of Bioelectrochemistry International Bunsen Discussion Meeting - Schloss Reisensburg, Günzburg/Donau , Germany
Duration: 11 Oct 201713 Oct 2017
Conference number: 2nd
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Conference2nd Gerischer-Kolb Symposium
Number2nd
LocationSchloss Reisensburg
CountryGermany
CityGünzburg/Donau
Period11/10/201713/10/2017
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