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Reference Number EP/C535456/1
Title Development of Membrane-less Biofuel Cells for Implantable Electrically Operated Devices
Status Completed
Energy Categories HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells, Other applications) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields OTHER 10%;
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 80%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Other 20%;
Principal Investigator Dr EH Yu
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School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 30 January 2006
End Date 29 July 2009
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £154,117
Industrial Sectors Energy; Healthcare
Region North East
Programme Cross-Discipline Interface
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr EH Yu , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (100.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract Advances made in medical science have led to an increasing number of implantable devices, which need miniaturised, implantable and low power power sources to support their operation. Fuel cell research and development has enormous potential to revolutionise power sources. Biofuel cells use biocatalysts to convert chemical energy into electrical energy and offer specific advantages over other renewable energy conversion methods. Thus the aim of this project is to develop an implantable, miniature, long-life and low-power fuel cell. Although there is promise in biofuel cells there are a number of problems and challenges to be overcome, which include development of suitable enzyme electrocatalysts and miniaturisation of compact cell systems. In the proposed research, the focus will be on developing more efficient novel enzyme electrodes by investigating new methods for immobilising enzymes onto electrode substrates and modifying enzymes and mediators. The programme will research novelsystems, based on nano-carbons and membrane-less fuel cells, to create compact low cost power sources. The programme involves collaboration with a leading International research group in North America and the medical school and nanotechnology centre at Newcastle. Furthermore the application of carbon nanotubes in biofuel cells makes possible the development of nano fuel cells for powering nano device
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