Scientists at Stevens Institute of Technology and Hoboken’s Neurobionics Laboratory have been able to turn a common store mushroom into an electric generator by covering it with cyanobacteria and graphene strands..
Investigating new generation biohybrid sources of ecological energy, the Americans found out that the simplest organisms are optimal for this. They settled on cyanobacteria, which are capable of generating light by generating a small electrical charge known as photocurrent. However, scientists are faced with the fact that in artificial conditions, the process is very difficult to maintain..
In the course of experiments, they found out that bacteria exist on living mushrooms for much longer than on other bases. Therefore, using 3D printing, a spiral of cyanobacteria, which generated electricity, and lines of ink containing graphene filaments to collect it were applied to the hat..
During photosynthesis, the current was approximately 65 nanoamperes. Fungi supported this process by providing a favorable habitat and nutrients for the protozoa..
Scientists argue that the power of the hybrid system will be enough for an LED, but this is not enough to power electronic devices. However, according to the developers, this is just the first step in the development of next generation biohybrid solutions. Other types of microorganisms that are capable of producing useful chemicals or fuels are also suitable for such systems..
Earlier we also wrote that Swedish scientists turned solar energy into liquid fuel..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: American Chemical Society
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