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Wiring liposomes and chloroplasts to the grid with an electronic polymer.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

We present a novel thylakoid based bio-solar cell capable of generating a photoelectric current of    0.7 µA/cm2. We have introduced an electro conductive polymer, PEDOT-S, to the thylakoid membrane. PEDOT-S intervenes in the photosynthesis, captures electrons from the electron transport chain and transfers them directly across the thylakoid membrane, thus generating a current. The incorporation of the electro conductive polymer into the thylakoid membrane is therefore vital for the function of the bio-solar cell. A liposomal model system based on liposomes formed by oleic acid was used to develop and study the incorporation of PEDOT-S to fatty acid membranes. The liposomes allow for a more controllable and easily manipulated system compared to the thylakoid membrane. In the model system, PEDOT-S could successfully be incorporated to the membrane, and the developed methods were applied to the real system of thylakoid membranes. We found that a bio-compatible electrolyte and redox couple was required for this system to function. The final thylakoid based bio-solar cell was evaluated according to performance and reproducibility. We found that this bio-solar system can generate a low but reproducible current.



Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Bio-solar cell, electro conductive polymer, thylakoid, photosynthetic electron
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Bio Materials
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97517ISRN: LITH-IFM-A-EX--13/2807--SEOAI: diva2:648164
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2013-06-14, Röntgen, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, 15:07 (Swedish)
Available from: 2013-09-16 Created: 2013-09-13 Last updated: 2013-09-16Bibliographically approved

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