Biofuel Cells

Concepts and Perspectives for Implantable Devices

Authored by: Mukesh Yadav , Nirmala Sehrawat , Simran Preet Kaur , Ram Sarup Singh

Biofuels

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498723596
eBook ISBN: 9781315370743
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315370743-22

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Abstract

Biofuel cells are devices capable of transforming chemical energy of a fuel into electrical energy. Biofuel cells can be abiotic, enzymatic, microbial, or mammalian type depending on the catalysts used for the oxidation and reduction reactions. The development and fabrication of biofuel cell are a multidisciplinary assignment that requires conceptual understanding of the metabolic pathways of microorganisms, catalysts, material sciences, fabrication, and bioelectronics. Presently, researchers are focusing on the development of biofuel cells that can be implanted in living organisms to power the medical devices or biosensors. Moreover, biofuel cells can also be better alternate for clean energy. This chapter focuses on the working principles for fuel cell, concepts of biofuel cell, types of biofuel cells, and application-based examples of biofuel cells for implantable devices.

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