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Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2005 Oct;68(6):753-6. Epub 2005 Oct 13.

Utilizing the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii for microbial electricity generation: a living solar cell.

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  • 1Institut für Chemie und Biochemie, Universität Greifswald, Soldmannstrasse 16, Greifswald, 17489, Germany.


By employing living cells of the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, we demonstrate the possibility of direct electricity generation from microbial photosynthetic activity. The presented concept is based on an in situ oxidative depletion of hydrogen, photosynthetically produced by C. reinhardtii under sulfur-deprived conditions, by polymer-coated electrocatalytic electrodes.

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