Biobatteries

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 19:24

shows red and blue atoms forming a schematic nanotubeBacteria and viruses are now being exploited for the production of chemicals and drugs, and one of the most surprising uses is that a researcher has found a small elongated virus that can be persuaded to coat itself in iron phosphates or cobalt oxides. In this way they have been able to grow nano-tubes which could be used in the production of the electrodes of bio-degradable batteries. The virus mutates rapidly, so they have been able to speed up natural selection to produce several strains of viruses, some for nano-wire production, and other to bind the wires into composites.

(please note, the illustration here is a "generic" nanotube, I was unable to find one of those described in the article)

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129580.400-im-breeding-biodegradable-batteries-from-viruses.html#.UyTOyVywZg0