Advanced Materials, Vol.25, No.11, 1593-1597, 2013
Conjugated Oligoelectrolytes Increase Power Generation in E. coli Microbial Fuel Cells
A series of conjugated oligoelectrolytes with structural variations is used to stain E. coli. By taking advantage of a high-throughput screening platform that incorporates gold anodes, it is found that MFCs with COE-modified E. coli generate significantly higher power densities, relative to unmodified E. coli. These findings highlight the potential of using water-soluble molecules inspired by the work on organic semiconductors to improve electrode/microbe interfaces.