Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 68, Issue 6, pp 753–756

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

Biotechnological Products and Process Engineering

DOI: 10.1007/s00253-005-1915-4

Cite this article as:
Rosenbaum, M., Schröder, U. & Scholz, F. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2005) 68: 753. doi:10.1007/s00253-005-1915-4


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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Chemie und BiochemieUniversität GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany