Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 545–551

Pt-based electro-catalytic materials derived from biosorption processes and their exploitation in fuel cell technology

Original Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10529-006-9289-y

Cite this article as:
Dimitriadis, S., Nomikou, N. & McHale, A.P. Biotechnol Lett (2007) 29: 545. doi:10.1007/s10529-006-9289-y

Abstract

Yeast-based biomass, immobilised in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) cryogels, was used as a biosorbant material for the recovery of platinum (PtCl62−) from aqueous solutions. The resulting biomass-Pt matrices were then employed directly as an electro-catalytic anode in a fuel cell configuration to generate electrical energy from renewable sources such as glucose and ethanol. We suggest an integrated strategy incorporating the derivation of a high-value product from a bioremediative process with a view towards producing energy from renewable fuels such as glucose and ethanol.

Keywords

BiomassBiosorptionEnergyFuel-cellPlatinum

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biomedical SciencesUniversity of UlsterColeraine, Co DerryNorthern Ireland, UK
  2. 2.EFMB Ltd.Belfast, Co AntrimNorthern Ireland, UK