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Findings from Dankook University Broaden Understanding of Nanostructures (Photosynthetic Solar Cell Using Nanostructured Proton Exchange Membrane for...

August 8, 2014



Findings from Dankook University Broaden Understanding of Nanostructures (Photosynthetic Solar Cell Using Nanostructured Proton Exchange Membrane for Microbial Biofilm Prevention)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- Investigators publish new report on Nanostructures. According to news reporting originating from Gyeonggi Do, South Korea, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Unwanted biofilm formation has a detrimental effect on bioelectrical energy harvesting in microbial cells. This issue still needs to be solved for higher power and longer durability and could be resolved with the help of nanoengineering in designing and manufacturing."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Dankook University, "Here, we demonstrate a photosynthetic solar cell (PSC) that contains a nanostructure to prevent the formation of biofilm by micro-organisms. Nanostructures were fabricated using nanoimprint lithography, where a film heater array system was introduced to precisely control the local wall temperature. To understand the heat and mass transfer phenomena behind the manufacturing and energy harvesting processes of PSC, we carried out a numerical simulation and experimental measurements. It revealed that the nanostructures developed on the proton exchange membrane enable PSC to produce enhanced output power due to the retarded microbial attachment on the Nafion membrane."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We anticipate that this strategy can provide a pathway where PSC can ensure more renewable, sustainable, and efficient energy harvesting performance."

For more information on this research see: Photosynthetic Solar Cell Using Nanostructured Proton Exchange Membrane for Microbial Biofilm Prevention. ACS Nano, 2014;8(6):6458-6465. ACS Nano can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society - www.acs.org; ACS Nano - www.pubs.acs.org/journal/ancac3)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D.H. Lee, Dankook University, Dept. of Mech Engn, Yongin 448701, Gyeonggi Do, South Korea. Additional authors for this research include H.J. Oh, S.J. Bai and Y.S. Song.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Energy, Solar Cell, Gyeonggi Do, South Korea, Nanostructural, Nanostructures, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies

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