Crystallographic orientation and electrode nature are key factors for electric current generation by Geobacter sulfurreducens

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Title: Crystallographic orientation and electrode nature are key factors for electric current generation by Geobacter sulfurreducens
Authors: Maestro, Beatriz | Ortiz, Juan M. | Schrott, Germán | Busalmen, Juan P. | Climent, Victor | Feliu, Juan M.
Research Group/s: Electroquímica de Superficies
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Química Física | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Electroquímica
Keywords: Geobacter sulfurreducens | Single-crystal electrode | Biofilm | Electron transport | Cytochrome
Knowledge Area: Química Física
Issue Date: 25-Feb-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Bioelectrochemistry. 2014, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 25 February 2014. doi:10.1016/j.bioelechem.2014.02.001
Abstract: We have investigated the influence of electrode material and crystallographic structure on electron transfer and biofilm formation of Geobacter sulfurreducens. Single-crystal gold - Au(110), Au(111), Au(210) - and platinum - Pt(100), Pt(110), Pt(111), Pt(210) - electrodes were tested and compared to graphite rods. G. sulfurreducens electrochemically interacts with all these materials with different attachment kinetics and final current production, although redox species involved in the electron transfer to the anode are virtually the same in all cases. Initial bacterial colonization was fastest on graphite up to the monolayer level, whereas gold electrodes led to higher final current densities. Crystal geometry showed to have an important influence, with Au(210) sustaining a current density of up to 1442 (± 101) μA cm- 2 at the steady state, over Au(111) with 961 (± 94) μA cm- 2 and Au(110) with 944 (± 89) μA cm- 2. On the other hand, the platinum electrodes displayed the lowest performances, including Pt(210). Our results indicate that both crystal geometry and electrode material are key parameters for the efficient interaction of bacteria with the substrate and should be considered for the design of novel materials and microbial devices to optimize energy production.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the European Union though the BacWire FP7 Collaboration project (contract #: NMP4-SL-2009-229337).
ISSN: 1567-5394 (Print) | 1878-562X (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.bioelechem.2014.02.001
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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