Yuk! Batteries from Bacterial Viruses

Posted: April 5, 2009 in Technology
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Who said bacteria are yukky and useless?!

Dr. Angela Belcher, a researchers at MIT, and her team produced a batteries from bacteriophage, or viruses that prey on bacteria! The team used genetically engineered material and bacteriophage M13 to create a lithium-ion battery.”M13 acts as a “biological scaffold” that allows carbon nanotubes and bits of iron phosphate to attach and form a network for conducting electricity.”

“Belcher claims that just a third of an ounce (about 10 grams) of the viral battery material could power an iPod for 40 hours.” –

[via Engadget]


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