Scientific objectives

The proposed ITN BIOENERGY deals with the understanding of experimental limits and fundamental principles of electro-conducting nanoarchitectures to assemble highly efficient bioelectrocatalytic structures as a basis for efficient and stable biofuel cells

Based on that fundamental understanding, the main technological objective of BIOENERGY is to develop efficient and stable biofuel cells including potentially implantable biodevices. Individual elements like electrodes, enzymes and mediators will be developed, integrated into each other and finally assembled to bio fuel cells.

In summary, the main S&T objectives of BIOENERGY are:
i)     to design and apply nanostructured electrode materials for BFCs with increased power output and stability
ii)    to substantially increase the fundamental knowledge on electrode architectures for BFCs inclu­ding covalent binding and polymer entrapment of enzymes, application of nanoobjects, for­mation of three-dimensional structures with improved mass-transport properties
iii)   to improve the function, activity and stability of redox enzymes used in anode and cathode reac­tion of BFCs by enzyme engineering as well as scaling up enzyme production
iv)   to provide the foundation for future miniaturized BIOENERGY devices with potential appli­cations predominantly in medical diagnostics