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Production of electrical energy from carbohydrates using a transition metal-catalysed liquid alkaline fuel cell

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McGinley, J, McHale, FN, Hughes, P, Reid, CN and McHale, Anthony (2004) Production of electrical energy from carbohydrates using a transition metal-catalysed liquid alkaline fuel cell. BIOTECHNOLOGY LETTERS, 26 (23). pp. 1771-1776. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Biomass may be converted to energy by enzymatic hydrolysis to monomer components and fermentative conversion of those products to ethanol for use as fuel. Both glucose and xylose in aqueous solution were directly converted to electrical energy using a liquid alkaline fuel cell (AFC) at room temperature. Hydrolysis products derived from the action of cellulase and amylase on cellulose and starch, respectively, were also used as fuels in the AFC system. We suggest that this approach may provide a more direct means of accessing some of the energy available from biomass.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Pharmaceutical Science and Practice
ID Code:3987
Deposited By:Professor Anthony McHale
Deposited On:18 Dec 2009 11:40
Last Modified:04 Dec 2012 11:25

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