Self-Powered Biohybrid Systems Based on Organic Materials for Sustainable Biosynthesis

ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2023 Nov 4. doi: 10.1021/acsami.3c12400. Online ahead of print.


Sustainable energy conversion and effective biosynthesis for value-added chemicals have attracted considerable attention, but most biosynthesis systems cannot work independently without external power. In this work, a self-powered biohybrid system based on organic materials is designed and constructed successfully by integrating electroactive microorganisms with electrochemical devices. Among them, the hybrid living materials based on S. oneidensis/poly[3-(3'-N,N,N-triethylamino-1'-propyloxy)-4-methyl-2,5-thiophene chloride] (PMNT) biofilms for microbial fuel cells played a crucial role in electrocatalytic biocurrent generation by using biowaste as the only energy source. Without any external power supplies, the self-powered biohybrid systems could generate, convert, and store electrical energy for effective photosynthetic regulation and sustained chemical production. This work provides a new strategy to combine comprehensive renewable energy production with chemical manufacturing without an external power source in the future.

Keywords: CO2 fixation; biohybrid systems; photosynthetic regulation; self-powered systems; sustained chemical production.

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