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A surface mountable glucose fuel cell for medical implants

Kerzenmacher, S. and Sumbharaju, R. and Ducrée, Jens and Zengerle, Roland and von Stetten, F. (2007) A surface mountable glucose fuel cell for medical implants. In: TRANSDUCERS 2007 - International Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference, 10-14 June 2007, Lyon, France. ISBN 1-4244-0842-3

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We present an enzymeless, surface mountable glucose fuel cell based on abiotic catalysts. The device is intended as an energy harvesting implantable power supply for low power medical implants and sensors. After 50 days of operation in physiological glucose solution the fuel cell exhibited a stable performance of 1.1 muW/cm2. The demonstrated lifetime of our glucose fuel cell therefore already exceeds the maximum lifetime reported for devices based on enzymatic catalysts. This renders the concept a promising approach for the development of autonomous and sustainable power supply systems for long- term medical implants.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:fuel cells; prosthetic power supplies; surface mount technology;
Subjects:Biological Sciences > Microfluidics
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI)
Published in:TRANSDUCERS 2007 - International Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference. . Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. ISBN 1-4244-0842-3
Publisher:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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Copyright Information:©2007 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
ID Code:15469
Deposited On:14 Jul 2010 14:29 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 10 Oct 2016 15:41

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