October 6, 2008

Tiny power source modeled on eel cells

Make artificial versions of electric eel cells and you have a power source for medical implants and other small electronic devices.

An artificial cell designed using a mathematical model of the nanoscale conductors in electric eels' electricity-producing cells is more powerful and more efficient than the biological original.

The artificial cells could power medical implants and micromachines.

Research paper:
Designing Artificial Cells to Harness the Biological Ion Concentration Gradient
Nature Nanotechnology, published online September 21, 2008

Researcher's homepage:
Jian Xu

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