In an unprecedented event, scientists from a different portion of the world including some Indian origin have created a bionic device that generates green power by 3D-printing clusters of cyanobacteria on an ordinary white button mushroom.
This research was a part of their constant effort to understand the border aspect of cell biological machinery and by using these intricate molecule gears and levers to develop new technologies of healthcare, defense, and environment sustainable development.
The researchers took an ordinary white button mushroom from an ordinary grocery store and made it bionic, supercharging with clusters that can create electricity and swirls of graphene nanoribbons can collect the electricity.
“In this case, our system-this Bionic Mushroom- can produce electricity,” said by Manu Mannoor, an assistant professor from Steven in a statement.
“By integrating cyanobacteria which can produce electricity, with nanoscale materials capable of collecting the current, we were able to better access the unique properties of both, augment them, and create an entirely new functional bionic system,” Manu added.
Cyanobacteria’s ability has well known to researchers because of their electricity producing capabilities but their survive capabilities are not long on artificial Bio-Compatible surfaces.
But in this case, with integrating with nanoscale material that capable of collecting current, brought the much-awaited success.
Mannoor and Sudeep Joshi, involved in this project, shared further that white button mushroom could provide nutrients, moisture, pH for cyanobacteria to produce electricity for a longer period. And also providing comparable more longevity of cyanobacteria than those implement in silicon and deed mushroom.
“These mushroom essentially serve as a suitable environment substrate with the advanced functionality of nursing the energy-producing cyanobacteria”, said Joshi.
“We showed for the first time that a hybrid system can incorporate an artificial collaboration or engineered symbiosis between two different micro-biological kingdoms,” he said.
Robotic arm based 3D printer to first print an ” electronic Ink ” which is to be placed atop the mushroom’s cap, acts like a nano-probe and access the generated electricity inside the cyanobacteria cells.
“With this kind of work, we can visualize enormous opportunities for next-generation bio hybrid. applications. For example, some bacteria can glow, while other sense toxins or produce fuel” Mannoor said.
Mannoor added, “By seamlessly integrating these microbes with nanomaterials, we could potentially realize many other amazing designer bio-hybrids for the environment, defense, healthcare, and many other fields,”.
With these type of research can generate more growth to sustainable energy bioresearch near future and keeps hopes alive for a better world.
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