Quo Vadis, Implanted Fuel Cell?

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Publication Article, review peer-reviewed scientific
Title Quo Vadis, Implanted Fuel Cell?
Author Shleev, Sergey
Research Centre Biofilms - Research Center for Biointerfaces
Date 2017
English abstract
The road to safe and effective implantable electrical power devices has been long-and the goal has not been reached yet, although a certain amount of scientific and technological progress has been made. This brief review is focused on highlighting the stages of development of implanted fuel cells capable of providing electrical power for running implanted "personal electronics". The paper starts with early efforts to implant glucose-burning fuel cells in dogs, and ends with realistic attempts at interfacing a more sophisticated enzymatic glucose/oxygen fuel cell in an actual human blood stream. However, before that, the review deals with thermodynamic aspects of fuel cells, emphasizing the general advantages of these devices. Further steps, which are needed to realize the potential of this technology and which somehow differ from generally accepted ideas, are presented. These next steps are evaluated in the context of theoretically achievable abilities of implantable chemical power sources, which are not as great as many researchers might expect.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/cplu.201600536 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue ChemPlusChem;4
Volume 82
ISSN 2192-6506
Pages 522-539
Language eng (iso)
Subject biocatalysts
cathodes
fuel cells
implanted medical devices
oxygen
Sciences
Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/23589 Permalink to this page
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