Scott Calabrese Barton recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award

Year: 
2006

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The mission of this CAREER program is (1) the creation of electrode structures that enhance the reactivity and stability of enzyme bioelectrocatalysts as implemented in high power-density biofuel cells, and (2) the integration of these and other fuel-cell devices into a broad spectrum of education and outreach to promote concepts of engineering product design and new energy systems in communities, schools, and universities. Biocatalytic fuel cell technology has the potential to provide electrical power in conditions where conventional fuel cell and battery technologies fail. While key characteristics of redox enzymes, including selectivity and room temperature activity can be exploited in, for example, physiologically implantable fuel cells, implementation of current biofuel cells is hindered by low catalytic activity and low stability of biocatalytic electrodes. This program addresses both of these issues.

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Award Description: 
CAREER: Transport and Stability in Biocatalytic Fuel Cells
Department: 
Chemical Engineering & Materials Science