RESEARCH SCHOLAR, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, KHARAGPUR
To develop a portable device that can harness electricity using the photosynthesis of cyanobacteria
Photosynthesis is the fundamental biological process that can capture the solar energy. Primitive cyanobacteria play a profound role in converting this to chemical energy generating oxygen. With an ability to sequester carbon-dioxide and grow in wastewater, these organisms have a much higher growth rate as compared to plants. Reports suggest that some cyanobacteria have a capability of extracellular electron transfer. Hence, I am developing a device that can capture these electrons and convert light energy directly into electricity by employing the photosynthetic entity, cyanobacteria. These systems can find application as portable bio-solar cells generating power from solar energy besides sequestering the carbon-dioxide. Since they are grown in wastewater using carbon dioxide as the source of energy, they help in eradicating both water and air pollution.