Conjugated oligoelectrolytes increase power generation in E. coli microbial fuel cells. Academic Article uri icon


  • A series of conjugated oligoelectrolytes with structural variations is used to stain E. coli. By taking advantage of a high-throughput screening platform that incorporates gold anodes, it is found that MFCs with COE-modified E. coli generate significantly higher power densities, relative to unmodified E. coli. These findings highlight the potential of using water-soluble molecules inspired by the work on organic semiconductors to improve electrode/microbe interfaces.

published proceedings

  • Adv Mater

altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Hou, H., Chen, X., Thomas, A. W., Catania, C., Kirchhofer, N. D., Garner, L. E., Han, A., & Bazan, G. C.

citation count

  • 75

complete list of authors

  • Hou, Huijie||Chen, Xiaofen||Thomas, Alexander W||Catania, Chelsea||Kirchhofer, Nathan D||Garner, Logan E||Han, Arum||Bazan, Guillermo C

publication date

  • March 2013