3D-Bioprinted Device Inspired by Eels Will Generate 110 Volts

Published by , February 23, 2018 1:57 pm

(All3DP) Researchers at the University of Fribourg’s Adolphe Merkle Institute used a 3D bioprinter to create a device which reached 110 volts from hydrogels. The system was inspired by the electric eel and is capable of delivering 110 volts of electricity. It has potential to become a soft power source which draws on a biological system’s chemical energy.
The research group, led by graduate student Anirvan Guha, worked together to stack hydrogels full of varying strengths of salt water. Guhu explains that this work will hopefully help develop power sources for implantable devices in the future. This could work by offering a soft power source which can draw on a biological system’s chemical energy. Guha said that such devices will be able to “utilize the gradients that already exist within the human body. Then you may be able to create a battery which continuously recharges itself, because these ionic gradients are constantly being re-established within the body.”

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