Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1972

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Botany

Abstract

One of the newest areas of biological research, bioelectrochemistry, involves the production of electrical energy through the action of an enzymatic catalyst on a specific substrate. Previous research in the field of bioelectrbchemistry has led to controversy concerning the mechanisms of microbial (enzymatic) activity for power production. It is the purpose of this study to demonstrate whether particular microorganisms or their associated enzyme fractions are indeed responsible for the electrical activity observed in a biochemical fuel cell (BFC). The microorganisms and their associated enzyme systems utilized in this study are as follows: 1. Asperqillus niger - glucose oxidase (1.1.3.4 B-D-Glucose: oxygen oxidoreductase), 2. Desulphovibrio desulohuricans - hydrogenase (1.12.1.1 hydrogen: ferrodoxin oxidoreductase), 3. Micrococcus ureae - urease (3.5.1.5 urea amidohydrolase). A flow diagram is given for each bacterial system (Figures 1, 2, and 3). The various areas of research within each system are numbered as test Modes for reference.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Fuel cells
Biochemistry

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

89

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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