Journal article

Marine phototrophic consortia transfer electrons to electrodes in response to reductive stress

Libertus Darus, Pablo Ledezma, Juerg Keller, Stefano Freguia



This work studies how extracellular electron transfer (EET) from cyanobacteria-dominated marine microbial biofilms to solid electrodes is affected by the availability of inorganic carbon (Ci). The EET was recorded chronoamperometrically in the form of electrical current by a potentiostat in two identical photo-electrochemical cells using carbon electrodes poised at a potential of +0.6 V versus standard hydrogen electrode under 12/12 h illumination/dark cycles. The Ci was supplied by the addition of NaHCO3 to the medium and/or by sparging CO2 gas. At high Ci conditions, EET from the microbial biofilm to the electrodes was observed only during the dark phase, indicating the occurrence of a for..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC DE130101168). Libertus Darus was supported by the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE) of Indonesia and ARC DP120104415. Pablo Ledezma is supported by ARC DP120104415. Stefano Freguia is supported by the fellowship ARC DE130101168. The authors would furthermore like to thank Markus Fluggen for technical support, Beatrice Keller-Lehmann and Nathan Clayton for analytical support.