Navigation Links
Bad Virus Put to Good Use: Breakthrough Batteries
Date:12/6/2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Viruses have a bad rep—and rightly so. The ability of a virus to quickly and precisely replicate itself makes it a destructive scourge to animals and plants alike. Now an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, brought together by Professor Reza Ghodssi, is turning the tables, harnessing and exploiting the "self-renewing" and "self-assembling" properties of viruses for a higher purpose: to build a new generation of small, powerful and highly efficient batteries and fuel cells.

The rigid, rod-shaped Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), which under an electron microscope looks like uncooked spaghetti, is a well-known and widespread plant virus that devastates tobacco, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetation. But in the lab, engineers have discovered that they can harness the characteristics of TMV to build tiny components for the lithium ion batteries of the future. They can modify the TMV rods to bind perpendicularly to the metallic surface of a battery electrode and arrange the rods in intricate and orderly patterns on the electrode. Then, they coat the rods with a conductive thin film that acts as a current collector and finally the battery's active material that participates in the electrochemical reactions.

As a result, the researchers can greatly increase the electrode surface area and its capacity to store energy and enable fast charge/discharge times. TMV becomes inert during the manufacturing process; the resulting batteries do not transmit the virus. The new batteries, however, have up to a 10-fold increase in energy capacity over a standard lithium ion battery.

"The resulting batteries are a leap forward in many ways and will be ideal for use not only in small electronic devices but in novel applications that have been limited so far by the size of the req
'/>"/>

SOURCE A. James Clark School of Engineering
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Related biology technology :

1. Integrated BioTherapeutics Awarded NIAID Contract For Up to $65 Million for Development of a Vaccine against Ebola and Marburg Viruses
2. Oncolytics Biotech Inc. Collaborators Present Reovirus and Melanoma Research at EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium
3. A New Way to Predict Outbreaks: Replikin Peptide Concentration in H5N1 Influenza Virus Genome as a Marker for Lethal Outbreaks
4. Mexican Department of Public Health to Launch Screening for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cause of Cervical Cancer
5. Virginia Tech researchers discover how mosquitoes avoid succumbing to viruses they transmit
6. NOVAVAX and the University of Massachusetts Medical School Announce Preclinical Study Results for a Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine Candidate
7. Nature Medicine study shows Peregrines bavituximab can cure lethal virus infections
8. Novavax and Vivalis Sign a Research License Agreement to Use the EB66(R) Cell Line for the Production of Virus Like Particle Based Vaccines
9. Vaccine Against the Chikungunya Virus in Development by a Public-Private Partnership
10. ImQuest Presents IND-Enabling Safety Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetic Data for the Therapeutic HIV Compound IQP-0410 at Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
11. Hepatitis C Virus Patient Opportunity Exists Within Many of the Major U.S. Local Markets
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/19/2014)... OR and Hershey, PA (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 ... Pink: BJCT), a leading developer and manufacturer of ... entered into an agreement with Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. ... Biojector®-2000 needle-free injection device with its LAMP™ vaccine ... an option for an exclusive Worldwide license to ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... MA (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 Charm ... MRLAFMQ test for the Detection of Aflatoxin M1 in ... to receive independent third party validation. The peer reviewed ... Unit of the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research ... Group. , Aflatoxin B1, the most toxic aflatoxin ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy (BioPlus), ... promotion of Nick Maroulis, Pharm.D. to the newly created ... , In this position, Dr. Maroulis will continue to ... directors of our multi-site pharmacies as the company expands. ... during that time he has served in many different ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... EVANSTON, Ill. , Dec. 19, 2014 ... to develop novel drugs for diseases of the central ... Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, will present at ... Dr. Riedel,s presentation will take place at 3:00 p.m. ... St. Francis in San Francisco, Calif. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Bioject and Immunomic Therapeutics Enter into an Agreement for License of Needle-Free Technology for LAMP-vax Vaccines 2Bioject and Immunomic Therapeutics Enter into an Agreement for License of Needle-Free Technology for LAMP-vax Vaccines 3Charm Sciences Achieves Independent Validation of First 15 Minute Quantitative Screening Method for Aflatoxin M1 2BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Promotes Dr. Nick Maroulis to Vice President of Specialty Pharmacy Services 2Naurex to Present at 33rd Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference 2
... non-profit arm the SBC Foundation, has given $285,500 in ... Milwaukee has reported. , ,Twenty-four organizations that ... received money to help them use more technology. The ... which typically gives from $2,500 to $25,000 per organization. ...
... secretary of Wisconsins Department of Commerce, said on Friday that he ... partner in the law firm Quarles & Bradys Milwaukee office. , ... two years. He will be returning to the firm he worked ... deal from Governor Doyle as a leader, a boss, and a ...
... Having judged last years a success, the Wisconsin ... the second annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest ... businesses will submit 250-word business proposals within one of ... business services. The proposals will be accepted until January ...
Cached Biology Technology:Secretary Nettles leaving Commerce for law practice 2Secretary Nettles leaving Commerce for law practice 3Governors business-plan competition starts another round 2Governors business-plan competition starts another round 3
(Date:12/19/2014)... Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8kmfcn/iphone_5s ... "iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor - Apple/AuthenTec TMDR92 & ... offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ... July 2012, Apple introduced the fingerprint reading feature ... only device of Apple incorporating such a feature, ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... --Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/86ncd6/micro_market ) has ... North America Perimeter Security Systems Market" report to ... The North American perimeter security market is ... 2014 to 2019. Although the U.S. market holds a ... is expected to grow at a higher CAGR ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... , Dec. 18, 2014  23andMe, Inc., the leading ... study that pinpoints fine-scale differences in genetic ancestry of ... . Since immigrants first arrived more than ... has served as a meeting place for ... history and the ongoing mixing of peoples with African, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor - Apple/AuthenTec TMDR92 & Sapphire - Technology Report 2Micro Market Monitor: North America Perimeter Security Systems Market (Intrusion Detection Sensor, Video Surveillance, Communication/Alarm and Notification, Access Control System) 2Micro Market Monitor: North America Perimeter Security Systems Market (Intrusion Detection Sensor, Video Surveillance, Communication/Alarm and Notification, Access Control System) 323andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 223andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 323andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 4
... , Sept. 4, 2013  Rapid growth in microRNA (miRNA) ... its diagnostic and therapeutic potential, has fuelled development ... Of the various miRNA technologies, which include quantitative ... functional tools, qRT PCR remains the fastest-growing, while ...
... . Families of thousands of victims of ... appropriate punishment, because of a suite of technologies able ... graves, perhaps hundreds of thousands remain undiscovered. Researchers at ... Ridge National Laboratory are developing a method to discover ...
... pleased to announce that the 2014 HFSP Nakasone Award ... Institute of Science for his pioneering work in discovering ... single most important foundation of the field of systems ... of genetic circuits to systematic analysis and understanding. ...
Cached Biology News:Frost & Sullivan: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Potential of microRNAs Stimulate Need for More Research Tools 2Frost & Sullivan: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Potential of microRNAs Stimulate Need for More Research Tools 3Frost & Sullivan: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Potential of microRNAs Stimulate Need for More Research Tools 4September 2013 story tips 2September 2013 story tips 3The 2014 HFSP Nakasone Award goes to Uri Alon 2
... The SPD101B is a no-frills, basic SpeedVac ... Although economically priced, this unit still features ... a digitial display of time and heat. ... samples and accepts a wide variety of ...
Digital display of time, vacuum and temperature , Dual vacuum control of ramping rate and ultimate level , Comes complete with RH40-12 (40 x 1.5 ml) Rotor and (2) Glass Condensation Flasks. ...
... The DNA120 is a dedicated concentrator for ... precipitates of DNA/RNA. The integrated system combines ... pump. The compact design, automatic pump and ... run time; one for heater time), makes ...
For absolute protein quantification. 4 peptides in 5 vials x 2 nmol per peptide...
Biology Products: