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Inside Cover: In Situ Fuel Processing in a Microbial Fuel Cell (ChemSusChem 9/2012)

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  • Karnit Bahartan,

    1. The Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren, Department of Biotechnology Engineering and the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P. O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva 84105 (Israel), Fax: (+972) 8-6479576
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  • Liron Amir,

    1. The Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren, Department of Biotechnology Engineering and the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P. O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva 84105 (Israel), Fax: (+972) 8-6479576
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  • Dr. Alvaro Israel,

    1. Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, The National Institute of Oceanography, Tel-Shikmona, P.O. Box 8030, Haifa 31080 (Israel)
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  • Dr. Rachel G. Lichtenstein,

    1. The Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren, Department of Biotechnology Engineering and the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P. O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva 84105 (Israel), Fax: (+972) 8-6479576
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  • Dr. Lital Alfonta

    Corresponding author
    1. The Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren, Department of Biotechnology Engineering and the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P. O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva 84105 (Israel), Fax: (+972) 8-6479576
    • The Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren, Department of Biotechnology Engineering and the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P. O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva 84105 (Israel), Fax: (+972) 8-6479576
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Abstract

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The inside cover picture shows a microbial fuel cell system for the digest of starch from macro-algae as a source for glucose that is subsequently oxidized to produce electricity. This simple proof-of-concept demonstrated by the group of L. Alfonta et al. on page 1820 ff. may be used for the digest of other complex sugars without the need for the potential fuel to cross the cellular membrane of the microorganism nor for the microorganism to secrete digestive enzymes to the bulk of the solution. Moreover, it demonstrates the potential of macroalgae as a cost effective source of fuel, upon the digest of its starch, cellulose and hemicellulose content.

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