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Dr. Le Quynh Hoa, Dr. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Dr. Masato Saito, Prof. Dr. Mitsuyoshi Ueda, Prof. Dr. Toshiyuki Shibata and Prof. Dr. Eiichi Tamiya Direct Energy Extraction from Brown Macroalgae-Derived Alginate by Gold Nanoparticles on Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes ChemCatChem 6

Article first published online: 18 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201300531

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If you can't eat them, oxidize them! In contrast to currently employed alginate-metabolizing microbial approaches, we extract energy and valuable chemicals from inedible macroalgae through a fuel cell system that exploits the direct electrochemical oxidation of alginate by gold nanoparticle-decorated functionalized carbon nanotubes without any external input of energy.

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