Hybrid Bio-Inspired Hydrogels (Energy Harvesting)

Objective

  • Develop bio-inspired hybrid polymer hydrogel electrode for hydrogen evolution
  • Create flexible electrodes incorporated with membrane proteins
  • Develop 3D printable hydrogel for easy fabrication into desired shapes and size

Impact

  • This technology enables the development of bio-inspired hydrogel electrodes for generating electricity via renewable resource
  • Commercial potential of bacteriorhodopsin hydrogel for hydrogen production
  • Increased efficiency and ease of fabrication with a reduced cost when compared to current platinum electrode technology

Key Milestones

  • Fabricate 3D printed hybrid hydrogel electrode
  • Determine the hydrogen generation efficiency
  • Optimize the hydrogen generation and water permeation of hydrogels
  • Determine economic and commercial viability