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Room-temperature DNA-catalyzed hydrogen fuel cell

Authors
  • Lai, Wen-Bing1
  • Huang, Jyun-Lin1
  • Liao, Chungpin2, 1
  • Yeh, Li-Shen1
  • 1 Advanced Research and Business Laboratory (ARBL), Taichung, 407, Taiwan, ROC , Taichung (Taiwan)
  • 2 National Formosa University (NFU), Graduate School of Electro-optic and Materials Science, Huwei, 632, Taiwan, ROC , Huwei (Taiwan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Optical and Quantum Electronics
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Oct 06, 2016
Volume
48
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11082-016-0749-x
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Yellow

Abstract

Motivated by previous experiences in identifying active reaction zones on plant pheophytins of the so-called semi-derivative morphology, for the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen gas, this current research aimed for similarly suggestive sites within DNA base pairs which exist in all living matters. Verified by the 1st-principle quantum mechanical simulations and subsequent wet and dry hydrogen fuel cell experiments, the feasibility of room-temperature DNA-catalyzed hydrogen oxidation reaction was unambiguously established. This implies that very low-cost DNA-catalyzed fuel cells, which contain no expensive, CO-sensitive platinum on the negative electrode side, can be put to work under room condition and thus might be practically available in every household in the very near future.

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