An Air-breathing Carbon Cloth-based Screen-printed Electrode for Applications in Enzymatic Biofuel Cells

Marković, N. and Conzuelo, F. and Szczesny, J. and González García, M.B. and Hernández Santos, D. and Ruff, A. and Schuhmann, W.

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DOI: 10.1002/elan.201800462
Published: 2018

We report a prototype air-breathing carbon cloth-based electrode that was fabricated starting from a commercially available screen-printed electrode equipped with a transparent ITO working electrode (DropSens, ref. ITO10). The fabrication of the air-breathing electrodes is straightforward, shows satisfactory reproducibility and a good electrochemical response as evaluated by means of [Fe(CN)6]3−/4− voltammetry. The gas-diffusion electrodes were successfully modified with the O2 reducing enzyme bilirubin oxidase from Myrothecium verrucaria in a direct electron transfer regime. The enzyme modified electrodes showed a remarkable high current density for O2 reduction in passive air-breathing mode of up to 5 mA cm−2. Moreover, the enzyme modified electrodes were applied as O2 reducing biocathodes in a glucose/air enzymatic biofuel cell in combination with a high current density glucose oxidase/redox polymer bioanode. The biofuel cell provides a high maximum power density of (0.34±0.02) mW cm−2 at 0.25 V. The straightforward design, low cost and the high reproducibility of these electrodes are considered as basis for standardized measurements under gas-breathing conditions and for high throughput screening of gas converting (bio-)catalysts. © 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

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