Russian scientists are developing a method of obtaining electricity from glucose in human blood. It can be used to ensure the smooth operation of pacemakers, Izvestia writes . In the laboratory, models of fragments of the circulatory system were created, into which a biofuel element with a size of about 5 cm was placed.
Researchers managed to obtain an electric current with a power of 15 to 40 microwatts. According to Pavel Gotovtsev, Deputy Head of the Department of Biotechnology and Bioenergy of the NBICS complex of the Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, this is enough to ensure the operation of a modern pacemaker without any unpleasant sensations for the patient.
Scientists of the “Kurchatov Institute” are developing a method of obtaining electricity from glucose in the human blood to ensure the smooth operation of pacemakers. This was reported to the Deputy Head of the Department of Biotechnology and Bioenergy of the complex of NBIKS-technologies of the Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” Pavel Gotovtsev.
The battery includes a system with two electrodes and biocatalysts. When the glucose is decomposed at the anode, free electrons are formed, which move along the chain to the cathode. Positively charged hydrogen atoms are also directed to the cathode through the membrane. There they receive lost electrons and react with oxygen to form water.
It is assumed that the patient will perform one operation, after which the pacemaker will be operated for life, remaining in the body. Scientists plan to test the new technology on animals.