Bacteria-Powered Batteries

Seokheun “Sean” Choi
Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
State University of New York (SUNY)-Binghamton
Wed, December 08, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Bacteria-powered batteries are a new energy solution for disposable low-power applications. The biobatteries generate electricity from a broad diversity of biomass and organic substrates through microbial metabolism. His group pioneered these bacteria-powered batteries and initiated the field of disposable bioenergy. In this talk, he will present many innovative biobatteries that his research group recently developed including paper-based biobatteries, wearable biobatteries, and implantable biobatteries. Details of the frontier of research to improve the performance of the biobatteries will be discussed, followed by a critical perspective on strategic future directions.

Seokheun “Sean” Choi is a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at State University of New York (SUNY)-Binghamton. Currently, he is running “Bioelectronics & Microsystems Lab” and “Center for Research in Advanced Sensing Technologies & Environmental Sustainability” as a Director. Prior to joining SUNY-Binghamton, he was a research professor in the School of Electronic & Computing Systems at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Ph.D. degree in bioelectronics from Arizona State University in 2011. His current research focuses on next generation “Biosensing and Bioenergy technologies,” including self-powered biosensors, wearable and stretchable sensors, biobatteries, papertronics, and fibertronics. He has been recognized as a pioneer in biobatteries and papertronics. Over the years, he has secured funding over $4 million from NSF, ONR, and SUNY Research Foundation. He has authored over 150 journal and conference articles, two book chapters, and one book, and hold two U.S. patents.