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Metallization of bacterial cellulose for electrical and electronic device manufacture

United States Patent

January 17, 2006
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The employment of metallized bacterial cellulose in the construction of fuel cells and other electronic devices is disclosed. The fuel cell includes an electrolyte membrane comprising a membrane support structure comprising bacterial cellulose, an anode disposed on one side of the electrolyte membrane, and a cathode disposed on an opposite side of the electrolyte membrane. At least one of the anode and the cathode comprises an electrode support structure comprising bacterial cellulose, and a catalyst disposed in or on the electrode support structure.
Evans; Barbara R. (Oak Ridge, TN), O'Neill; Hugh M. (Knoxville, TN), Jansen; Valerie Malyvanh (Memphis, TN), Woodward; Jonathan (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
10/ 017,202
December 14, 2001
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded to UT-Battelle, LLC, by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.