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Department of Biochemistry

BEST Overview

The Bio Electrochemical System Tour (BEST) aims to be vehicle for visiting potential partners and promote the fundamental aspects and practical applications of the bioelectrochemical systems. By delivering customised presentations, I aim to stimulate the development of unexplored ideas where bioelectrochemistry can be combined with other technologies. The list of my meetings will be shown in the web-pages "Commercial Partners", "Academic Partners" and "Outreach".

The BEST has begun from Cambridge (UK) on Thursday 21st of February. In the web-page "Travel Route" you will find the details for the visited locations and organisations.

The tour will be accomplished by travelling by bus, ferry and train, avoiding airplane (if possible) as I am travelling with a fully operational bioelectrochemical system operating with cyanobacteria (Synechocystis 6803 wt). In the web-page "Device Electrical Output" the actual prototype is shown. With a bit of luck (!), the device will be running throughout the tour. I intend to monitor and record the electrical output of this prototype and upload the data (the first polarisation and power curves are already posted).

Daily updates will be available on my Tweeter account




Many thanks to BBSRC and Cambridge Global Food Security for supporting this initiative.

Contact Details

Dr Paolo Bombelli


Department of Biochemistry
University of Cambridge
Hopkins Building
Downing Site
Cambridge CB2 1QW
United Kingdom