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2019-02-22 (Friday) - University of Southampton                     (Southampton, UK) 

Meeting attendees

  • Antony Lindley
  • Dr. Peter Glynne-Jones
  • Dr Paolo Bombelli
  • Several colleagues and students 

I first delivered a departmental seminar, then Mr. Lindley and Dr. Clynne-Jones have shown me their first prototype of microfluidic imaging system for the analysis of algae and other phytoplankton using a novel ultrasonic technology. I look forward to see more of this technology in the near future.University of Southampton



2019-03-01 (Friday) - IAAC                                                               

 (Barcelona, Spain)

Meeting attendees

  • Dr Chiara Farina (IAAC)
  • Mohamad Elatad (IAAC)
  • Guillem Camprodon (IAAC)
  • Dr Paolo Bombelli 

First, the BPV/BES technology has been presented to the students of the IAAC.

 IAAC meeting


Then, we have discussed about integrating the BPV/BES technology with the Smart Citizen Kit. The Smart Citizen is a platform which was founded by Tomas Diez (IAAC, Fab Lab Barcelona) and Alex Posada (MID, Hangar) for having citizens as part of social experiment in urban areas. The objective of the Smart Citizen platform is to serve as a node for building productive and open indicators and distributed tools. The project is in a constant expansion with more than 1000 kits around the world.

During my meeting we have discussed about the possibility to have a BPV system for powering a Smart City Kit. Further discussion is ongoing to define the minimum power requirement for running a simple Smart City Kit with limited data transferring.



2019-03-05 (Tuesday) - MCI, the Entrepreneurial School

(Innsbruck, Austria)

 Meeting attendees

  • Prof. Christoph Griesbeck (MCI)
  • Dr Paolo Bombelli

In this bilateral meeting I have discussed with Prof Griesbeck the potential of BPV/BES systems (e.g., generation of electrical energy, tool to instigate the cellular metabolism and tool to change to cellular metabolism). In exchange, Prof Griesbeck has shared with me his interests for the production of high value products (for pharmaceutical and cosmetic uses) based on algae platforms. He also has access to a rare collection of alpine algae which could have a great bio-technological potentials.

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2019-03-06 (Wednesday) - University of Padova                   

(Padova, Italy) 

Meeting attendees

  • Prof. Marcella Bonchio (University of Padova)
  • Prof Tomas Morosinotto (University of Padova)
  • Dr Paolo Bombelli

With Prof Bonchio we have discussed the characteristics of inorganic systems for water splitting (polyoxo metallate with ruthenium – Ru-POM) and associated antenna. Our discussion was focused on the possibility to associate the Ru-POM with biological components. With Prof Morosinotto we have discussed the possibility to test some of his algal strains into the bio electrochemical system, especially those able to form a strong biofilm due the extracellular matrix.

Padoa Bonchio



2019-03-15 (Friday) - University of Bari                  

(Bari, Italy) 

Meeting attendees

  • Dr Massimo Trotta (University of Bari)
  • Dr Francesco Milano (University of Bari)
  • Prof Gianuca Farinola (University of Bari)
  • Prof Cosma Pinalysa (University of Bari)
  • Dr Paolo Bombelli

Dr. Trotta and Dr Milano both collaborate on projects for developing bioelectrochemical systems using photosynthetic non-oxygenic bacteria. Our discussing was based on possible collaboration for combining the oxygenic and non-oxygenic organisms in a novel BES device.

Prof Cosma leads a project of for wastewater treatment named Life Clean Up in conjuction with several European partners In this project the cyclodestrins are used as encapsulation agents for dyes coming from textile processes. More details in the following link:

Prof Farinola and his group develop new multifunctional molecular, polymeric and supramolecular photo/electro active architectures for applications ranging from organic photonics and electronics to biology. Based on that, we have discussed the idea to dope  the silica shell structure of diatoms with electric conductive elements to be used as an anodic electrode for BES application.

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2019-03-19 (Tuesday) - University of Tirana                                          (Tirana, Albania

Meeting attendees

  • Prof Aleko Miho
  • Dr Paolo Bombelli
  • Several colleagues and students 

I first delivered a departmental seminar at the Department of Biology, explaining the theory on which photosynthetic-BESs operate. Then, I delivered a practical demonstration for performing on the BEST device a polarisation by using external resistors and a digital voltmeter. Finally, with Prof Miho and two master students we took samples from the four units of the BEST device (CH1n.c., CH2, CH3 and CH4) to check under an optical microscope the cellular composition of the cell suspension.   


Contact Details

Dr Paolo Bombelli


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