Light-dependent photocurrent generation: Novel electrochemical communication between biofilm and electrode by ferrocene cored Poly(amidoamine) dendrimers

Cevik E., Titiz M., Senel M.

ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, vol.291, pp.41-48, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 291
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.electacta.2018.08.108
  • Title of Journal : ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA
  • Page Numbers: pp.41-48


In this study, ferrocene (Fc) cored polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer generations were used as a mediator to produce photo-current by providing electrochemical communication between photosynthetic microorganisms and electrode. Photosynthetic microorganisms (PM) (algae and cyanobacteria mixture) were attached to the graphite electrode surface and photocurrent generation was demonstrated. A photocurrent density of 0.033 mu A cm(-2) was obtained by direct electron transfer of PM to the electrode without using any mediator. FcPAMAM structures with different redox potentials successfully interconnected the electrode and PM, resulting in a photocurrent density of 1.18 mu A cm(-2). Two different water-soluble mediators, p-benzoquinone and hexacyanoferrate (III), were used to accelerate photocurrent through the reaction center and the photocurrent density was raised to 11.89 mu A cm(-2). Superoxide dismutase (SoD) and catalase (Cat) enzymes have been successfully used to remove reactive organic species (ROS) from the reaction center and further increase in photocurrent density was reached up to 20.04 mu A cm(-2). (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.