Gallery: Scientists Find That Bacteria-Based Nanowires Could Lead to Na...


Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered that a type of bacteria, originally found in 1987 in the Potomac River, could be the key to developing non-chemical based, all-natural nanotechnology. The bacterium, geobacter sulfurreducens, has been found to have microbial nanowires with long-distance electron transport capabilities that are as efficient as synthetic metallic nanowire structures which can transport thousands of times farther than the bacterium’s length. This discovery could lead to non-toxic biosensors, solid-state electronics that work in tandem with biological systems and possibly even electronics that function while submerged in water.

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