Energy that is harvested from the environment offers alternative means of supplying micro systems with power that are independent of cables and batteries. This is of particular interest for micro systems designed to be implanted in the body.
Research student Uyen Phuong Do is working on a Ph.D. project that aims to develop an outer porous cathode that separates oxygen from glucose before the glucose is oxidised at the anode. This has resulted in a spin out project in which Master student Trinh Hoang is focusing on improving the glucose catalysing properties of the anode used in the fuel cell. Finally, a group of 3 bachelor students have been given the challenging task of combining the anode and cathode into a complete fuel cell unit.
- The students are complementing each other in a unique way, Associate Professor Erik Johannessen explains – This project gives a brilliant example of how candidates at both the bachelor, master and PhD level are able to work together on the same project at the same time.
Other researchers at IMST are developing devices to harvest energy from movement and from vibrations. This project aims at harvesting energy from the glucose present in your blood.
- Uyen started her Ph.D. project two years ago and established her research on the glucose fuel cell within Department of Micro and Nano Systems Technology (IMST). This paved the way for new avenues to be explored making it possible for other students to complement her research.
Master student Trinh has been engaged to look at one particular part of the system, namely the anode.
- We have found that an amalgamation of nickel and platinum is among the best materials, and the challenge is to develop a small device with as large a surface area as possible, Trinh explains.
The bachelor students Jon Borgersen, Eskil Olsen and Sindre Søpstad are exploring the use of the cathode from the Ph.D. project and the anode from the Master project into a unique design of their own that may assess how well the system works together.
- All the three projects are clearly identifiable and the results from each project will benefit them all, Johannessen explains.
He underlines that this way of working together implies many advantages. The students form a community that share common interest and offers support and help resolving challenges that may arise.
Students with different scientific backgrounds learn to communicate with each other – an asset that is especially important in the cross disciplinary field of BioMEMS. It also forms a chain of awareness between the Bachelor, Master and PhD level that may promote an interest among undergraduate students to continue in the graduate programme offered by IMST.
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