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Agents for enhanced charge transport across microbial membranes

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The invention provides molecules useful for enhancing charge transport across membranes, such as electron transport across membranes, and methods of using such molecules, for example in improving the performance of a microbial fuel cell or in staining microbes for observation. The amphiphilic molecule comprises a conjugated core with hydrophilic groups on either end. The amphiphilic molecule inserts into the membrane of a microbe and facilitates charge transfer across the membrane of the microbe.

Inventors: 
Bazan, Guillermo C.; Garner, Logan E.; Sumner, James J.
Patent Number: 
Technical domain: 
Electronics and Energy
FIle Date: 
2011-06-10
Grant Date: 
2013-12-24
Grant time: 
928 days
Grant time percentile rank: 
17
Claim count percentile rank: 
9
Citations percentile rank: 
1
'Cited by' percentile rank: 
1
Assignee: 
US ARMY