Stretchable biofuel cell with enzyme-modified conductive textiles

Yudai Ogawa, Yuki Takai, Yuto Kato, Hiroyuki Kai, Takeo Miyake, Matsuhiko Nishizawa*

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A sheet-type, stretchable biofuel cell was developed by laminating three components: a bioanode textile for fructose oxidation, a hydrogel sheet containing fructose as fuel, and a gas-diffusion biocathode textile for oxygen reduction. The anode and cathode textiles were prepared by modifying carbon nanotube (CNT)-decorated stretchable textiles with fructose dehydrogenase (FDH) and bilirubin oxidase (BOD), respectively. Enzymatic reaction currents of anode and cathode textiles were stable for 30 cycles of 50% stretching, with initial loss of 20-30% in the first few cycles due to the partial breaking of the CNT network at the junction of textile fibers. The assembled laminate biofuel cell showed power of ~0.2mW/cm2 with 1.2kΩ load, which was stable even at stretched, twisted, and wrapped forms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-952
Number of pages6
JournalBiosensors and Bioelectronics
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 5
Externally publishedYes


  • Biofuel cell
  • Carbon nanotube
  • Stretchable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


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