Single-Use paPER-based fuel CELLS

ERC Consolidator Grant

Project details

Host institution: Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain
ERC call: Consolidator Grants , ERC-2014-CoG, panel
Max ERC funding: 1,920,738 €
Start date: 2015-07-01, End date: 2020-07-01


The SUPERCELL project aims to develop a new generation of disposable and low environmental impact fuel cells. The approach presented in this proposal will be a major breakthrough in the fuel cell field, as these devices are conceived for the first time as single-use and disposable power sources. It will also have an enormous impact in the point-of-care diagnostics domain, as it will provide simple, reliable and clean power sources to an upcoming generation of smart paper-based sensors and allow them to be energetically autonomous. Fuel will be harvested from the biological sample to be analyzed – in case of urine and blood – or tak en from hydrogen produced in situ upon the addition of any liquid in the paper platform. The proposal is very innovative in conception as well as in technology as these devices will be developed by means of a smart integration of paper microfluidics, printed electronics and electrocatalysis technologies. The contributions of this project are expected to promote the future creation of new commercial ventures and products, reaching applications beyond point-of-care like environmental monitoring, food safety and security.

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