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Energy is the fuel of life. As humans we consume food to supply our body with the vital energy we require to survive and thrive. Gareth will be discussing his research which focuses on glutamate an important metabolic fuel and its application in the food and biosensing arenas. We have grown accustomed to readily available energy in the form of electricity. This demand of energy has come at the detriment of our planet. Pavlina will be sharing her answer to an affordable energy source in the form of microbial fuel cells. They are built by robots and are capable of generating energy from urine.
From Urine…to Electricity
Not a moment goes by that we don’t use electricity. This demand has come at the detriment of our planet. Thus now it is more urgent than ever to find affordable alternative energy sources. So, wouldn't using a naturally occurring waste to harvest energy be great? This is possible through the Microbial Fuel Cell technology, as we can generate electricity from waste and especially urine! We will explore the applications of MFCs that have taken place so far (powering robots, charging mobile phones, and lighting up urinals) and the use of EvoBot robot to build MFCs through 3D-printing.
Biosensing and Sensibility – OXO Cubes and Animal Testing
It’s essential to normal brain function, it’s a common food seasoning and is also a marker that could be used to reduce animal testing; Glutamate is a truly a fascinating molecule. This talk will discuss the development of glutamate biosensors and their application in food and clinical sciences.