Turkish scientists developed “biofuel cell that generates electricity with human neural stem cell”
A European Patent application was made for biofuel cell developed by a joint study in the scientific cooperation of Üsküdar University, Sabancı University and Yıldız Technical University academicians.
Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Department pf Molecular Biology and Genetics faculty member Assoc. Prof. Belkıs Atasever Aslan, Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences faculty member and PROMER Director Prof. Tunç Çatal, Sabancı University Material Engineering faculty member Assoc. Prof. Fevzi Çakmak, Yıldız Technical University Mechatronics Department faculty member Assoc. Prof. Erhan Akdoğan developed a biofuel cell generated from a human stem cell.
European patent application made A European patent application was made for the biofuel cell, which was designed from the neural cell lines used as a model in scientific studies, which produced high electrical energy and proved to light the LED bulb due to this energy.
Proud to transform the project into a product
Assoc. Prof. Belkıs Atasever Aslan, who is currently conducting neurophysiology studies at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Medicine as a Visiting Research Associate Professor stated, “The model we developed can be applied to electronic devices. We are proud see that this study, which we have been working on for many years with our multidisciplinary team, has become a successful biotechnology product. The study of the other model that we will apply for patent is currently in progress.”
PROMER Laboratories in Renewable Energy
İstanbul Protein Research Development and Innovation Center (PROMER) Director Prof. Tunç Çatal indicated that R&D studies have been carried out for years in the field of renewable energy, using micro-organisms at the PROMER laboratories. Prof. Çatal also stated that such a study was accomplished for the first time, using the human cell culture line and that the contribution of the LED bulb lighting to the forward-looking national energy needs is promising.