Facile one-step strategy for highly boosted microbial extracellular electron transfer of the genus Shewanella

Yuan Wang, Meiling Lv, Qingan Meng, Chunmei Ding, Lei Jiang, Huan Liu

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High performance of bacterial extracellular electron transfer (EET) is essentially important for its practical applications in versatile bioelectric fields. We developed a facile one-step approach to dramatically boost the bacterial EET activity 75-fold by exogenous addition of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid disodium salt (EDTA-2Na, 1 mM) into the electrochemical cells, where the anodic process of microbial EET was monitored. We propose that EDTA-2Na enables both the alternation of the local environment around the c-type cytochromes located on the outer membrane channels (OMCs), which therefore changes the redox behavior of OMCs in mediating the EET process, and the formation of densely packed biofilm that can further facilitate the EET process. As a synergistic effect, the highly boosted bacterial EET activity was achieved. The method shows good generality for versatile bioelectrical bacteria. We envision that the method is also applicable for constructing various bioelectric devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6331-6337
Number of pages7
JournalACS Nano
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cytochromes
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electron transfer
  • Local environment
  • Microbes

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