M13 bacteriophage viruses used in this study.
The growing age, the world’s scientists are constantly trying to find a power source. The team of scientists from California, the U.S. developed a way to generate electricity by using virus.
This study used a virus to convert energy into mechanical motion or electrical energy. The instrument used was a kind of “generator” with electrodes of postage stamps and film made from the virus.
Conversion of mechanical energy into electrical mengguanakan tool called “piezoelectric” and will react and work at hand touched or knocked.
Dr. Seung-Wuk Lee Dr. University of California, Berkeley said, “More research is needed, but our work is the first step in the development of personal power, actuators for use in nanoscale devices, and other devices based on virus-based electronics”.
M13 bacteriophage viruses used in this study and this virus typically attacks the bacteria but benign in humans. The research team added four negatively charged molecules on the virus. Molecule is added it aims to increase the voltage of the virus.
Later, scientists accumulate films, each of which is a single layer of virus. The strongest of the piezoelectric effect is generated when the stack of 20. Film stacks containing virus-sized 1cm square clamped between two gold plated electrodes and connected by cable to an LCD.
When the demonstration that when pressure is applied to the generator, the tool can produce up to a quarter of the normal battery voltage and can produce the number “1″ on the LCD.
The advantage of using this virus is a virus they could organize themselves into a movie that is well and move the generator.
Researchers claim that the power of the virus could be applied to everyday activities, such as closing doors or climbing stairs, but the researchers will develop further.