Can bacteria reduce electronic waste?


About the research

In 2012, scientists found interesting bacteria in the mud of the North Sea. Further investigation showed that these bacteria conduct electricity, just like power cables. But how exactly do these bacteria do this? And does this offer potential for more clean electronics? This is what Koen Wouters (UHasselt) and his colleagues are investigating. 


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Koen Wouters

In his daily life, Koen Wouters saw physics everywhere. From the motion of flips in gymnastics to the vibrations in music. On the other hand, being a scout connected him to nature. His current PhD research in X-LAB at UHasselt combines both of these aspects, as he studies the unique properties of electrically conducting cable bacteria which could one day be used to create biodegradable electronics.

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