Technological Evolution of Synergy Between physicochemical and Living Systems


Project overview:

The EVOBLISS project will allow the study of microbial evolution over time using a robotic platform called EVOBOT, with energy generation in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) as the primary selective pressure.

Different types of 3D fabricated substrata will be utilised as MFCs, which will allow the microbial communities to directly transfer electricity on electrodes inside these units.

Project Objectives:

  • To specify the chemical composition of the substratum which will effectively become the microbial fuel cell (MFC)
  • Establish a system of interface and interconnection, whereby real-time electrical output is monitored and fed-back to EVOBOT robot for control.
  • Optimise the substratum composition through MFC/robot interaction.
  • Investigate the selective pressure effects of substrate concentration.
  • Use EVOBOT to optimise the ECOBOT IV MFCs and perform behavioural experiments with the improved ECOBOT IV.

Expected outcome:

Employ EVOBOT to build MFCs from scratch, feed and maintain them until maturity as well as perform evolutionary algorithmic experiments to improve MFC performance.

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