Core Technologies for ChemBioIT Roadmap: Shortlist
9. ENERGETICS FOR INFORMED CONSTRUCTION
- Light driven mechanisms (e.g. dye solar films/cells and Si components)
Light provides a sustainable source of power for surface systems that can also be harnessed (as in biology) for programmed construction. Research on matching solar power and artificial light sources to informed local construction should also include investigation of photochemical control mechanisms to gate construction processes.
- Chemical battery and fuel cell electronics (e.g. enzymatic sugar power) electronics
As in traditional mobile power electronics a Ragone plot highlights the effective role of fuel cells at the high specific energy density – longer discharge time corner. Chemical power and its management (intelligent accumulation, distribution and exploitation) will be vital for effective autonomous construction.
- Capacitive coupling between powered electronics and microparticle chemistry
Capacitive coupling is an alternative already being explored for powering autonomous microparticles intermittently in solution (MICREAgents project), since it also allows electronic communication. Electromagnetic field power should be explored more fully in its relation to ionic currents and other signaling transport networks (cf neural synapses).
- Miscellaneous power sources incl. magnetic, vibrational, others
Research on alternative sustainable energy resources while emphasizing chemical or biochemical opportunities can also make use of a large suite of physical energy sources in the environment for energy scavenging. The ChemBioIT smart usage of such additional energy sources for ongoing construction regulation is the specific theme.