Microbiologists make big leap in developing ‘green’ electronics

Microbiologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have reported that they have discovered a new type of microbial nanowire produced by bacteria that could greatly accelerate the development of sustainable “green” conducting materials for the electronics industry.A bacterium known as Geobacter sulfurreducens uses the protein filaments naturally to make electrical connections with other microbes or minerals. The Microbial nanowires offer an unprecedented potential for developing novel electronic devices and sensors for diverse applications with a new environmentally friendly technology.