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Algal 'lagoon' effect for oxygenating MFC cathodes

Gajda, Iwona; Stinchcombe, Andrew; Greenman, John; Melhuish, Chris; Ieropoulos, Ioannis

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Iwona Serruys
Senior Lecturer in Engineering Management

Andrew Stinchcombe

Chris Melhuish
Professor of Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Yannis Ieropoulos
Professor in Bioenergy & Director of B-B


© 2014, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This paper describes the active oxygenation performed by photosynthetic organisms in the cathode of a two-chamber Microbial Fuel Cell system. The algal biomass supplied dissolved oxygen to the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in a sustainable manner through the recirculation of the catholyte connected to separate photoreactors, which acted as lagoons. Aiming towards self-sustainable applications, it has been demonstrated that catholyte recirculation could be facilitated by the MFC stack itself when a dc impeller pump was periodically powered by the electricity generated from these same MFCs.


Gajda, I., Stinchcombe, A., Greenman, J., Melhuish, C., & Ieropoulos, I. (2014). Algal 'lagoon' effect for oxygenating MFC cathodes. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39(36), 21857-21863.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 28, 2014
Online Publication Date Jun 28, 2014
Publication Date Dec 12, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Journal International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Print ISSN 0360-3199
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 36
Pages 21857-21863
Keywords lagoon effect, microbial fuel cells, photosynthetic cathode, biomass recovery, practical implementation
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Additional Information Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was submitted for publication in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, [39, 36, (12 December 2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2014.05.173


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