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Micro-porous layer (MPL)-based anode for microbial fuel cells

You, Jiseon; Santoro, Carlo; Greenman, John; Melhuish, Chris; Cristiani, Pierangela; Li, Baikun; Ieropoulos, Ioannis

Authors

Jiseon You Jiseon.You@uwe.ac.uk
Research Fellow - Bristol BioEnergy Centre

Chris Melhuish Chris.Melhuish@uwe.ac.uk
AVC - Advanced Technologies & Professor of Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Pierangela Cristiani

Baikun Li



Abstract

© 2014 Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Two different anode materials, carbon veil (CV) and carbon cloth (CC), were modified with a micro-porous layer (MPL) in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). When the biofilm on the anodes matured, the maximum power output from the MPL modified carbon veil (CV20-MPL) and carbon cloth (CC-MPL) was 304.3 μW (60.7 mW/m2) and 253.9 μW (50.6 mW/m2), respectively. These were 2.2 and 1.8 times higher than the power output produced from the unmodified CV and CC, respectively. The 7-month operational tests indicated that the long-term stability of the MFCs was enhanced with the modified MPL anodes, which increased the anode surface roughness and provided higher surface area. Higher bacterial population was observed in the MFCs with the MPL anodes, which confirms the power generation results. This is the first time that the MPL has been used as an efficient anode material in MFCs.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2014
Journal International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Print ISSN 0360-3199
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 36
Pages 21811-21818
APA6 Citation You, J., Santoro, C., Greenman, J., Melhuish, C., Cristiani, P., Li, B., & Ieropoulos, I. (2014). Micro-porous layer (MPL)-based anode for microbial fuel cells. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39(36), 21811-21818. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2014.07.136
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2014.07.136
Keywords microbial fuel cells (MFCs), anode modification, micro-porous layer (MPL), energy from waste, urine
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2014.07.136

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