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A review into the use of ceramics in microbial fuel cells

Winfield, Jonathan; Gajda, Iwona; Greenman, John; Ieropoulos, Ioannis

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Iwona Serruys
Senior Lecturer in Engineering Management


© 2016 The Authors. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) offer great promise as a technology that can produce electricity whilst at the same time treat wastewater. Although significant progress has been made in recent years, the requirement for cheaper materials has prevented the technology from wider, out-of-the-lab, implementation. Recently, researchers have started using ceramics with encouraging results, suggesting that this inexpensive material might be the solution for propelling MFC technology towards real world applications. Studies have demonstrated that ceramics can provide stability, improve power and treatment efficiencies, create a better environment for the electro-active bacteria and contribute towards resource recovery. This review discusses progress to date using ceramics as (i) the structural material, (ii) the medium for ion exchange and (iii) the electrode for MFCs.


Winfield, J., Gajda, I., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. (2016). A review into the use of ceramics in microbial fuel cells. Bioresource Technology, 215, 296-303.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Mar 25, 2016
Publication Date Sep 1, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 9, 2016
Journal Bioresource Technology
Print ISSN 0960-8524
Electronic ISSN 1873-2976
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 215
Pages 296-303
Keywords microbial fuel cell, ceramic
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