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A new method for urine electrofiltration and long term power enhancement using surface modified anodes with activated carbon in ceramic microbial fuel cells (2020)
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Gajda, I., You, J., Santoro, C., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. A. (2020). A new method for urine electrofiltration and long term power enhancement using surface modified anodes with activated carbon in ceramic microbial fuel cells. Electrochimica Acta, 353, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2020.136388

This work is presenting for the first time the use of inexpensive and efficient anode material for boosting power production, as well as improving electrofiltration of human urine in tubular microbial fuel cells (MFCs). The MFCs were constructed usin... Read More about A new method for urine electrofiltration and long term power enhancement using surface modified anodes with activated carbon in ceramic microbial fuel cells.

Electroosmotically generated disinfectant from urine as a by-product of electricity in microbial fuel cell for the inactivation of pathogenic species (2020)
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Gajda, I., Obata, O., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. A. (2020). Electroosmotically generated disinfectant from urine as a by-product of electricity in microbial fuel cell for the inactivation of pathogenic species. Scientific Reports, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-60626-x

This work presents a small scale and low cost ceramic based microbial fuel cell, utilising human urine into electricity, while producing clean catholyte into an initially empty cathode chamber through the process of electro-osmostic drag. It is the f... Read More about Electroosmotically generated disinfectant from urine as a by-product of electricity in microbial fuel cell for the inactivation of pathogenic species.

Microbial fuel cell stack performance enhancement through carbon veil anode modification with activated carbon powder (2020)
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Gajda, I., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. (2020). Microbial fuel cell stack performance enhancement through carbon veil anode modification with activated carbon powder. Applied Energy, 262, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.114475

The chemical energy contained in urine can be efficiently extracted into direct electricity by Microbial Fuel Cell stacks to reach usable power levels for practical implementation and a decentralised power source in remote locations. Herein, a novel... Read More about Microbial fuel cell stack performance enhancement through carbon veil anode modification with activated carbon powder.

Optimisation of the internal structure of ceramic membranes for electricity production in urine-fed microbial fuel cells (2020)
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Salar-García, M. J., & Ieropoulos, I. (2020). Optimisation of the internal structure of ceramic membranes for electricity production in urine-fed microbial fuel cells. Journal of Power Sources, 451, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2020.227741

The need to find a feasible alternative to commercial membranes for microbial fuel cells (MFCs) poses an important challenge for the practical implementation of this technology. This work aims to analyse the influence of the internal structure of low... Read More about Optimisation of the internal structure of ceramic membranes for electricity production in urine-fed microbial fuel cells.

Long-term bio-power of ceramic microbial fuel cells in individual and stacked configurations (2020)
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Gajda, I., Obata, O., Jose Salar-Garcia, M., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. A. (2020). Long-term bio-power of ceramic microbial fuel cells in individual and stacked configurations. Bioelectrochemistry, 133, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioelechem.2020.107459

© 2020 The Authors In order to improve the potential of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) as an applicable technology, the main challenge is to engineer practical systems for bioenergy production at larger scales and to test how the prototypes withstand th... Read More about Long-term bio-power of ceramic microbial fuel cells in individual and stacked configurations.

Development of efficient electroactive biofilm in urine-fed microbial fuel cell cascades for bioelectricity generation (2020)
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Obata, O., Salar-Garcia, M. J., Greenman, J., Kurt, H., Chandran, K., & Ieropoulos, I. (2020). Development of efficient electroactive biofilm in urine-fed microbial fuel cell cascades for bioelectricity generation. Journal of Environmental Management, 258, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109992

The Microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology harnesses the potential of some naturally occurring bacteria for electricity generation. Digested sludge is commonly used as the inoculum to initiate the process. There are, however, health hazards and practic... Read More about Development of efficient electroactive biofilm in urine-fed microbial fuel cell cascades for bioelectricity generation.

Long Term Feasibility Study of In-field Floating Microbial Fuel Cells for Monitoring Anoxic Wastewater and Energy Harvesting (2019)
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Cristiani, P., Gajda, I., Greenman, J., Pizza, F., Bonelli, P., & Ieropoulos, I. (2019). Long Term Feasibility Study of In-field Floating Microbial Fuel Cells for Monitoring Anoxic Wastewater and Energy Harvesting. Frontiers in Energy Research, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fenrg.2019.00119

© Copyright © 2019 Cristiani, Gajda, Greenman, Pizza, Bonelli and Ieropoulos. In the present work different prototypes of floating MFCs have been tested in anoxic water environments of wastewater plants in Italy, over a period of 3 years. Several con... Read More about Long Term Feasibility Study of In-field Floating Microbial Fuel Cells for Monitoring Anoxic Wastewater and Energy Harvesting.

Living architecture: Toward energy generating buildings powered by microbial fuel cells (2019)
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You, J., Rimbu, G. A., Wallis, L., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. (2019). Living architecture: Toward energy generating buildings powered by microbial fuel cells. Frontiers in Energy Research, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fenrg.2019.00094

In this study, possibilities of integrating microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology and buildings were investigated. Three kinds of conventional house bricks from two different locations were tested as MFC reactors and their electrochemical characterist... Read More about Living architecture: Toward energy generating buildings powered by microbial fuel cells.

Optimisation of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) through bacterial-robot interaction (2019)
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Theodosiou, P. Optimisation of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) through bacterial-robot interaction. (Thesis). University of the West of England. Retrieved from https://uwe-repository....ribe.com/output/1490990

For over 100 years, Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) have been developed as eco-friendly alternatives for generating electricity via the oxidation of organic matter by bacteria. In the early 2000s, collectives of MFCs were proven fea-sible energy provider... Read More about Optimisation of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) through bacterial-robot interaction.

Artificial neural network simulating microbial fuel cells with different membrane materials and electrode configurations (2019)
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Tsompanas, M. A., You, J., Wallis, L., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. (2019). Artificial neural network simulating microbial fuel cells with different membrane materials and electrode configurations. Journal of Power Sources, 436, 226832. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2019.226832

© 2019 Elsevier B.V. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are gaining interest due to higher power production achieved by deep analysis of their characteristics and their effect on the overall efficiency. To date, investigations on MFC efficiency, can only be... Read More about Artificial neural network simulating microbial fuel cells with different membrane materials and electrode configurations.

Response of ceramic microbial fuel cells to direct anodic airflow and novel hydrogel cathodes (2019)
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Winfield, J., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. (2019). Response of ceramic microbial fuel cells to direct anodic airflow and novel hydrogel cathodes. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44(29), 15344-15354. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.04.024

© 2019 The Authors The presence of air in the anode chamber of microbial fuel cells (MFCs)might be unavoidable in some applications. This study purposely exposed the anodic biofilm to air for sustained cycles using ceramic cylindrical MFCs. A method... Read More about Response of ceramic microbial fuel cells to direct anodic airflow and novel hydrogel cathodes.

Iron-streptomycin derived catalyst for efficient oxygen reduction reaction in ceramic microbial fuel cells operating with urine (2019)
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Salar Garcia, M. J., Santoro, C., Kodali, M., Serov, A., Artyushkova, K., Atanassov, P., & Ieropoulos, I. (2019). Iron-streptomycin derived catalyst for efficient oxygen reduction reaction in ceramic microbial fuel cells operating with urine. Journal of Power Sources, 425, 50-59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2019.03.052

© 2019 The Authors In recent years, the microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology has drawn the attention of the scientific community due to its ability to produce clean energy and treat different types of waste at the same time. Often, expensive catalyst... Read More about Iron-streptomycin derived catalyst for efficient oxygen reduction reaction in ceramic microbial fuel cells operating with urine.

Self-stratified and self-powered micro-supercapacitor integrated into a microbial fuel cell operating in human urine (2019)
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Santoro, C., Walter, X. A., Soavi, F., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. (2019). Self-stratified and self-powered micro-supercapacitor integrated into a microbial fuel cell operating in human urine. Electrochimica Acta, 307, 241-252. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2019.03.194

© 2019 The Authors A self-stratified microbial fuel cell fed with human urine with a total internal volume of 0.55 ml was investigated as an internal supercapacitor, for the first time. The internal self-stratification allowed the development of two... Read More about Self-stratified and self-powered micro-supercapacitor integrated into a microbial fuel cell operating in human urine.

Evaluation of electrode and solution area-based resistances enables quantitative comparisons of factors impacting microbial fuel cell performance (2019)
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Rossi, R., Cario, B. P., Santoro, C., Yang, W., Saikaly, P. E., & Logan, B. E. (2019). Evaluation of electrode and solution area-based resistances enables quantitative comparisons of factors impacting microbial fuel cell performance. Environmental Science and Technology, 53(7), 3977-3986. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b06004

Direct comparisons of microbial fuel cells based on maximum power densities are hindered by different reactor and electrode sizes, solution conductivities, and materials. We propose an alternative method here, the electrode potential slope (EPS) anal... Read More about Evaluation of electrode and solution area-based resistances enables quantitative comparisons of factors impacting microbial fuel cell performance.

Fate of three bioluminescent pathogenic bacteria fed through a cascade of urine microbial fuel cells (2019)
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Ieropoulos, I., Obata, O., Pasternak, G., & Greenman, J. (2019). Fate of three bioluminescent pathogenic bacteria fed through a cascade of urine microbial fuel cells. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, 46(5), 587-599. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10295-019-02153-x

Microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology is currently gaining recognition as one of the most promising bioenergy technologies of the future. One aspect of this technology that has received little attention is the disinfection of effluents and the fate of... Read More about Fate of three bioluminescent pathogenic bacteria fed through a cascade of urine microbial fuel cells.

Towards monolithically printed MFCs: Development of a 3D-printable membrane electrode assembly (MEA) (2019)
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Theodosiou, P., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. (2019). Towards monolithically printed MFCs: Development of a 3D-printable membrane electrode assembly (MEA). International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44(9), 4450-4462. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.12.163

Additive manufacturing (3D-printing) and microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are two rapidly growing technologies which have been previously combined to advance the development of the latter. In the same line of work, this paper reports on the fabrication of... Read More about Towards monolithically printed MFCs: Development of a 3D-printable membrane electrode assembly (MEA).

Towards the optimisation of ceramic-based microbial fuel cells: A three-factor three-level response surface analysis design (2019)
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Salar-García, M. J., de Ramón-Fernández, A., Ortiz-Martínez, V. M., Ruiz-Fernández, D., & Ieropoulos, I. (2019). Towards the optimisation of ceramic-based microbial fuel cells: A three-factor three-level response surface analysis design. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 144, 119-124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bej.2019.01.015

© 2019 The Authors Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are an environment-friendly technology, which addresses two of the most important environmental issues worldwide: fossil fuel depletion and water scarcity. Modelling is a useful tool that allows us to un... Read More about Towards the optimisation of ceramic-based microbial fuel cells: A three-factor three-level response surface analysis design.

Scalability of self-stratifying microbial fuel cell: Towards height miniaturisation (2019)
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Walter, X. A., Santoro, C., Greenman, J., & Ieropoulos, I. A. (2019). Scalability of self-stratifying microbial fuel cell: Towards height miniaturisation. Bioelectrochemistry, 127, 68-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioelechem.2019.01.004

© 2019 The Authors The scalability of bioelectrochemical systems is a key parameter for their practical implementation in the real-world. Up until now, only urine-fed self-stratifying microbial fuel cells (SSM-MFCs) have been shown to be scalable in... Read More about Scalability of self-stratifying microbial fuel cell: Towards height miniaturisation.

Transport of Live Cells under Sterile Conditions Using a Chemotactic Droplet (2018)
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Holler, S., Porcelli, C., Ieropoulos, I., & Hanczyc, M. (2018). Transport of Live Cells under Sterile Conditions Using a Chemotactic Droplet. Scientific Reports, 8(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-26703-y

© 2018 The Author(s). 1-Decanol droplets, formed in an aqueous medium containing decanoate at high pH, become chemotactic when a chemical gradient is placed in the external aqueous environment. We investigated if such droplets can be used as transpor... Read More about Transport of Live Cells under Sterile Conditions Using a Chemotactic Droplet.

Increased power generation in supercapacitive microbial fuel cell stack using Fe–N–C cathode catalyst (2018)
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Santoro, C., Kodali, M., Shamoon, N., Serov, A., Soavi, F., Merino-Jimenez, I., …Atanassov, P. (2019). Increased power generation in supercapacitive microbial fuel cell stack using Fe–N–C cathode catalyst. Journal of Power Sources, 412, 416-424. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.11.069

© 2018 The Authors The anode and cathode electrodes of a microbial fuel cell (MFC) stack, composed of 28 single MFCs, were used as the negative and positive electrodes, respectively of an internal self-charged supercapacitor. Particularly, carbon vei... Read More about Increased power generation in supercapacitive microbial fuel cell stack using Fe–N–C cathode catalyst.



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