Electron transfer mechanisms, new applications, and performance of biocathode microbial fuel cells

Type
Article

Authors
Huang, Liping
Regan, John M.
Quan, Xie

KAUST Grant Number
KUS-I1-003-13

Date
2011-01

Abstract
Broad application of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) requires low cost and high operational sustainability. Microbial-cathode MFCs, or cathodes using only bacterial catalysts (biocathodes), can satisfy these demands and have gained considerable attention in recent years. Achievements with biocathodes over the past 3-4. years have been particularly impressive not only with respect to the biological aspects but also the system-wide considerations related to electrode materials and solution chemistry. The versatility of biocathodes enables us to use not only oxygen but also contaminants as possible electron acceptors, allowing nutrient removal and bioremediation in conjunction with electricity generation. Moreover, biocathodes create opportunities to convert electrical current into microbially generated reduced products. While many new experimental results with biocathodes have been reported, we are still in the infancy of their engineering development. This review highlights the opportunities, limits, and challenges of biocathodes. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Citation
Huang L, Regan JM, Quan X (2011) Electron transfer mechanisms, new applications, and performance of biocathode microbial fuel cells. Bioresource Technology 102: 316–323. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2010.06.096.

Acknowledgements
This study was supported by the "Energy + X" (2008) key programme through Dalian University of Technology, the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (IRT0813), and Award KUS-I1-003-13 from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Publisher
Elsevier BV

Journal
Bioresource Technology

DOI
10.1016/j.biortech.2010.06.096

PubMed ID
20634062

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