Challenges in microbial fuel cell development and operation
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- Kim, B.H., Chang, I.S. & Gadd, G.M. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2007) 76: 485. doi:10.1007/s00253-007-1027-4
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A microbial fuel cell (MFC) is a device that converts chemical energy into electricity through the catalytic activities of microorganisms. Although there is great potential of MFCs as an alternative energy source, novel wastewater treatment process, and biosensor for oxygen and pollutants, extensive optimization is required to exploit the maximum microbial potential. In this article, the main limiting factors of MFC operation are identified and suggestions are made to improve performance.