Development of a novel hybrid biofuel cell type APAP/O2 based on a fungal bioanode with a Scedosporium dehoogii biofilm


A fungal biofilm has been successfully elaborated in a microbial fuel cell (MFC) device for the first time as a carbon felt colonized by a filamentous fungus denoted Scedosporium dehoogii. The elaborated biofilm was then used as bioanode in an APAP/O2 novel hybrid microbial fuel cell. The cathode was a carbon felt modified with poly-Ni(II)-tetrasulfonated phthalocyanine (poly-NiTSPc) replacing advantageously the classical Pt/Air cathode. The fabricated MFC showed APAP as an efficient model fuel organic micropollutant for this novel MFC, with highly stable output performances offering a power density at 6.5 mW m−2 under an EMF +450 mV under physiological conditions.

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Carbon felt


Carbon paste electrode


Electromotive force


Field emission gun scanning electron microscopy


Microbial fuel cell


N-acetyl-parabenzoquinone imine


Phosphate buffer solution


Electrodeposited film of Ni(II)-tetrasulfonated phthalocyanine


Saturated calomel electrode


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The authors wish to thank R. Mallet for recording the SEM images in the microscopic department of Angers University (France). They also thank the University of Angers (France) for funds allocated to Serge FOUKMENIOK MBOKOU for a scientific stay of 4 months in France in 2014 (Angers university ARIANES’ 2014 Program) and for funds allocated to the pedagogical trip of Prof. M. PONTIÉ to Dschang, Cameroon, in 2015 (Angers university ARIANES’ 2015 Program). They thank a lot J-P. BOUCHARA and B. RAZAFIMANDIMBY for furnishing the fungus strain of S. dehoogii. They also thank a lot Prof. J-P. BOUCHARA, University of Angers (France), for fruitful discussions.

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Mbokou, S.F., Tonle, I.K. & Pontié, M. Development of a novel hybrid biofuel cell type APAP/O2 based on a fungal bioanode with a Scedosporium dehoogii biofilm. J Appl Electrochem 47, 273–280 (2017).

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  • APAP
  • Microbial fuel cell
  • Scedosporium dehoogii
  • Fungal biofilm
  • Carbon paste electrode
  • Bioanode