Microbial Fuel Cells: Types and Applications
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are bioelectrochemical devices that convert the chemical energy present in organic or inorganic compounds into electric current by using microorganisms as the catalysts. MFCs are of different types; however, the basic designs used in the laboratories for its applications include double-chamber MFC, single-chamber MFC, upflow MFC and stacked MFC. Moreover, some other designs have also been used for the studies. The type of electrode materials and proton exchange membrane (PEM) used in MFCs has most significant role for its outcomes for different applications such as bioelectricity generation, wastewater treatment, bioremediation of toxic compounds, biohydrogen production and biosensors. Furthermore, MFCs are operated at the optimized parameters such as thermophilic temperatures, neutral pH, etc. to obtain more significant results for respective application. This chapter explores the various types of MFCs, the operational parameters to improve its performance and the most studied applications of the MFCs.
KeywordsMicrobial fuel cells Catalysts Wastewater treatment Bioelectricity generation Biosensors Proton exchange membrane
The authors are thankful to the Universiti Malaysia Pahang Research Scheme (Grant No. RDU-140379) for financial support.
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