High performance, totally flexible, tubular microbial fuel cell

Taghavi, M., Greenman, J., Beccai, L., Mattoli, V., Mazzolai, B., Melhuish, C. and Ieropoulos, I. (2014) High performance, totally flexible, tubular microbial fuel cell. ChemElectroChem, 1 (11). pp. 1994-1999. ISSN 2196-0216 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/26705

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/celc.201402131


The current study addresses the development of a flexible microbial fuel cell (MFC) in a tubular configuration. Nafion tubing was employed as a one compartment MFC and was used as the membrane and the main body of the system. We have used an ultra flexible carbon sleeve as electrode material for both the anode and cathode; the anode was placed inside the tubular membrane, and the cathode was wrapped on the outside of the membrane. We illustrate how using both the membrane and the new electrodes increase the power density of the system, which is shown to work successfully with human urine as the fuel. We have also shown how the covering of the outer surface, i.e. the cathode, by means of a waterproof and breathable plaster strip maintains the high output levels without the need for hydration.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:carbon, carbon sleeve electrode, flexible microbial fuel cell, tubular membrane, urine, MFC
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics
ID Code:26705
Deposited By: J.-M. Maheu
Deposited On:14 Sep 2015 09:02
Last Modified:26 May 2016 10:27

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