A review into the use of ceramics in microbial fuel cells

Winfield, J., Gajda, I., Greenman, J. and Ieropoulos, I. (2016) A review into the use of ceramics in microbial fuel cells. Bioresource Technology. ISSN 0960-8524 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/28821

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2016.03.135


Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) offer great promise as a technology that can produce electricity whilst at the same time treat wastewater. Although significant progress has been made in recent years, the requirement for cheaper materials has prevented the technology from wider, out-of-the-lab, implementation. Recently, researchers have started using ceramics with encouraging results, suggesting that this inexpensive material might be the solution for propelling MFC technology towards real world applications. Studies have demonstrated that ceramics can provide stability, improve power and treatment efficiencies, create a better environment for the electro-active bacteria and contribute towards resource recovery. This review discusses progress to date using ceramics as (i) the structural material, (ii) the medium for ion exchange and (iii) the electrode for MFCs.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:microbial fuel cell, ceramic
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology
ID Code:28821
Deposited By: J. Winfield
Deposited On:09 May 2016 11:23
Last Modified:11 Jul 2016 20:46

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