Advanced three-dimensional electrode structure in microbial fuel cell for resource recovery from wastewater
In the last century, global economic development and industrial growth were supported by fossil fuels, but these natural resources cannot support industrialization and economic growth forever. Bio electrochemical systems provide an attractive method to add wastewater to the list of environmental friendly and renewable energy sources. This study will focus on the conversion of solar energy into electrical power using cyanobacterial biofilms on chemically stable three-dimensional (3D) macroporous electrodes developed via additive manufacturing techniques. This could significantly improve the economic viability of anodes in existing microbial fuel cell configurations. Furthermore, this research will demonstrate the visualization and characterization of the photosynthetic biofilm-electrode interface during charge transfer processes, exploring the use of chemical biology and electrochemical methods, such as in situ confocal fluorescence and Raman microscopy, and using chemical and biophysical characterizations of synthetic electrode materials.
Investigating dual opportunity within Microbial fuel cell; as BOD sensor and source of electric current form organic wastewater.
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