Graphene/Fe3O4 Nanocomposites as Efficient Anodes to Boost the Lifetime and Current Output of Microbial Fuel Cells

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Author(s)

  • Rong-Bin Song
  • Cui-E Zhao
  • Pan-Pan Gai
  • Dan Guo
  • Li-Ping Jiang
  • Jian-Rong Zhang
  • Jun-Jie Zhu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-313
Journal / PublicationChemistry - An Asian Journal
Volume12
Issue number3
Online published7 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The enhancement of microbial activity and electrocatalysis through the design of new anode materials is essential to develop microbial fuel cells (MFCs) with longer lifetimes and higher output. In this research, a novel anode material, graphene/Fe3O4 (G/Fe3O4) composite, has been designed for Shewanella-inoculated MFCs. Because the Shewanella species could bind to Fe3O4 with high affinity and their growth could be supported by Fe3O4, the bacterial cells attached quickly onto the anode surface and their long-term activity improved. As a result, MFCs with reduced startup time and improved stability were obtained. Additionally, the introduction of graphene not only provided a large surface area for bacterial attachment, but also offered high electrical conductivity to facilitate extracellular electron transfer (EET). The results showed that the current and power densities of a G/Fe3O4 anode were much higher than those of each individual component as an anode.

Research Area(s)

  • electron transfer, fuel cells, graphene, microbial activity, nanoparticles

Citation Format(s)

Graphene/Fe3O4 Nanocomposites as Efficient Anodes to Boost the Lifetime and Current Output of Microbial Fuel Cells. / Song, Rong-Bin; Zhao, Cui-E; Gai, Pan-Pan; Guo, Dan; Jiang, Li-Ping; Zhang, Qichun; Zhang, Jian-Rong; Zhu, Jun-Jie.

In: Chemistry - An Asian Journal, Vol. 12, No. 3, 01.02.2017, p. 308-313.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review