Nanocarbon based composite electrodes and their application in microbial fuel cells

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12673-12698
Journal / PublicationJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Volume5
Issue number25
Online published9 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Rather than their use as new energy sources, microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are promising for wastewater treatment as they allow for a significant energy saving and a high treatment efficiency if they are integrated with MBR (membrane bioreactor), where the electricity can be in-situ used over the cathode membrane, in spite of the insignificant power generation, the small current and low voltage output. The performance and cost of MFCs are largely influenced by the electrode materials. Nanocarbon materials with superior physical and chemical properties that conventional materials cannot match, are crucial for the development of MFCs. In this review, recent research progresses and applications of carbon nanotubes, graphene, g-C3N4 and their composites as MFC anode/cathode are highlighted, for insights into the characteristics, the modification /preparation methods and the performance of such MFCs. Different composit catalytic cathode membranes in integrated MFC-MBR systems are also reviewed. Because integrating MBR with catalytic cathode membrane in MFC improves the effluent quality and overcome the deficiencies of MFC, while using the recovered bio-energy to offset the energy consumption for aeration and filtration.

Research Area(s)

  • MFC, GRAPHENE, ELECTRODE

Citation Format(s)

Nanocarbon based composite electrodes and their application in microbial fuel cells. / Zhang, Yizhen; Liu, Lifen ; Van der Bruggen, Bart; Yang, Fenglin .

In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol. 5, No. 25, 07.07.2017, p. 12673-12698.

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