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Title: An insight into cathode options for microbial fuel cells
Authors: Lefebvre, O. 
Al-Mamun, A.
Ooi, W.K.
Tang, Z. 
Chua, D.H.C. 
Ng, H.Y. 
Keywords: Anaerobic digestion
Domestic wastewater
Microbial fuel cell
Wastewater treatment
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Lefebvre, O., Al-Mamun, A., Ooi, W.K., Tang, Z., Chua, D.H.C., Ng, H.Y. (2008). An insight into cathode options for microbial fuel cells. Water Science and Technology 57 (12) : 2031-2037. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Microbial fuel cell (MFC) is an emerging and promising technology, particularly in the field of wastewater treatment. The MFC capability of achieving organic removal and generating in situ electricity could make it an attractive alternative wastewater treatment technology over conventional treatment technologies. However, MFC is still far from being economically viable, especially because of the cost of the platinum (Pt) catalyst that makes possible the reaction at the cathode. In this study, we tested alternative cathode catalysts, namely sputter-deposited Cobalt (Co) and denitrifying bacteria (biocathode). The performance of these innovative cathodes was compared with that of classic Pt-cathodes. Co competed well with Pt, but further research is still required for biocathodes. However, biocathodes MFC have showed promise. © IWA Publishing 2008.
Source Title: Water Science and Technology
ISSN: 02731223
DOI: 10.2166/wst.2008.611
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