Cathode Material Development in the Past Decade for H2Production from Microbial Electrolysis Cells

Jerry Tang, Yanhong Bian, Song Jin, Dongya Sun, Zhiyong Jason Ren

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Cathode materials are critical for microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) development and its contribution to achieving a circular hydrogen economy. There are numerous reports on the progress in MEC cathode development during the past decade, but a comprehensive review on the quantitative comparisons and critical assessments of these works is lacking. This Review summarizes and analyzes the published literature on MEC cathode and catalyst development in the past decade, providing an overview of new materials examined during this time period and quantitative analyses on system performance and trends in materials development. Collected data indicate that hybrid materials have become the most popular catalyst candidate while nickel materials also attract increasing interest and exploration. However, the dilemma between higher H2production rate and larger MEC volume remains and still requires more investigation of novel MEC cathode catalysts and configurations to offer a solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-29
Number of pages10
JournalACS Environmental Au
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 19 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Engineering


  • Bioelectrochemical system
  • Cathode catalyst
  • Hydrogen
  • MEC
  • Microbial electrochemical technology
  • Microbial electrolysis cell
  • Wastewater


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