Microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment

Ramaraja P. Ramasamy, Zhiyong Ren, Matthew M. Mench, John M. Rcgan

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In the recent years the power densities of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) have increased by orders of magnitude upon decreasing the internal ohmic resistance of the system. With the ohmic resistance of the MFC systems no longer a dominant issue, identification of other intrinsic resistances is the need of the hour. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (ElS) was used to study the impedance behavior of a microbial fuel cell (MFC) during initial biofilm growth in an acetate-fed, two-chamber MFC system with ferricyanide in the cathode using mixed culture of bacteria obtained from activated sludge as the bio-catalyst. Results showed that the kinetics of anode bio-electrochemical reactions were sluggish, thereby contributing to the majority of the polarization loss, Also the anode charge transfer resistance was found to vary during the initial biofilm growth indicating a direct correlation between the microbial processes and the system performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationECS Transactions - Battery/Energy Technology (General)
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781566776615
ISBN (Print)9781605606415, 9781605606415
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventBattery/Energy Technology Joint General Session - 212th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Oct 7 2007Oct 12 2007

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
ISSN (Print)1938-5862
ISSN (Electronic)1938-6737


ConferenceBattery/Energy Technology Joint General Session - 212th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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