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Microbial fuel cell cathodes: from bottleneck to prime opportunity?

Korneel Rabaey UGent and Jürg Keller (2008) WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 57(5). p.655-659
abstract
Microbial fuel cells that can generate energy out of wastewaters are close to pilot scale testing. As such, MFC technology is complementary to methane generation due to the possibility to rapidly convert organic acids, polish effluents and work at low substrate concentrations. The main bottleneck perceived at the moment is the cathodic electron transfer. A variety of catalysts has been investigated for the direct transfer of electrons from the cathode to oxygen in the air. Overlooked in this context were bacteria. Bacteria could indeed be worthwhile to replace chemical catalysts. Moreover, their versatility enables us to not only target at oxygen, but also at nitrous oxides and contaminants as possible drivers of electricity generation, nutrient removal and bioremediation. This paper addresses several recent developments in MFC cathode research, and demonstrates that energy generation is but an aspect of this versatile technology.
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keyword
REDUCTION, ELECTRICITY-GENERATION, biofuel cell, denitrification, electricity, reduction, renewable energy
journal title
WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Water Sci. Technol.
volume
57
issue
5
pages
655 - 659
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000254921100003
JCR category
WATER RESOURCES
JCR impact factor
1.005 (2008)
JCR rank
35/60 (2008)
JCR quartile
3 (2008)
ISSN
0273-1223
DOI
10.2166/wst.2008.103
language
English
UGent publication?
no
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2009740
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2009740
date created
2012-01-31 14:24:51
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2016-12-19 15:45:06
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  abstract     = {Microbial fuel cells that can generate energy out of wastewaters are close to pilot scale testing. As such, MFC technology is complementary to methane generation due to the possibility to rapidly convert organic acids, polish effluents and work at low substrate concentrations. The main bottleneck perceived at the moment is the cathodic electron transfer. A variety of catalysts has been investigated for the direct transfer of electrons from the cathode to oxygen in the air. Overlooked in this context were bacteria. Bacteria could indeed be worthwhile to replace chemical catalysts. Moreover, their versatility enables us to not only target at oxygen, but also at nitrous oxides and contaminants as possible drivers of electricity generation, nutrient removal and bioremediation. This paper addresses several recent developments in MFC cathode research, and demonstrates that energy generation is but an aspect of this versatile technology.},
  author       = {Rabaey, Korneel and Keller, J{\"u}rg},
  issn         = {0273-1223},
  journal      = {WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY},
  keyword      = {REDUCTION,ELECTRICITY-GENERATION,biofuel cell,denitrification,electricity,reduction,renewable energy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {655--659},
  title        = {Microbial fuel cell cathodes: from bottleneck to prime opportunity?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2008.103},
  volume       = {57},
  year         = {2008},
}

Chicago
Rabaey, Korneel, and Jürg Keller. 2008. “Microbial Fuel Cell Cathodes: From Bottleneck to Prime Opportunity?” Water Science and Technology 57 (5): 655–659.
APA
Rabaey, K., & Keller, J. (2008). Microbial fuel cell cathodes: from bottleneck to prime opportunity? WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 57(5), 655–659.
Vancouver
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Rabaey K, Keller J. Microbial fuel cell cathodes: from bottleneck to prime opportunity? WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 2008;57(5):655–9.
MLA
Rabaey, Korneel, and Jürg Keller. “Microbial Fuel Cell Cathodes: From Bottleneck to Prime Opportunity?” WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 57.5 (2008): 655–659. Print.