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Title: Performance evaluation of microbial fuel cells: Effect of varying electrode configuration and presence of a membrane electrode assembly
Authors: Nandy A.
Kumar V.
Mondal S.
Dutta K.
Salah M.
Kundu, Patit Paban
Published in: New Biotechnology
Abstract: Membrane electrode assembly (MEA), a common arrangement used in direct methanol fuel cells, has been employed in a fed-batch mode microbial fuel cell (MFC), using mixed microbial population. This modification has been done for analyzing the prospect of obtaining increased power productivity. In addition, the electrodes have also been configured for the purpose of better current collection. Use of MEA as a replacement of the conventionally used 'separate membrane and electrode' arrangement has evidently resulted in reducing one of the limiting factors for higher power production in MFC, that is, its internal resistance. Open circuit potentials of more than 1 volt have been obtained for two MFC setups: (a) one consisting of an MEA and (b) the other having electrodes situated 2cm apart from each other, but having better current collectors than the first setup. Power densities of 2212.57mWm-2 and 1098.29mWm-2 have been obtained at corresponding current densities of 5028.57mAm-2 and 3542.86mAm-2, respectively. The potential and power obtained for the MFC consisting of an MEA is quite significant compared to the other systems employed in this study. © 2015.
Citation: New Biotechnology (2015), 32(2): 272-281
URI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nbt.2014.11.003
http://repository.iitr.ac.in/handle/123456789/2241
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 18716784
Author Scopus IDs: 55813019000
57197697614
56397627900
7005115695
56506705800
35475516300
Author Affiliations: Nandy, A., Department of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, 92, A.P.C. Road, Kolkata, 700009, India
Kumar, V., Department of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, 92, A.P.C. Road, Kolkata, 700009, India
Mondal, S., Department of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, 92, A.P.C. Road, Kolkata, 700009, India
Dutta, K., Department of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, 92, A.P.C. Road, Kolkata, 700009, India
Salah, M., Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, 608002, India
Kundu, P.P., Department of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, 92, A.P.C. Road, Kolkata, 700009, India
Funding Details: The financial support provided by Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) , Government of India, under the scheme MOEF, GOI No-10-1/2009-CT (WM) is gratefully acknowledged. The support in the form of Senior Research Fellowship provided by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, is acknowledged by VK and KD. Appendix A
Corresponding Author: Kundu, P.P.; Department of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, 92, A.P.C. Road, India
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