Development of a procedure to rapidly acclimate a microbial fuel cell (MFC) for electricity production

Jungrae Kim, Booki Min, Bruce Logan

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Various techniques to enrich electrochemically active bacteria on an electrode using acetate as a substrate were studied using anaerobic sludge and a two-chamber fuel cell. The inoculum was enriched with iron reducing bacteria, but power densities were low without L-cysteine. With an iron oxide-coated electrode, the maximum power density was three times higher than that of carbon electrode and the coulombic efficiency was increased from 40 to over 80% with a methanogen inhibitor, 2-bromoethanesulfonate. These active enrichment techniques could sometimes reduce acclimations and increase the power density and efficiency of a MFC. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 228th ACS National Meeting (Philadelphia, PA 8/22-26/2004).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)ENVR-194
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
EventAbstracts of Papers - 228th ACS National Meeting - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 22 2004Aug 26 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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