Effect of composites based nickel foam anode in microbial fuel cell using Acetobacter aceti and Gluconobacter roseus as a biocatalysts

Rengasamy Karthikeyan*, Navanietha Krishnaraj, Ammaiyappan Selvam, Jonathan W C WONG, Patrick K.H. Lee, Michael K.H. Leung, Sheela Berchmans

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Abstract

This study explores the use of materials such as chitosan (chit), polyaniline (PANI) and titanium carbide (TC) as anode materials for microbial fuel cells. Nickel foam (NF) was used as the base anode substrate. Four different types of anodes (NF, NF/PANI, NF/PANI/TC, NF/PANI/TC/Chit) are thus prepared and used in batch type microbial fuel cells operated with a mixed consortium of Acetobacter aceti and Gluconobacter roseus as the biocatalysts and bad wine as a feedstock. A maximum power density of 18.8 W m−3 (≈2.3 times higher than NF) was obtained in the case of the anode modified with a composite of PANI/TC/Chit. The MFCs running under a constant external resistance of (50 Ω) yielded 14.7% coulombic efficiency with a maximum chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal of 87–93%. The overall results suggest that the catalytic materials embedded in the chitosan matrix show the best performance and have potentials for further development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-120
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume217
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chitosan
  • Microbial fuel cell
  • Polyaniline
  • Titanium carbide
  • Wine

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