Progress and challenges in scale up of electrogenic reactors such as microbial fuel cells

Bruce Logan, Shaoan Cheng, Valerie Watson

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Several new technologies are emerging based on the ability of certain bacteria, called exoelectrogens, to transfer electrons between respiratory enzymes inside the cell to exogenous surfaces such as an electrode. Two of the most promising technologies are microbial fuel cells, used for electricity generation, and bioelectrochemically assisted microbial reactors (BEAMRs), used for hydrogen production. Key attributes for scale up are anodes and cathodes that have high surface areas, cathodes that allow for oxygen reduction in a non-fouling manner, and the need for non-precious metal catalysts. Recent advancements have been made based on the development of new materials and configurations suitable for scale up of these electrodes. Thus, it is now possible to design and scale up reactors for generating electricity from dissolved organic matter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication234th ACS National Meeting, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
StatePublished - 2007
Event234th ACS National Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2007Aug 23 2007

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other234th ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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