Microbial fuel cell operation for generating electricity from wastewater (Contact: Booki Min, Irini Angelidaki)
Testing of a new MFC reactor configuration with potential for field applications. Investigation of key operational parameters. Testing of different substrates, from single organic compound to complex mixture of organic matters. Microbial ecology of bacteria consortia and their metabolism in the anode chamber.
Electricity generation integrated with xylose degradation by microbial fuel cell (Contact: Booki Min, Irini Angelidaki)
Electricity generation integrated with xylose degradation is investigated in a typical two-chamber microbial fuel cell (MFC).
Microbial fuel cell biofilm control (Contact: Booki Min, Barth F. Smets)
Development of predictive relationships between biofilm structure, electrical properties, and power output. Characterization of biofilm electrical properties using electrical impedance spectroscopy. Testing of a new MFC reactor configuration with potential for biofilm structure control. Confocal scanning laser microscopic investigations of biofilm structure. Individual based models for MFC biofilm structure.
In-situ MFC biosensor (Contact: Booki Min, Irini Angelidaki)MFC technology as a rapid in-situ biosensor for detecting degradation of pollutants and measuring microbial conversion activities in soil/groundwater. Applying Direct Push probing, MFCs will be installed in the contaminated soil/groundwater to different depths for monitoring pollutants and bioactivity in the field. Key parameters in MFC operation will be investigated using known chemicals and real samples. Electrical current and corresponding concentration of contaminant obtained from MFC will be compared with the values analyzed by selected conventional method under ex-situ conditions.