Microbial Fuel Cells: Materials and Applications


Microbial fuel cells are very promising as renewable energy sources. In addition to electricity generation, microbial fuel cells can be used for wastewater treatment, desalination and biofuel production. The book addresses characterization techniques and operating conditions of microbial fuel cells, as well as the usefulness of various types of anode and cathode materials.


Microbial Fuel Cells – Materials and Applications
Eds. Inamuddin, Mohammad Faraz Ahmer, Abdullah M. Asiri
Materials Research Foundations Vol. 46
Publication Date 2019, 364 Pages
Print ISBN 978-1-64490-010-9 (release date March 15th, 2019)
ePDF ISBN 978-1-64490-011-6
DOI: 10.21741/9781644900116

Microbial fuel cells are very promising as renewable energy sources. They are based on the direct conversion of organic or inorganic materials to electricity by utilizing microorganisms as catalysts. These cells are well suited for applications that require only low power, e.g. ultracapacitors, toys, electronic gadgets, meteorological buoys, remote sensors, digital wristwatches, smartphones and hardware in space and robots. In addition to electricity generation, microbial fuel cells can be used for wastewater treatment, desalination and biofuel production. The book addresses characterization techniques and operating conditions of microbial fuel cells, as well as the usefulness of various types of anode and cathode materials.

Microbial Fuel Cells, Renewable Energy Sources, Biocatalysts, Wastewater Treatment, Desalination, Biofuel Production, Micropower Generation, Microalgae, Carbon Nanotube Anodes, Carbon Nanotube Cathodes, Biofuel Production from Food Waste, Microbial Desalination Cells, Microbial Ethanol Production, Microbial Propanol Production


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Table of Contents

Microalgae–Microbial Fuel Cell
Sabeela Beevi Ummalyma, Dinabandhu Sahoo, Ashok Pandey, Kooloth Valapil Prajeesh

The Progress of Microalgae Biofuel Cells
Rajesh K. Srivastava

Microbial Fuel Cell Operating Conditions
Naveen Patel, Dhananjai Rai, MD. Zafar Ali Khan, Shivam Soni, Umesh Mishra, Biswanath Bhunia

Microbial Fuel Cells Characterization
Fatma Aydin Unal, Mehmet Harbi Calimli, Hakan Burhan, Fatma Sismanoglu, Busra Yalcın, Fatih Şen

Paper-Based Microbial Fuel Cell
Suruchee Samparnna Mishra, Swaraj Mohanty, Sonali Mohapatra

Carbon Nanotube Based Anodes and Cathodes for Microbial Fuel Cells
Naveen Patel, Dhananjai Rai, Deepak Chauhan, Shraddha Shahane, Umesh Mishra, Biswanath Bhunia

Use of Carbon-Nanotube Based Materials in Microbial Fuel Cells
Hakan Burhan, Gazi Yilmaz, Ahmet Zeytun, Harbi Calimli, Fatih Sen

Biofuel Production from Food Processing Waste
Nivedita Sharma, Kanika Sharma, Neha Kaushal, Ranjana Sharma

Microbial Desalination Cell: An Integrated Technology for Desalination, Wastewater Treatment and Renewable Energy Generation
V.R.V. Ashwaniy, M. Perumalsamy

Biofuels from Food Processing Wastes
Rouf Ahmad Dar, Mudasir Yaqoob, Manisha Parmar, Urmila Gupta Phutela

Microbial Fuel Cell for the Treatment of Wastewater
Dibyajyoti Haldar, Mriganka Sekhar Manna, Dwaipayan Sen, Tridib Kumar Bhowmick, Kalyan Gayen

Microbial Production of Ethanol
Khush Bakhat Alia, Ijaz Rasul, Farrukh Azeem, Sabir Hussain, Muhammad Hussnain Siddique, Saima Muzammil, Muhammad Riaz, Amna Bari, Sehrish Liaqat, Habibullah Nadeem

Microbial Production of Propanol
Mehmet Gülcan, Fulya Gülbağça, Kubra Sevval Cevik, Remziye Kartop, Fatih Şen



About the editor

Dr. Inamuddin is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is a permanent faculty member (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Applied Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. He obtained the Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from Chaudhary Charan Singh (CCS) University, Meerut, India, in 2002. He received his Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Applied Chemistry from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), India, in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He has extensive research experience in multidisciplinary fields of Analytical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, and Electrochemistry and, more specifically, Renewable Energy and Environment. He has worked on different research projects as project fellow and senior research fellow funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India, and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India. He has received the Fast Track Young Scientist Award from the Department of Science and Technology, India, to work in the area of bending actuators and artificial muscles. He has completed four major research projects sanctioned by the University Grant Commission, Department of Science and Technology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and Council of Science and Technology, India. He has published 133 research articles in international journals of repute and eighteen book chapters in knowledge-based book editions published by renowned international publishers. He has published forty two edited books with Springer, United Kingdom, Elsevier, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. U.S.A., CRC Press Taylor & Francis Asia Pacific, Trans Tech Publications Ltd., Switzerland and Materials Research Forum LLC, U.S.A. He is the member of various editorial boards of journals and is serving as associate editor for journals such as Environmental Chemistry Letter, Applied Water Science, Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration, Springer-Nature, Frontiers Section Editor of Current Analytical Chemistry, published by Bentham Science Publishers, editorial board member for Scientific Reports-Nature and editor for Eurasian Journal of Analytical Chemistry. He has attended as well as chaired sessions in various international and national conferences. He has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow, leading a research team at the Creative Research Initiative Center for Bio-Artificial Muscle, Hanyang University, South Korea, in the field of renewable energy, especially biofuel cells. He has also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center of Research Excellence in Renewable Energy, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, in the field of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and computational fluid dynamics of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. He is a life member of the Journal of the Indian Chemical Society. His research interest includes ion exchange materials, a sensor for heavy metal ions, biofuel cells, supercapacitors and bending actuators.
Dr. Mohammad Faraz Ahmer is presently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Mewat Engineering College, Nuh Haryana, India, since 2012 after working as Guest Faculty in University Polytechnic, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh, India, during 2009-2011. He completed M.Tech. (2009) and Bachelor of Engineering (2007) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh in the first division. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in 2016 on his thesis entitled “Studies on Electrochemical Capacitor Electrodes”. He has published six research papers in reputed scientific journals. He has edited two books with Materials Research Forum LLC, U.S.A. His scientific interests include electrospun nano-composites and supercapacitors. He has presented his work at several conferences. He is actively engaged in searching of new methodologies involving the development of organic composite materials for energy storage systems.
Mohd Imran Ahamed is a Research Scholar at the Department of Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. He is working towards his Ph.D. thesis entitled Synthesis and characterization of inorganic-organic composite heavy metals selective cation-exchangers and their analytical applications. He has published several research and review articles in journals of international recognition. He has also edited three books published by Springer and Materials Research Forum LLC, U.S.A. He has completed his Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) at the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India, and Masters in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry) at the Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra, India. His research work includes ion exchange chromatography, wastewater treatment, and analysis, bending actuator and electrospinning.
Prof. Abdullah M. Asiri is the Head of the Chemistry Department at the King Abdulaziz University since October 2009 and he is the founder and the Director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research (CEAMR) since 2010 till date. He is the Professor of Organic Photochemistry. He graduated from King Abdulaziz University (KAU) with B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1990 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff, U.K. in 1995. His research interest covers color chemistry, synthesis of novel photochromic and thermochromic systems, synthesis of novel coloring matters and dyeing of textiles, materials chemistry, nanochemistry and nanotechnology, polymers and plastics. Prof. Asiri is the principal supervisors of more than 20 M.Sc. and six Ph.D. theses. He is the main author of ten books of different chemistry disciplines. Prof. Asiri is the Editor-in-Chief of King Abdulaziz University Journal of Science. A major achievement of Prof. Asiri is the discovery of tribochromic compounds, a new class of compounds which change from slightly or colorless to deep colored when subjected to small pressure or when grind. This discovery was introduced to the scientific community as a new terminology published by IUPAC in 2000. This discovery was awarded a patent from the European Patent office and from the UK patent. Prof. Asiri is involved in many committees at the KAU level and on the national level. He took a major role in the advanced materials committee working for KACST to identify the national plan for science and technology in 2007. Prof. Asiri played a major role in advancing the chemistry education and research in KAU. He has been awarded the best researchers from KAU for the past five years. He also awarded the Young Scientist Award from the Saudi Chemical Society in 2009 and also the first prize for the distinction in science from the Saudi Chemical Society in 2012. He futher received a recognition certificate from the American Chemical Society (Gulf region Chapter) for the advancement of chemical science in the Kingdome. He received a Scopus certificate for the most publishing scientist in Saudi Arabia in chemistry in 2008. He is a member of the editorial board of various journals of international repute. He is the Vice- President of the Saudi Chemical Society (Western Province Branch). He holds four USA patents, more than one thousand publications in international journals, several book chapters and edited books.