Electro-microbiology as a promising approach towards renewable energy and environmental sustainability

Ali, J., Sohail, A., Wang, L., Haider, M.R., Mulk, S. and Pan, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-0920-3018, 2018. Electro-microbiology as a promising approach towards renewable energy and environmental sustainability. Energies, 11 (7): 1822. ISSN 1996-1073

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Abstract

Microbial electrochemical technologies provide sustainable wastewater treatment and energy production. Despite significant improvements in the power output of microbial fuel cells (MFCs), this technology is still far from practical applications. Extracting electrical energy and harvesting valuable products by electroactive bacteria (EAB) in bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) has emerged as an innovative approach to address energy and environmental challenges. Thus, maximizing power output and resource recovery is highly desirable for sustainable systems. Insights into the electrode-microbe interactions may help to optimize the performance of BESs for envisioned applications, and further validation by bioelectrochemical techniques is a prerequisite to completely understand the electro-microbiology. This review summarizes various extracellular electron transfer mechanisms involved in BESs. The significant role of characterization techniques in the advancement of the electro-microbiology field is discussed. Finally, diverse applications of BESs, such as resource recovery, and contributions to the pursuit of a more sustainable society are also highlighted.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Energies
Creators: Ali, J., Sohail, A., Wang, L., Haider, M.R., Mulk, S. and Pan, G.
Publisher: MDPI
Date: 12 July 2018
Volume: 11
Number: 7
ISSN: 1996-1073
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10.3390/en11071822DOI
en11071822Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 03 Aug 2018 13:11
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2018 13:11
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34242

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