A single chamber packed bed microbial fuel cell biosensor for measuring organic content of wastewater

Mirella Di Lorenzo, Tom P Curtis, Ian M Head, Sharon B Velasquez-Orta, Keith Scott

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Abstract

This study reports an investigation of the effect of the anode surface area on the performance of a single chamber microbial fuel cell (SCMFC) based biosensor for measuring the organic content of wastewater. A packed bed of graphite granules was used as the anode. The surface area of the anode was changed by altering the granule bed thickness (0.3 cm and 1 cm). The anode surface area was found to play a role in the dynamic response of the system. For a granule bed thickness of 1 cm and with an external resistance of 500 W, the response time (defined as the time required to achieve 95% of the steady-state current) was reduced by approximately 65% in comparison to a SCMFC biosensor with a carbon cloth anode.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2879-2887
Number of pages9
JournalWater Science & Technology
Volume60
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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