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Engineering materials and biology to boost performance of microbial fuel cells: a critical review

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Abstract

In less than a decade the levels of performance of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) in terms of current output, voltage, and power density have grown tremendously according to steady exponential trends. Achievements occurred over the past 2–3 years have been particularly impressive. This is due partly to a better understanding of the biological aspects of this multidisciplinary technology, but also to systematic work undertaken by several research groups worldwide aimed at improving and optimizing aspects related to materials and system configuration. Aim of this review is to outline the current perspective about MFCs by focusing on the recent major advances in the areas of materials and engineering. MFCs are promising devices to address sustainability concerns both in terrestrial and space applications.

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The article was received on 16 Apr 2008, accepted on 21 Jul 2008 and first published on 04 Aug 2008


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B806498A
Energy Environ. Sci., 2008,1, 417-429

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    Engineering materials and biology to boost performance of microbial fuel cells: a critical review

    A. Rinaldi, B. Mecheri, V. Garavaglia, S. Licoccia, P. Di Nardo and E. Traversa, Energy Environ. Sci., 2008, 1, 417
    DOI: 10.1039/B806498A

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