Effect of pre-treatment and biofouling of proton exchange membrane on microbial fuel cell performance

Mostafa Ghasemi, Wan Ramli Wan Daud, Manal Ismail, Mostafa Rahimnejad, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Jun Xing Leong, Madihah Miskan, Kien Ben Liew

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Abstract

Nafion® 117, as the most popular proton exchange membrane, has been studied with regards to the effect of pre-treatment and biofouling for bioelectricity production and wastewater treatment, in dual chamber microbial fuel cells. The obtained results showed that maximum generated power was obtained using pre-treated Nafion® 117, at approximately 100 mW/m2. However, maximum generated power for untreated Nafion ® 117 and biofouled Nafion® 117 were 52.8 mW/m2 and 20.9 mW/m2, respectively. Furthermore, the columbic efficiency of pre-treated Nafion® 117 was 2.32 and 4.15 times higher than untreated and biofouled Nafion® 117, respectively. Obtained results demonstrated that the pre-treatment of the proton exchange membrane is necessary to reach higher powers, and biofouling is a major obstacle for proton exchange membranes in dual chamber MFCs. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5480-5484
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume38
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

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Keywords

  • Biofouling
  • Microbial fuel cell
  • Pre-treatment of Nafion
  • Proton exchange membrane

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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Effect of pre-treatment and biofouling of proton exchange membrane on microbial fuel cell performance. / Ghasemi, Mostafa; Wan Daud, Wan Ramli; Ismail, Manal; Rahimnejad, Mostafa; Ismail, Ahmad Fauzi; Leong, Jun Xing; Miskan, Madihah; Ben Liew, Kien.

In: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 38, No. 13, 01.05.2013, p. 5480-5484.

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Ghasemi, Mostafa ; Wan Daud, Wan Ramli ; Ismail, Manal ; Rahimnejad, Mostafa ; Ismail, Ahmad Fauzi ; Leong, Jun Xing ; Miskan, Madihah ; Ben Liew, Kien. / Effect of pre-treatment and biofouling of proton exchange membrane on microbial fuel cell performance. In: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2013 ; Vol. 38, No. 13. pp. 5480-5484.
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