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Microbial Fuel Cell-Based Biosensors

by 1, 2,* and 1,*
School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
Systems Biotechnology Group, Department of Solar Materials, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research—UFZ, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
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Biosensors 2019, 9(3), 92;
Received: 15 June 2019 / Revised: 19 July 2019 / Accepted: 22 July 2019 / Published: 23 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dedication to TUT President Isao Karube: Microbial Biosensors)
The microbial fuel cell (MFC) is a promising environmental biotechnology that has been proposed mainly for power production and wastewater treatment. Though small power output constrains its application for directly operating most electrical devices, great progress in its chemical, electrochemical, and microbiological aspects has expanded the applications of MFCs into other areas such as the generation of chemicals (e.g., formate or methane), bioremediation of contaminated soils, water desalination, and biosensors. In recent decades, MFC-based biosensors have drawn increasing attention because of their simplicity and sustainability, with applications ranging from the monitoring of water quality (e.g., biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), toxicants) to the detection of air quality (e.g., carbon monoxide, formaldehyde). In this review, we summarize the status quo of MFC-based biosensors, putting emphasis on BOD and toxicity detection. Furthermore, this review covers other applications of MFC-based biosensors, such as DO and microbial activity. Further, challenges and prospects of MFC-based biosensors are briefly discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: microbial fuel cells; biosensors; environmental monitoring; BOD; toxicity microbial fuel cells; biosensors; environmental monitoring; BOD; toxicity
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