Special Issue "Catalysts for Microbial Fuel Cells"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrocatalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Barbara Mecheri Website E-Mail
Department of Chemical Science and Technologies, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
Interests: fuel cells; electrochemistry of energy conversion and storage devices; structure and transport properties in polymer electrolytes; electrocatalysis; bioelectrochemical systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fostering the transition towards a circular economy and sustainable development has recently been an urgent priority for governments, industry, and civil society worldwide. Scientific and technological innovation are essential to achieving the major breakthroughs in terms of energy-saving solutions, waste valorization, and the efficient integration of renewable resources. Thanks to the dual function of harvesting energy from waste and cleaning up waste from organic pollutants, microbial fuel cells (MFCs) provide a revolutionary answer to the global environmental challenges. However, several obstacles still limit the implementation of large scale MFC systems, including the high cost and poor stability of current electrodes and the complex nature of the biofilm–electrode interface. The development of low-cost, active and stable catalysts will contribute to MFC advancement, and the optimization of electrode interfaces under MFC working conditions is also of paramount importance. This Special Issue aims to collect the most recent contributions to the development of effective catalysts and electrodes for MFC, from the synthesis and characterization of platinum group metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reactions, the optimization of catalyst layers and electrode design, the investigation of mechanisms of microbe–electrode electron transfer, and the analysis of microbial communities developed at the electrode interfaces in MFC fed with different wastewaters.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Mecheri
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Oxygen reduction reaction
  • Multi-functional catalysts for ORR, OER, and HER
  • Platinum group metal-free catalysts
  • Nanostructured carbon-based catalysts
  • Bioelectrocalysis
  • Mechanisms of microbe–electrode electron transfer
  • Anodic and biocathodic microbial communities
  • Anode and cathode characterization and modeling
  • Cathode-promoted wastewater treatment
  • Optimization of catalyst layers and electrode design

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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