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Advances in Microbial Desalination Cells

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "D2: Electrochem: Batteries, Fuel Cells, Capacitors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 67

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: chemical and biological fuel cells, namely direct methanol and ethanol fuel cells; PEM fuel cells; microbial fuel cells and desalination fuel cells; mass transfer; mathematical modeling and electrochemical characterization techniques
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: PEM fuel cells; direct alcohol fuel cells; desalination fuel cells; microbial fuel cells; electrolyzers; hydrogen production and storage
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Finding engineering solutions for greener water treatment and power generation has been the focus of research in the last few years. Microbial desalination cells (MDCs) are a bioelectrochemical system that uses low-cost carbon sources as substrates and microorganisms to treat wastewater, perform desalination, and produce electricity. Therefore, MDCs offer the potential to overcome the challenges of water scarcity and renewable energy generation, addressing several SDGs. However, for their application, key challenges, such as microbial selection, scale-up, lower power outputs and durability, and higher costs, must be overcome. Additionally, compared to the existing desalination technologies, MDCs have lower desalination efficiency due to the lower current production rates of the bioelectrochemical systems. Addressing these challenges clearly demands an interdisciplinary approach to achieve sustainable improvements based on a systematic understanding of the biological, electrochemical, and transport phenomena controlling MDC behavior.

The major goal of this Special Issue is to delve deeper into understanding the different challenges of these systems and use this new knowledge to maximize electricity production (power output) and salt and chemical oxygen demand removal rates with lower costs in order to make this technology attractive to scale-up and to be used to simultaneously produce electricity, desalination, and wastewater treatment.

The topics of interest for publication include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Optimization of operation conditions;
  • Optimization of design conditions;
  • Modeling approaches;
  • Diagnostic techniques;
  • Durability and lifetime;
  • Economic evaluation;
  • Scale-up;
  • New materials;
  • Application.

Dr. Vânia B. Oliveira
Prof. Dr. Alexandra M.F.R. Pinto
Guest Editors

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  • microbial desalination cell (MDC)
  • design
  • optimization
  • desalination rate
  • wastewater treatment
  • power output

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