Special Issue "Microbial Electrochemical Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018).
Interests: bioelectrochemical systems; resource recovery; environmental engineering; electrochemical engineering and materials
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Interests: bioelectrochemical systems; environmental engineering; electrochemical materials
Interests: fuel cells; membrane materials; environmental electrochemical engineering
Over a century ago in 1911, UK scientist M.C. Potter first discovered the concept of electricity production from bacteria decomposing organic compounds by generating electricity using E. coli . After a century, due to increased economic growth and development, there are gaps between energy and resource demands and the availability of fossil fuels and nature resources. Innovative technologies are urgently needed to increase sustainability with renewable energies, waste, and resource recovery. The development of microbial-electrochemical systems (MES) represents a new approach for harvesting electricity from waste and biomass , has attracted numerous interests resulted in large quantity of research projects and publications in the area in the past decade.
MES mainly include microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) both using electrogenic microorganisms on the anode. Microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology combines the developments in the biotechnology and fuel cell technology. The major difference between MFC and other types of fuel cells is the catalysts used. Instead of expensive noble metal or other chemical catalysts, microorganisms, such as bacteria and yeasts, are used. Microbial electrochemical system (MES) combining waste treatment and extracting energy and recovering resources from waste is a promising technology for sustainable chemical and fuel production, and will have positive impact on the environment and society.
As a multidisciplinary research area, research on MES involves a wide range of topics across different disciplines including and not limited to microbiology, electrochemistry, materials and process integration. Due to the limitation on energy production from MFCs, the focus of the research in MES area has a shift to applying the technology to various applications, such as metal recovery, hydrogen production and microbial electrochemical synthesis of organic compounds from CO2, as well as using MFC technology for monitoring organic and pollutant concentrations.
With this Special Issue, we hope to showcase the latest development in the MES areas, and also provide the insight on the development trend and perspectives for this research area.
Dr. Eileen Yu
Dr. Annemiek ter Heijne
Dr. Xu Wang
Dr. Jean-Marie Fontmorin
 Potter, M. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Containing Papers of A Biological Character (1905–1934); Royal Society: London, UK, 1911; Volume 84, pp. 260–276.
 Logan, B.E.; Murano, C.; Scott,K.; Gray, N.D.; Head, I.M.. Electricity generation from cysteine in a microbial fuel cell. Water Res. 2005, 39, 942–952.
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microbial electrochemical systems
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