Self sustainable cathodes for Microbial Fuel Cells

Self Sustainable Cathodes

EPSRC Grant No: CAF EP-I004653/1

Project Aims

  • Further research and development of the cathode electrode in Microbial Fuel Cell to improve the overall MFC performance.
  • Optimisation of the running conditions for efficient oxygenation at the cathode electrode with minimum energy requirements.
  • Testing of individual MFC designs, different electrode materials with the use of algal and photosynthetic bacteria species.

Project Objectives

  • To produce a self sustainable MFC based on algal cathode in order to improve overall MFC performance for stacking.
  • Light driven MFC cathodes incorporated in MFC stacks produce excess algal mass that can be utilised as fuel in the anode.
  • Chemical catalysts in the cathodic side as a metric for comparison. Explore new electrode, electrode treatment, electrode coating and wiring materials and their potential for use in our set up.

Expected Outcome or Outcome/Project Goal

  • Development of more sustainable MFC stack system for the use in BRL’s autonomous robots.

Theme Leader

Contact Details

Iwona Gajda
PhD student in MFC 
Bristol BioEnergy Centre
Bristol Robotics Laboratory
University of the West of England
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol, BS16 1QY

iwona.gajda@uwe.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 117 328 6350

Project Supervisors

Page last updated 14 August 2014

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