Challenges in microbial fuel cell development and operation

Byung Hong Kim (Lead / Corresponding author), In Seop Chang, Geoffrey M. Gadd (Lead / Corresponding author)

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A microbial fuel cell (MFC) is a device that converts chemical energy into electricity through the catalytic activities of microorganisms. Although there is great potential of MFCs as an alternative energy source, novel wastewater treatment process, and biosensor for oxygen and pollutants, extensive optimization is required to exploit the maximum microbial potential. In this article, the main limiting factors of MFC operation are identified and suggestions are made to improve performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-494
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number3
Early online date27 Jun 2007
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


  • Bioenergy
  • Microbial fuel cell
  • Renewable energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Bioengineering
  • Microbiology (medical)


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