Enhancement of Power Generation in Microbial Fuel Cells (Mfcs) Using Iron/Copper Nanoparticles

Khaoula Bensaida, Omar Falyouna, Ibrahim Maamoun, Ramadhan Eljamal, Osama Eljamal

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In this study, a lab-scale microbial fuel cell (MFC) was constructed and power generation output was investigated for 45 days of operation. Nanoscale zerovalent iron (NZVI) and Iron/copper nanoparticles (Cu/NZVI) were added to the anode chamber of the MFC with a concentration of 10 mg/L and their effects were investigated on the MFC performance. Results showed that the maximal power output density values increased by 43.33 % using copper/iron nanoparticles compared to the control MFC. Anode chamber was examined, and results proved that conductivity increased by 13.68% and 23.62% using NZVI and Cu/NZVI, respectively. The chemical oxygen demand COD was tested, and the removal efficiency reached 38.88%, 38.26%, and 52.40% for control, NZVI, and Cu/NZVI MFCs, respectively after 45 days of operation. This study highlights the effect of nanoparticles technology on power generation from activated sludge using microbial fuel cells (MFCs).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-162
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of International Exchange and Innovation Conference on Engineering & Sciences (IEICES)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 22 2020


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