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Microbial Fuel Cell

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Environmental damage, depleting fossil fuels and energy security are major factors driving intensive research efforts to develop carbon neutral or carbon negative technologies which can be used to produce electricity and chemicals. Technologies under development to achieve this goal include those based on bioelectrochemical, biological, thermal and chemical processes. Evolving technologies employing biological as well as electrochemical principles are grouped in the bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) category. The main focus of this chapter is on biocathodes used in BESs.


Dr. Srimanta Ray was a visiting research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada during preparation of this manuscript. Financial contribution for Dr. Ray’s associateship was provided by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program provided funding to support Mr. Vignesh Prakasam. Funding to support Ms. Fatemeh Bagh was provided by the Ontario Trillium foundation.

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