'Catalysis for Biological Fuel Cells'

Series Name Interdisciplinary Research Lectures
Speaker Dr Petra Cameron, University of Bath
Type Lectures & Talks
Starts at Nov 19, 2015 05:00 PM
Ends at Nov 19, 2015 06:00 PM
Venue Lecture Theatre A, Ground Floor, Physics and Astronomy Building
Open To Public
For Bookings Contact Registration required for the drinks reception. Email: natsci@le.ac.uk or Tel: 0116 252 3506

Microbial fuels cells (MFC) are devices that use bacteria to catalyse the break-down of organic matter to generate electrons and carbon dioxide.

Photo-microbial fuel cells (p-MFC) are related devices that contain photosynthetic organisms (algae or cyanobacteria) in the anodic chamber.  In p-MFC, light and essential trace elements are provided to the cells but it is not necessary to ‘feed’ them organic matter.

p-MFC can produce power both under illumination (when CO2 is being reduced) and in the dark when the cells respire.  Unlike the majority of MFC, p-MFC can operate in the presence of oxygen in the anode.

In this presentation MFC and p-MFC will be introduced and the role of catalysts in every part of the devices will be discussed.

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