OJAB  Vol.1 No.3 , November 2012
A Microfluidic Reactor for Energy Applications
ABSTRACT

Miniature microbial fuel cells have recently drawn lots of attention as portable power generation devices due to their short startup time and environmentally-friendly process which could be used for powering small integrated biosensors. We designed and fabricated a microbial fuel cell in a microfluidic platform. The device was made in polydimethylsiloxane with a volume of 4 μL and consisted of two carbon cloth electrodes and proton exchange membrane. Shewanella Oneidensis MR-1 was chosen to be the electrogenic bacterial strain and inoculated into the anode chamber. Ferricyanide was used as the catholyte and pumped into the cathode chamber at a constant flow rate during the experiment. The mi- niature microbial fuel cell generated a maximum current of 2.59 μA and had a significantly short startup time.



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Wagner, L. , Yang, J. , Ghobadian, S. , Montazami, R. and Hashemi, N. (2012) A Microfluidic Reactor for Energy Applications. Open Journal of Applied Biosensor, 1, 21-25. doi: 10.4236/ojab.2012.13003.
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