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A Microfluidic Reactor for Energy Applications
Open Journal of Applied Biosensor
  • Luke T. Wagner, Iowa State University
  • Jie Yang, Iowa State University
  • Susan Ghobadian, Tarbiat Modares University
  • Reza Montazami, Iowa State University
  • Nicole N. Hashemi, Iowa State University
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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.

This article is from Open Journal of Applied Biosensor 1 (2012): 21, doi:10.4236/ojab.2012.13003. Posted with permission.

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Luke T. Wagner, Jie Yang, Susan Ghobadian, Reza Montazami, et al.. "A Microfluidic Reactor for Energy Applications" Open Journal of Applied Biosensor Vol. 1 Iss. 3 (2012) p. 21 - 25
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