Integrated Microbial Fuel Cells for Wastewater Treatment

Integrated Microbial Fuel Cells for Wastewater Treatment

1st Edition - April 10, 2020

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  • Authors: Rouzbeh Abbassi, Asheesh Kumar Yadav, Faisal Khan, Vikram Garaniya
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128174944
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128174937

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Current wastewater treatment technologies are not sustainable simply due to their high operational costs and process inefficiency. Integrated Microbial Fuel Cells for Wastewater Treatment is intended for professionals who are searching for an innovative method to improve the efficiencies of wastewater treatment processes by exploiting the potential of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) technology. The book is broadly divided into four sections. It begins with an overview of the "state of the art" bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) as well as the fundamentals of MFC technology and its potential to enhance wastewater treatment efficiencies and reduce electricity generation cost. In section two, discusses the integration, installation, and optimization of MFC into conventional wastewater treatment processes such as activated sludge process, lagoons, constructed wetlands, and membrane bioreactors. Section three outlines integrations of MFCs into other wastewater processes. The final section provides explorative studies of MFC integrated systems for large scale wastewater treatment and the challenges which are inherent in the upscaling process.

Key Features

  • Clearly describes the latest techniques for integrating MFC into traditional wastewater treatment processes such as activated sludge process, lagoons, constructed wetlands, and membrane bioreactors
  • Discusses the fundamentals of bioelectrochemical systems for degrading the contaminants from the municipal and industrial wastewater
  • Covers methods for the optimization of integrated systems


Environmental Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Process Engineers, Engineers in Renewable Energy Systems

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Application to Industrial Wastewater treatment
    3. Microbial electrochemical treatment of heavy metals
    4. Textile Wastewater Treatment using Microbial Fuel Cell and coupled systems: A Green Approach for Detoxification and Bioelectricity generation
    5. Agro-industrial wastewater with MFCs
    6. Pharmaceutical wastewater treatment in microbial fuel cells
    7. Bioelectrochemical system for treating oilfield and petrochemical wastewater for sustainable energy generation
    8. Bioelectrochemical systems for Stormwater Treatment and Energy Valorisation Processes
    9. Treatment of food processing and beverage industry wastewaters in MFCIntegration of MFC with other wastewater treatment processes
    10. Microbial fuel cell integrated algal bioreactor for sustainable wastewater treatment
    11. Integration of bio-electrochemical systems with other existing wastewater treatment processes
    12. An overview on membrane bioreactor coupled bioelectrochemical systems
    13. The effects of MFC integration on constructed wetlands
    14. Microbial fuel cells coupled with anaerobic treatment process for wastewater treatment
    15. Integration of MECs with AD to treat beer industry wastewater
    16. Large-Scale MFC: Potentials and Challenge

Product details

  • No. of pages: 392
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2020
  • Published: April 10, 2020
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128174944
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128174937

About the Authors

Rouzbeh Abbassi

Dr. Rouzbeh Abbassi has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. He obtained his doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering from Memorial University, Canada. He spent four years as postdoctoral Research Fellow at Memorial University and Princeton University, USA focusing on integrating water/wastewater treatment processes with risk models to predict the environmental impact of these processes. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental, Safety and Risk Engineering at the School of Engineering at Macquarie University.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Asheesh Kumar Yadav

Dr. Asheesh K. Yadav is working as Principal Scientist at CSIR- Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar. He did M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and M.Tech. in Environmental Science and Engineering. He earned a doctoral degree from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India and did his Postdoctoral Research from Princeton University, USA. He has worked as Indo-American Research Professor at Princeton University, Princeton, USA; Erasmus Mundus Scholar (European Union) at various Universities in Germany, Poland, and Sweden. He has an adjunct position at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Environment and Sustainability Department, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar, India

Faisal Khan

Faisal Khan is a Professor and the Canada Research Chair (Tier I) of Offshore Safety and Risk Engineering. He is the founder of the Centre for Risk Integrity and Safety and Engineering (C-RISE), and Director Designate of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. His areas of research interest include offshore safety and risk engineering, inherent safety, risk management, and risk-based integrity assessment and management. He is actively involved with multinational oil and gas industries on the issue of safety and asset integrity. In 2006, he spent eight months as a risk and integrity expert with Lloyd’s Register, a risk management organization in UK. He also served as the Safety and Risk Advisor to Government of Newfoundland, Canada. He continues to serve as a subject matter expert to many organisations that include Lloyd’s Register EMEA, SBM Modco, Intecsea, Technip, and Qatar-gas. In 2008-10, he visited Qatar University and Qatar-gas LNG Company as the Process Safety and Risk Management Research Chair. In 2012-14 he served as a Visiting Professor of Offshore and Marine Engineering at Australian Maritime College (AMC), University of Tasmania, Australia where he led the development of offshore safety and risk engineering group and the initiative of global engagements with many international institutions. He is the recipient of President Outstanding Research Award of 2012-13 at Memorial University, CSChE National Award on Process Safety Management of 2014, President Outstanding Research Supervision Award of 2013-14 at Memorial University, and recently Society of Petroleum Engineer award for his contribution in Health, Safety and Risk Engineering. He has authored over 500 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences on safety, risk and reliability engineering. He has authored five books on the subject area. He is the Editor for the Journal of Process Safety and Environmental Protection, Process Safety Progress, and ASME Part A (Risk and Uncertainty Analysis). He regularly offers training program/workshop on safety and risk engineering in different places including St John’s, Chennai, Dubai, Beijing, Aberdeen, Cape Town, Doha and Kuala Lumpur

Affiliations and Expertise

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Centre for Risk Integrity and Safety Engineering (C-RISE), St John's, Canada

Vikram Garaniya

Dr. Vikram Garaniya completed a BE (Chemical) from India and MEngSci from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He graduated with a PhD in Engineering from the University of Tasmania (UTAS) in 2010, where he has been a teaching/research-active academic based at the specialist institute, the Australian Maritime College (AMC). Currently, he is the Acting Director for the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics (NCMEH) and Associate Head of Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Australian Maritime College, College of Sciences and Engineering, University of Tasmania, Launceston, TAS, Australia

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