Progress and Recent Trends in Microbial Fuel Cells - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444640178

Progress and Recent Trends in Microbial Fuel Cells

1st Edition

Authors: Patit Kundu Kingshuk Dutta
Paperback ISBN: 9780444640178
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 312
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Description

Microbial fuel cell, as a potential alternative energy harnessing device, has been progressing rapidly towards fruitful commercialization. Involvement of polymeric membranes has been one of the most critical factors towards achieving this progress. Added applications of MFCs in areas of bio-sensor development, bio-hydrogen production and waste-water treatment have made this technology extremely attractive and important. Progress and Recent Trends in Microbial Fuel Cells aims at providing an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals, working principles and advancements (including commercialization aspects) made in the field of MFC research, with critical analyses and opinions from experts around the world. In addition, special attention is given to the area of electrolyte membranes and membrane electrode assemblies for application in MFCs.

Key Features

  • Reviews and compares MFCs with other alternative energy harnessing devices, particularly in comparison to other fuel cells
  • Analyses developments of electrolyte membranes, particularly polymer based, as a critical component of MFCs responsible for its present and future progress
  • Includes commercial aspects of MFCs in terms of (i) generation of electricity, (ii) bio-hydrogen production, (iii) waste-water and sludge treatment and (iv) bio-sensing

Readership

Chemists and biochemical engineering students and researchers in alternative energy, fuel cell, microbial fuel cell, membranes, waste-water treatment, bio-sensors and bio-hydrogen

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Performance Trends and Status of MFCs
3. Configurations of MFCs
4. Nafion-Based Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for MFCs
5. Other Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for MFCs
6. Ceramic Membranes for MFCs
7. Bipolar Membranes for MFCs
8. Electrodes for MFCs
9. Catalysts for MFCs
10. Biocatalysts for MFCs
11. Catalyst Supporting Matrices for MFCs
12. Fuels for MFCs
13. Exoelectrogens for MFCs
14. Biofilm Formation within MFCs
15. Genetic Approaches for Improving Performance of MFCs
16. Kinetics and Mass Transfer within MFCs
17. Microbial Electrolysis Cell for Hydrogen Production
18. Wastewater Treatment Based on MFCs
19. Microbial Desalination Cell and Other Related Areas
20. Other Technologies Based on MFCs
21. Commercialization Aspects of MFCs
22. Conclusions and Outlook

Details

No. of pages:
312
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier 2018
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier
Paperback ISBN:
9780444640178

About the Author

Patit Kundu

Dr. Patit Paban Kundu is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee, India, since 2016. After completing his B. Sc. In Chemistry (1986), and B. Tech. (1989) and M. Tech. (1992) in Plastics and Rubber Technology from University of Calcutta, he joined the group of Prof. D. K. Tripathy at the Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur’s Rubber Technology Center for carrying out his doctoral research. Following his Ph. D. in 1997, he joined as a faculty in the Department of Chemical Technology, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, India. Then he joined as a Professor in the Department of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, India, in 2008. He did his post-doctoral studies in South Korea at the Inha University with Prof. S. Choe (2001-2002) and at the Yonsei University with Prof. Y. G. Shul (2006), and in USA at the Iowa State University with Prof. R. C. Larock (2003). He is a Polymer chemist and technologist, and has been actively working in the field of fuel cells as one of his areas of expertise. Till date, he has published about 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has also contributed to 8 book chapters and numerous conference proceedings. His interest in fuel cells include microbial, direct methanol and hydrogen fuel cells, and spans from finding novel materials for fabricating membranes, electrodes, catalysts and catalyst supports to designing of membrane electrode assemblies and flow channels. He has also successfully undertaken various national level projects in areas including microbial and direct methanol fuel cells.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee, India

Kingshuk Dutta

Dr. Kingshuk Dutta has obtained his B. Sc. Degree in Chemistry in 2006, and B. Tech. (in 2009) and M. Tech. (in 2011) degrees in Polymer Science and Technology from University of Calcutta. Following which he worked as a Project Assistant (level III) at the National Chemical Laboratory, India (2011-2012), and as a Senior Research fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur (2012). He then carried out his doctoral study in the group of Prof. P. P. Kundu (2012-2016), as a CSIR – Senior Research Fellow, Department of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, India. He is currently working a DST-SERB National Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur. His area of interest lies in the field of polymers (especially, conducting polymers) and fuel cells, including microbial, direct methanol and hydrogen fuel cells. He has contributed to several papers, reviews, book chapters and presentations on the topic of fuel cells.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur, India