Environmental Microbiology - Advances in microbial fuel cells

Thursday, August 16, 2012: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Meeting Room 9-10, Columbia Hall, Terrace Level (Washington Hilton)
Enrico Marsili
Electroactive biofilms (EABs) are heterogeneous microbial community that conserve energy through extracellular electron transfer to solid surfaces and electrodes. The session will focus on EABs and their application to bioelectricity production in Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs). In the first part, the speakers will report recent fundamental advances in EAB characterization through direct electrochemistry and microbiological methods. In the second part, the focus will be on MFCs for wastewater treatment and bioremediation, both at laboratory and pilot plant scale.

2:00 PM
Using electrochemistry to study microbial electron transport in electrode biofilms for optimal catalytic current
Sarah M. Glaven1, Rachel M. Snider2 and Leonard M. Tender1, (1)Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, (2)National Research Council, Washington, DC
2:30 PM
Electron transfer mechanism in Shewanella loihica PV- 4 biofilms formed at indium tin oxide and graphite electrodes
Monica Epifanio1, Anand Jain2 and Enrico Marsili1, (1)School of Biotechnology, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, (2)National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
A metabolic model representing the microbial community in the anode of a microbial fuel cell
Claudio Avignone Rossa1, Nelli Beecroft1, Alex Neocleous2, Lucy Howes2, John R. Varcoe2, Alfred E. Thumser3 and Robert C.T. Slade2, (1)Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, (2)Department of Chemistry, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, (3)Department of Biochemistry and Physiology, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
4:00 PM
MFC biofilm growth rates and power production
John Greenman, School of Life Sciences,, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom, Pablo Ledezma, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Universities of Bristol and of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom and Ioannis Ieropoulos, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
4:30 PM
Scaling-up microbial fuel cell technologies: from lab to the field
Douglas F. Call, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY and Bruce E. Logan, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
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