Effect of Two Anodic Materials and RuxMoySez as a Cathode Catalyst on the Performance of Two Singlw Chamber Microbial Fuel Cells

Effect of Two Anodic Materials and RuxMoySez as a Cathode Catalyst on the Performance of Two Singlw Chamber Microbial Fuel Cells

A.L. Vázquez-Larios O. Solorza-Feria R. de G. González-Huerta M.T.Ponce-Noyola J. Barrera-Cortés N. Rinderknecht-Seijas H. M. Poggi-Varaldo

Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Depto. Biotecnología y Bioingeniería, Environmental Biotechnology and Renewable Energy R&D Group, Apdo. Postal 14-740, 07000 México D.F., México

Depto. Química, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, México D.F., México

ESIQIE-IPN, Laboratorio de Foto-electrocatálisis, UPALM, CP 07738 México D.F., México

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15 November 2012
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4 January 2013
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The objectives of this work were to evaluate (i) the application of a bimetallic chalcogenide, RuxMoySez, as an oxygen reduc-

tion reaction (ORR) catalyst and (ii) the effect of the type of two anodic materials on the performance of two microbial fuel cells (MFCs). A single chamber MFC-T was built with a plexiglass cylinder, the two extreme circular faces were fitted with PEM-cathode assemblage, i.e., left and right faces. The anode consisted of 65 small triangular pieces of graphite filling the anodic chamber. A second MFC-C had a ‘sandwich’ arrangement anode-PEM-cathode. The cathodes were made of flexible carbon-cloth containing catalysts loading of 1mg/cm2 RuxMoySez or 0.5mg/cm2 Pt. Power derived by cell T with cathode chalcogenide catalyst was 43% inferior to that of a similar cell with Pt although the cost of the first catalyst is significantly lower than that of Pt, i.e., 73% lower. Finally, application of graphite anode made of small triangular pieces significantly improved the performance of a MFC-T that used RuxMoySez as a cathodic catalyst for ORR.


anodic material; carbon cloth; chalcogenide; graphite; internal resistance; microbial fuel cell; series;parallel

1. Introduction
2. Materials and Methods
3. Results and Discussion
4. Conclusion
5. Acknowledgements

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