Office of Undergraduate Research

Development Of An Air-Cathode Microbial Fuel Cell For Bioenergy Production And Wastewater Treatment

The objective of this project is to develop a lab prototype air-cathode microbial fuel cell (MFC) powering small electronic device for demonstration.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The undergraduate research assistant will carry out the project and have the following tasks and responsibilities: (1) Literature study - basic knowledge about environmental biotechnology and basic theory of microbial fuel cell (microbiology, electrochemistry and engineering); (2) Weekly meeting with the advisor - discussing experimental progress and the problems that they encounter during literature study or experimental test; (3) Experimental setup and operation - reactor setup and pump connection, prepare feed solution, perform routing test (measurement of pH, chemical oxygen demand, electric current output, temperature, nutrient and so on),and data analysis; and (4) Research presentation - prepare posters at the end of the project.