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FP7-PEOPLE - 2010 - IEF Marie-Curie Action:
"Intra-European fellowships for career development"

  • Project title
              BEC-ME - Microbial Electrochemical Cells with modified electrode based on "forest" like carbon nanotube (CNTs)
               and CNT-conducting polymers nanocomposites.
  • Funding
              Marie Curie Actions - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)
               (november 2011 - october 2013)
  • Project summary
              Microbial electrochemical cells (MECs) are an exciting new technology for renewable and sustainable hydrogen production from biowaste and efficient wastewater treatment. MECs are bio-electrochemical reactors in which the chemical energy stored in organic substrates is converted directly into electrical energy or hydrogen (or even other organic products) through immobilized microbial catalysts, usually termed electroactive biofilms (EAB). Improvements in electron transfer at the microorganisms/electrode interface and overall electroactivity of EABs are among the key scientific challenges to enable increased MEC output and to enable their cost-effective implementation in wastewater and other treatment plants. A possible solution is the development of biocompatible advanced materials for electrodes that will enable efficient “wiring” of EAB to the electrode.
              This project will focus on development of novel carbon based electrode materials for implementation in Microbial Electrolysis Cells (MECs). The new electrodes will have high surface area and biocompatibility and support a fully active EAB, thereby increasing extracellular electron transfer and power (or hydrogen) output.
              The project is collaboration between Prof Keith Scott (Newcastle University) and Dr. Aurelia Anca Dumitru (University of Bucharest).
              Overall, the results of the project could be of enormous global environmental benefit through optimization of MEC as well as economic benefit by reducing cost for existing wastewater treatment systems and sustainable hydrogen gas production from organic feedstock.