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dc.contributor.authorJana, Partha Sarathi
dc.contributor.authorGhangrekar, Makarand Madhao
dc.contributor.authorLeech, Dónal
dc.identifier.citationJana, Partha Sarathi, Ghangrekar, Makarand Madhao, & Leech, Dónal. (2018). Comparison of performance of an earthen plate and nafion as membrane separators in dual chamber microbial fuel cells. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 17(2), 451-459.en_IE
dc.description.abstractThe performance of microbial fuel cells (MFC) employing an earthen plate as a membrane separator is compared to that using Nafion 117 in an identical up-flow dual-chambered cylindrical cell configuration. The MFC configuration is of a cylindrical outer cathode chamber separated by the membrane from a concentric rectangular inner anode chamber. The fuel cells, operated under continuous mode at hydraulic retention time of 12 hr, achieved average chemical oxygen demand removal efficiency of 60% and 48%, for the Nafion and earthen plate separators, respectively. The microbial fuel cells based on the earthen plate separator generated slightly lower average (28%) and maximum (48%) power densities than Nafion separator which is likely due to the higher membrane resistance. The earthen plate separator is 99% cheaper than the Nafion membrane, showing promise as an alternate separator for application to MFC technology.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipSupport for this research was provided by a Charles Parsons Energy Research Award through Science Foundation Ireland.en_IE
dc.publisherUniversitatea Tehnica "Gheorghe Asachi" Iasi. Editura Politehnium, Romaniaen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofEnvironmental Engineering And Management Journalen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.subjectchemical oxygen demanden_IE
dc.subjectearthen plateen_IE
dc.subjectmicrobial fuel cellen_IE
dc.subjectpower densityen_IE
dc.subjectproton exchange membraneen_IE
dc.titleComparison of performance of an earthen plate and nafion as membrane separators in dual chamber microbial fuel cellsen_IE
dc.contributor.funderScience Foundation Irelanden_IE
dc.local.contactDonal Leech, School Of Chemistry, Room C228 Arts/Science Building, University Road, Nui Galway. 5349 Email:

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