About this Research Topic
Microbial Electrochemical Systems (MES), such as Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC), Microbial Electrolysis Cells (MEC), and Microbial Desalination Cells (MDC), have been extensively studied as global warming and energy crisis become major concerns worldwide. Technologies like MFC and MEC convert waste biomass directly to electricity, hydrogen, or other value-added products thanks to the catalytic behavior of some specific microbes, named anode respiring bacteria (ARB), electroactive bacteria (EAB), or exoelectrogen, which can transfer electrons outside their outer membrane during the respiration process.
The aim of this Research Topic is to improve the performance and solve critical bottlenecks in engineering Microbial Electrochemical Systems (like MFC, MEC, MDC, microbial electrochemical biosensors etc.) by the development and use of emerging technologies such as nanofabrication, advanced materials, etc., with the overall aim to bring MES closer to commercialization and mass adoption. As in many cases the output voltages and currents from MFC are low and cannot be directly connected to loads, we will also cover their power management electronics.
We welcome the submission of original research articles, reviews, mini-reviews, and perspectives related, but is not restricted to the following topics:
• Emerging technologies on microbial fuel cells;
• Emerging technologies on microbial electrolysis cells;
• Emerging technologies on microbial desalination cells;
• Emerging technologies on microbial electrochemical biosensors;
• Applications of microbial electrochemical technologies;
• Emerging technologies for power management circuits for microbial fuel cells;
• Advances for microbial electrochemical technology policies.
Keywords: Microbial Electrochemical Systems, Microbial Fuel Cells, Microbial Electrochemical Cells, Anode-respiring bacteria (ARB), Extracellular Electron Transfer
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