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    Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC)
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      A microbial fuel cell (MFC) generates an electrical current by bacteria converting chemical energy (fuel) into electrical energy. This chemical reaction occurs when fuel is oxidized by bacteria and free electrons are gained by this oxidation.

      Background Information

    • General priniciples of MFCs [View Resource]
    • Fuel Cell That Uses Bacteria To Generate Electricity [View Resource]
    • Microbial fuel cell - Wikipedia [View Resource]

      K-12 Experiments, Labs, Science Fair Projects

    • Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) Science Fair Projects and Experiments [View Experiment]
    • The Effect of Variable Microorganisms and pH on the Efficiency of a Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) [View Experiment]
    • Use a Microbial Fuel Cell to Create Electricity from Waste [View Experiment]
    • Building a Two-Chamber Microbial Fuel Cell [View Experiment]
    • Microbial fuel cell produces hydrogen from wastewater without wasting energy [View Experiment]
    • Microbial Fuel Cell Could Detect Non-Carbon Based Life: an experiment that can detect extraterrestrial lifeforms on the surface of other planets. [View Experiment]
    • Benthic Microbial Fuel Cells [View Experiment]
    • Microbial Fuel Cell Classroom Activities [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Labs, Studies and Articles

    • Microbial fuel cells from rhodopherax ferrireducens (an iron-reducing microorganism) [View Experiment]
    • Sustainable and efficient biohydrogen production via electrohydrogenesis [View Experiment]
    • Bioelectricity production by mediatorless microbial fuel cell under acidophilic condition using wastewater as substrate: Influence of substrate loading rate [View Experiment]
    • Electricity Generation in Microbial Fuel Cells Using Neutral Red as an Electronophore [View Experiment]
    • Microbial fuel cell energy from an ocean cold seep [View Experiment]
    • Marine microbial fuel cell: Use of stainless steel electrodes as anode and cathode materials [View Experiment]
    • Microbial Communities and Electrochemical Performance of Titanium-Based Anodic Electrodes in a Microbial Fuel Cell [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Power management for microbial fuel cells [View Thesis]
    • Improving the cathode of a Microbial Fuel Cell for efficient electricity production [View Thesis]
    • Operation of a direct-mode bioorganic fuel cell under the influence of an electromagnetic field [View Thesis]


    • Operation of microbial fuel cells (US Patent 4652501, 1987) [View Patent]
    • Bioelectrochemical electrodes (US Patent 5126034, 1992) [View Patent]
    • Mediator-less biofuel cell (US Patent 5976719, 1999) [View Patent]

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