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Abstract

Electrospun Microtube Array Membranes (MTAMs) represent a novel new class of hollow fibers with a large range of application. Recently, micro-sized Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) have garnered significant interests as a potential power source for ultra-low power applications. In view of such development we adapted the novel electrospun MTAMs through addition of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and earthen clay to form the anode and the proton exchange membrane (PEM). Assembled in a tubular structure, a micro-sized MFC with an anode volume of 2 mL that registered a maximum power density of 2806.8 mW/m2 and a maximum current density of 15633.3 mA/m2 that operated for a maximum duration of 120 h was developed. Performance of this MFC was comparable with systems of similar volume and served as a stepping stone for future development of the miniaturization and integration of all the required MFC components into a single micron scale fiber.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-147
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Volume83
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2016

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Microbial fuel cells
fuel cells
membranes
Membranes
Costs
Anodes
anodes
Carbon Nanotubes
fibers
Fibers
miniaturization
clays
Protons
radiant flux density
hollow
Carbon nanotubes
Ion exchange
Clay
Current density
carbon nanotubes

Keywords

  • Electrospinning
  • Microbial Fuel Cell
  • Microtube Array Membrane (MTAM)
  • Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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A novel electrospun Microtube Array Membrane (MTAM) based low cost conceptual tubular Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC). / Chew, C. H.; Wu, C. C.; Chen, C. C.

In: European Polymer Journal, Vol. 83, 01.10.2016, p. 138-147.

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