Microbial electrochemistry: what’s brewing at AWMC
Abstract: The interaction between microbes and electrodes has been studied for decades, leading to many interesting fundamental discoveries but scarce outlets for application. This is however changing with a number of recent breakthroughs in applied research in the field. This seminar offers an overview of the latest achievements and ideas in microbial electrochemical technology at AWMC. The UGOLD concept has been proven as a system for nutrient recovery from source-separated urine and can be potentially applied to other waste streams, including swine manure and even domestic wastewater. The Nippon project is looking at bioelectrochemical degradation of phenol and thiocyanate as a solution to the treatment of coke oven wastewater. The SULFRED project has produced the first prototype of a process which offers a permanent solution to the problem of acid mine drainage. Within the CYBAC project, the mechanisms of electrochemical activity in cyanobacteria are being study with the goal of demonstrating biosolar panels and phototrophic life sensors.