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Microbial electrochemical snorkels (MESs): A budding technology for multiple applications. A mini review

Hoareau, Morgane and Erable, Benjamin and Bergel, Alain Microbial electrochemical snorkels (MESs): A budding technology for multiple applications. A mini review. (2019) Electrochemistry Communications, 104. 106473. ISSN 1388-2481

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.elecom.2019.05.022


A microbial electrochemical snorkel (MES) is formed by the direct coupling of a microbial anode with a cathode, which may or may not be biotic. It can be considered as a short-circuited microbial fuel cell. In comparison with a microbial fuel cell, an MES does not produce power but it ensures the highest possible electrochemical reaction rates that the system can support. Although MESs have recently received little research attention, a multitude of possible applications have emerged in the last few years. MESs have recently been shown to be effective for organic matter abatement in wastewater, nitrate removal, decontamination of hydrocarbon-polluted sediments, and soil bioremediation. Other applications are foreseen. Thanks to its extreme simplicity, the MES could offer a real opportunity for short-term scale-up. This mini-review seeks to attract the attention of the research community to the potential of this technology and to propose research to develop it.

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Additional Information:This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/).
HAL Id:hal-02290653
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Agence Nationale de la Recherche- ANR
Deposited On:17 Sep 2019 16:36

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