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Oxygen-reducing microbial cathodes in hypersaline electrolyte

Rimboud, Mickaël and Barakat, Mohamed and Achouak, Wafa and Bergel, Alain and Délia, Marie-Line Oxygen-reducing microbial cathodes in hypersaline electrolyte. (2021) Bioresource Technology, 319. ISSN 0960-8524

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2020.124165


Hypersaline electrolytes offer a way to boost the development of microbial fuel cells by overcoming the issue due to the low conductivity of the usual media. Efficient halotolerant bioanodes have already been designed but O2-reducing cathodes remain a strong bottleneck. Here, O2-reducing biocathodes were designed by using salt marsh sediment as the inoculum and a hypersaline media (45 g/L NaCl) of high conductivity (10.4 S m-1). Current density up to 2.2 A m-2 was reached from potential of +0.2 V/SCE. The efficiency of the biocathodes was correlated to the presence of Gammaproteobacteria strain(s) related to Thiohalobacter thiocyanaticus, which were considerably enriched in the best performing biocathodes. This work opens up new perspectives to overcome the O2 reduction issue in hypersaline MFCs by designing efficient halotolerant microbial cathodes and pointing out the strains that should now be focused to improve them.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03012280
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > Aix-Marseille Université - AMU (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives - CEA (FRANCE)
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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Deposited On:18 Nov 2020 13:42

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