Graphene-Based Flexible Micrometer-Sized Microbial Fuel Cell

Justine E. Mink, Ramy M. Qaisi, Muhammad Mustafa Hussain

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Microbial fuel cells harvest electrical energy produced by bacteria during the natural decomposition of organic matter. We report a micrometer-sized microbial fuel cell that is able to generate nanowatt-scale power from microliters of liquids. The sustainable design is comprised of a graphene anode, an air cathode, and a polymer-based substrate platform for flexibility. The graphene layer was grown on a nickel thin film by using chemical vapor deposition at atmospheric pressure. Our demonstration provides a low-cost option to generate useful power for lab-on-chip applications and could be promising to rapidly screen and scale up microbial fuel cells for water purification without consuming excessive power (unlike other water treatment technologies).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)648-652
Number of pages5
JournalEnergy Technology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 23 2013


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