Reactors for microbial electrochemistry

Description: In this workshop, a detailed overview of the different types of reactors that have been used over the years for different applications will be given. This will include the reactors for basic research including those used for investigating the electron transfer mechanism in bioelectrochemical systems (BESs). Reactors type for applied microbial electrochemical technologies (METs) such as Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) (evolution over the years) will be discussed. The pilot studies carried out using MFCs will also be presented. Reactors used for Microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) for hydrogen production will be presented from both intial lab-scale ones to present pilots. Reactors for microbial electrosynthesis (MES) for cathodic production of chemicals (mainly using CO2 as feedstock) and their design including upscaling challenges will be discussed. A brief discussion on other emerging METs like microbial desalination cell (MDCs) and bioelectrochemical sensosrs will also be presented. An overview of the main components including anode materials, cathode materials and membranes/separators will also be held.


Duration: 3-4 Hours


Speaker: Dr Deepak PANT