MnO2/CNT as ORR Electrocatalyst in Air-Cathode Microbial Fuel Cells

Chee, Wai Woon and Huei, Ruey Ong and K. F., Chong and Khan, Maksudur R. (2015) MnO2/CNT as ORR Electrocatalyst in Air-Cathode Microbial Fuel Cells. Procedia Chemistry, 16. pp. 640-647. ISSN 1876-6196. (Published)

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Air-cathode microbial fuel cell (MFC) is a potential electrochemical device for green power generation simultaneously conducting wastewater treatment. In the present work, the MnO2 catalyst has been prepared and modified by inducing carbon nanotube (CNT) via sonochemical-coprecipitation method. The as-prepared catalyst (MnO2/CNT) was characterized by x-ray powder diffraction patterns (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) to examine its morphological surface, crystal structure, elemental analysis and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity of the catalyst, respectively. The CV results revealed that MnO2/CNT catalyzed ORR at potential of -0.45 V. The effect of catalyst loading on the chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal efficiency of palm oil mill effluent (POME) and MFC performance were studied. The maximum power density and open circuit voltage (OCV) generated from with the as-prepared MnO2/CNT were measured to be 215.57 mW/m3 and 582 mV, respectively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MFC; MnO2/CNT; Oxygen reduction reaction; Polarization curves; POME
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering
Faculty of Industrial Sciences And Technology
Depositing User: Mrs. Neng Sury Sulaiman
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2016 03:11
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2018 07:40
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