Journal article

Microbial ecology meets electrochemistry: electricity-driven and driving communities

Korneel Rabaey, Jorge Rodriguez, Linda L Blackall, Jurg Keller, Pamela Gross, Damien Batstone, Willy Verstraete, Kenneth H Nealson

ISME JOURNAL | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2007

Abstract

Bio-electrochemical systems (BESs) have recently emerged as an exciting technology. In a BES, bacteria interact with electrodes using electrons, which are either removed or supplied through an electrical circuit. The most-described type of BES is microbial fuel cells (MFCs), in which useful power is generated from electron donors as, for example, present in wastewater. This form of charge transport, known as extracellular electron transfer, was previously extensively described with respect to metals such as iron and manganese. The importance of these interactions in global biogeochemical cycles is essentially undisputed. A wide variety of bacteria can participate in extracellular electron tr..

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