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Understanding the interdependence of operating parameters in microbial electrosynthesis a numerical investigation

Gadkari, Siddharth, Shemfe, Mobolaji, Modestra, J Annie, Mohan, S Venkata and Sadhukhan, Jhuma (2019) Understanding the interdependence of operating parameters in microbial electrosynthesis a numerical investigation Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (20). pp. 10761-10772.

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This study describes and evaluates a dynamic computational model for two chamber microbial electrosynthesis (MES) system. The analysis is based on redox mediators and a two population model, describing bioelectrochemical kinetics at both anode and cathode. Mass transfer rates of substrate and bacteria in the two chambers are combined with the kinetics and Ohm’s law to derive an expression for the cell current density. Effect of operational parameters such as initial substrate concentration at anode & cathode and the operation cycle time, on MES performance are evaluated in terms of product formation rate, substrate consumption and Coulombic efficiency (CE). For fixed operation cycle time of 3 or 4 days, the anode and cathode initial substrate concentrations show linear relationship with product formation rate; however MES operation with 2 day cycle time shows a more complex behaviour, with acetic acid production rates reaching a plateau and even a slight decrease at higher concentrations of the two substrates. It is also shown that there is a trade-off between product formation rate and substrate consumption & CE. MES performance for operation with cycle time being controlled by substrate consumption is also described. Results from the analysis demonstrate the interdependence of the system parameters and highlight the importance of multi-objective system optimization based on targeted end-use.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Chemical and Process Engineering
Authors :
Shemfe, Mobolaji
Modestra, J Annie
Mohan, S Venkata
Date : 14 May 2019
Funders : Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
DOI : 10.1039/C9CP01288E
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2019
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 29 Apr 2019 10:10
Last Modified : 15 May 2020 02:08

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