Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Vargas I.T., Albert I.U. and Regan J.M. (2013)

Spatial distribution of bacterial communities on volumetric and planar anodes in single-chamber air-cathode microbial fuel cells. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bit.24949

Revista : Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Volumen : 110
Número : 11
Páginas : 3059-3062
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Pyrosequencing was used to characterize bacterial communities in air-cathode microbial fuel cells across a volumetric (graphite fiber brush) and a planar (carbon cloth) anode, where different physical and chemical gradients would be expected associated with the distance between anode location and the air cathode. As expected, the stable operational voltage and the coulombic efficiency (CE) were higher for the volumetric anode than the planar anode (0.57 V and CE¼22% vs. 0.51 V and CE¼12%). The genus
Geobacter was the only known exoelectrogen among the observed dominant groups, comprising 57±4% of recovered sequences for the brush and 27±5% for the carbon-cloth
anode. While the bacterial communities differed between the two anode materials, results showed that Geobacter spp. and other dominant bacterial groups were homogenously
distributed across both planar and volumetric anodes. This lends support to previous community analysis interpretations based on a single biofilm sampling location in these systems.