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Microbial Fuel Cells [Hardcover]

Bruce E. Logan

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Jan. 9 2008 0470239484 978-0470239483
The theory, design, construction, and operation of microbial fuel cells

Microbial fuel cells (MFCs), devices in which bacteria create electrical power by oxidizing simple compounds such as glucose or complex organic matter in wastewater, represent a new and promising approach for generating power. Not only do MFCs clean wastewater, but they also convert organics in these wastewaters into usable energy. Given the world's limited supply of fossil fuels and fossil fuels' impact on climate change, MFC technology's ability to create renewable, carbon-neutral energy has generated tremendous interest around the world.

This timely book is the first dedicated to MFCs. It not only serves as an introduction to the theory underlying the development and functioning of MFCs, it also serves as a manual for ongoing research. In addition, author Bruce Logan, a leading pioneer in MFC research and development, provides practical guidance for the effective design and operation of MFCs based on his own firsthand experience.

This reference covers everything you need to fully understand MFCs, including:
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Key topics such as voltage and power generation, MFC materials and architecture, mass transfer to bacteria and biofilms, bioreactor design, and fundamentals of electron transfer
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Applications across a wide variety of scales, from power generation in the laboratory to approaches for using MFCs for wastewater treatment
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The role of MFCs in the climate change debate
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Detailed illustrations of bacterial and electrochemical concepts
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Charts, graphs, and tables summarizing key design and operation variables
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Practice problems and step-by-step examples

Microbial Fuel Cells, with its easy-to-follow explanations, is recommended as both a textbook for students and professionals interested in entering the field and as a complete reference for more experienced practitioners.

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The theory, design, construction, and operation of microbial fuel cells

Microbial fuel cells (MFCs), devices in which bacteria create electrical power by oxidizing simple compounds such as glucose or complex organic matter in wastewater, represent a new and promising approach for generating power. Not only do MFCs clean wastewater, but they also convert organics in these wastewaters into usable energy. Given the world's limited supply of fossil fuels and fossil fuels' impact on climate change, MFC technology's ability to create renewable, carbon-neutral energy has generated tremendous interest around the world.

This timely book is the first dedicated to MFCs. It not only serves as an introduction to the theory underlying the development and functioning of MFCs, it also serves as a manual for ongoing research. In addition, author Bruce Logan, a leading pioneer in MFC research and development, provides practical guidance for the effective design and operation of MFCs based on his own firsthand experience.

This reference covers everything you need to fully understand MFCs, including:

  • Key topics such as voltage and power generation, MFC materials and architecture, mass transfer to bacteria and biofilms, bioreactor design, and fundamentals of electron transfer

  • Applications across a wide variety of scales, from power generation in the laboratory to approaches for using MFCs for wastewater treatment

  • The role of MFCs in the climate change debate

  • Detailed illustrations of bacterial and electrochemical concepts

  • Charts, graphs, and tables summarizing key design and operation variables

  • Practice problems and step-by-step examples

Microbial Fuel Cells, with its easy-to-follow explanations, is recommended as both a textbook for students and professionals interested in entering the field and as a complete reference for more experienced practitioners.

About the Author

Bruce E. Logan, PHD, is the Stan and Flora Kappe Professor of EnvironmentalEngineering at Penn State University, and Director of Penn State's Hydrogen Energy (H2E) Center and the Engineering Environmental Institute. Dr. Logan's areas of expertise include bioenergy (microbial fuel cells and biohydrogen production),bacterial adhesion, colloid transport, and bioremediation. He is the author or coauthor of over 200 refereed publications and books on environmental transport processes, microbial fuel cells, and perchlorate reduction.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction March 26 2008
By Matthew Frigon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was a great introduction for me on MFCs. It really introduced me to all the basic concepts I needed to know in terms of energy (voltage, amperage, polarization curves etc.). It was also a great introduction to methods and materials.

I would reccomend this book to anyone trying to learn about MFCs. I think that even people with experience in these systems could use this book as a valuable reference source.

My only complaints are that the book seems like it is very new. There are quite a few typos and I found some errors in some of the equations. Also, in some of the kinetic sections of the book the author runs through the equations very quickly forcing the reader to take a fairly big leap of faith. These equations can be worked through to check the authors work but I think that he should have included his work more explicitly in the book. Perhaps he will in future editions?
5.0 out of 5 stars Custom-ordered for a water purification project April 2 2014
By naturegal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book contains much scientific information useful for people involved in alternative methods of removing a variety of organic contaminants in waste water.
3.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the next edition. Aug. 26 2012
By MMSahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is really an intermediate journal rather than a well-developed book. It seems like each and every paragraph concludes with a statement about the need for further study of whatever it was talking about. Granted MFC's is a new field, but this is certainly not a $100 book. My advice for buyers is to stick to technical journal databases until the 2nd or 3rd edition of this book is released.

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