CIESC Journal ›› 2018, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (6): 2790-2796.doi: 10.11949/j.issn.0438-1157.20171501

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Study of urine-powered microbial fuel cell anode modified by graphene-type novel materials

ZHOU Yu, LIU Zhongliang, HOU Junxian, CHEN Wenwen, LOU Xiaoge, LI Yanxia   

  1. The Education Ministry Key Laboratory of Enhanced Heat Transfer and Energy Conservation, College of Environmental and Energy Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
  • Received:2017-11-09 Revised:2017-12-09 Online:2018-06-05 Published:2018-06-05
  • Supported by:

    supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China(516706004).


Urine-powered microbial fuel cells (UMFCs) are bioelectrochemical system that can recover energy from urine-a typical wastewater produced in urban and aerospace ships. The anode is the key unit determining the UMFC performance. To improve its performance, black phosphorus (BP), expanded graphite (EG) and carboxyl graphene (COOH-GN) which are three graphene-type novel materials were used to modify carbon cloth anode and three anodes (BP/CC, EG/CC and COOH-GN/CC) were thus fabricated. The surface of the carbon cloth becomes rougher after modification. The results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tests demonstrated that the modified anodes have low resistance and excellent electrochemical properties. Using BP/CC, EG/CC and COOH-GN/CC as the UMFC anodes respectively, the UMFCs yielded maximum voltage output of 587.71, 512.46 and 492.49 mV, respectively, power density of 5254.43, 3925.44 and 3252.05 mW/m3, respectively, which clearly shows that the BP modification is the best.

Key words: black phosphorus, expanded graphite, carboxyl graphene, fuel cell, anode

CLC Number: 

  • TK6
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