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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331544/vapor-fed-bio-hybrid-fuel-cell
#1
Marcus S Benyamin, Justin P Jahnke, David M Mackie
BACKGROUND: Concentration and purification of ethanol and other biofuels from fermentations are energy-intensive processes, with amplified costs at smaller scales. To circumvent the need for these processes, and to potentially reduce transportation costs as well, we have previously investigated bio-hybrid fuel cells (FCs), in which a fermentation and FC are closely coupled. However, long-term operation requires strictly preventing the fermentation and FC from harming each other. We introduce here the concept of the vapor-fed bio-hybrid FC as a means of continuously extracting power from ongoing fermentations at ambient conditions...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319371/expression-of-heterologous-sigma-factor-expands-the-searchable-space-for-biofuel-tolerance-mechanisms
#2
Timothy A Tomko, Mary J Dunlop
Microorganisms can produce hydrocarbons that can serve as replacements or additions to conventional liquid fuels for use in the transportation sector. However, a common problem in the microbial synthesis of biofuels is that these compounds often have toxic effects on the cell. In this study, we focused on mitigating the toxicity of the bio-jet fuel precursor pinene on Escherichia coli. We used genomic DNA from Pseudomonas putida KT2440, which has innate solvent-tolerance properties, to create transgenic libraries in an E...
March 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284115/bioelectrochemical-systems-using-microalgae-a-concise-research-update
#3
Rijuta Ganesh Saratale, Chandrasekar Kuppam, Ackmez Mudhoo, Ganesh Dattatraya Saratale, Sivagurunathan Periyasamy, Guangyin Zhen, László Koók, Péter Bakonyi, Nándor Nemestóthy, Gopalakrishnan Kumar
Excess consumption of energy by humans is compounded by environmental pollution, the greenhouse effect and climate change impacts. Current developments in the use of algae for bioenergy production offer several advantages. Algal biomass is hence considered a new bio-material which holds the promise to fulfil the rising demand for energy. Microalgae are used in effluents treatment, bioenergy production, high value added products synthesis and CO2 capture. This review summarizes the potential applications of algae in bioelectrochemically mediated oxidation reactions in fully biotic microbial fuel cells for power generation and removal of unwanted nutrients...
February 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278783/nitrogen-removal-and-electricity-production-at-a-double-chamber-microbial-fuel-cell-with-cathode-nitrite-denitrification
#4
Yangyang Yu, Jianqiang Zhao, Sha Wang, Huimin Zhao, Xiaoqian Ding, Kun Gao
Double-chamber microbial fuel cell was applied to investigate the performance of the electricity production and nitrite denitrification through feeding nitrite into the cathode. Factors influencing denitrification performance and power production, such as external resistance, influent nitrite concentration and Nitrite Oxygen Bacteria inhibitors, were studied. The results show that when the concentration of nitrite nitrogen and external resistance were 100 mg L(-1) and 10 Ω, respectively, the nitrite denitrification reached the best state...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241072/internal-nitrogen-removal-from-sediments-by-the-hybrid-system-of-microbial-fuel-cells-and-submerged-aquatic-plants
#5
Peng Xu, En-Rong Xiao, Dan Xu, Yin Zhou, Feng He, Bi-Yun Liu, Lei Zeng, Zhen-Bin Wu
Sediment internal nitrogen release is a significant pollution source in the overlying water of aquatic ecosystems. This study aims to remove internal nitrogen in sediment-water microcosms by coupling sediment microbial fuel cells (SMFCs) with submerged aquatic plants. Twelve tanks including four treatments in triplicates were designed: open-circuit (SMFC-o), closed-circuit (SMFC-c), aquatic plants with open-circuit (P-SMFC-o) and aquatic plants with closed-circuit (P-SMFC-c). The changes in the bio-electrochemical characteristics of the nitrogen levels in overlying water, pore water, sediments, and aquatic plants were documented to explain the migration and transformation pathways of internal nitrogen...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235737/integrated-electrochemical-treatment-systems-for-facilitating-the-bioremediation-of-oil-spill-contaminated-soil
#6
Ying Cheng, Liang Wang, Vilma Faustorilla, Mallavarapu Megharaj, Ravi Naidu, Zuliang Chen
Bioremediation plays an important role in oil spill management and bio-electrochemical treatment systems are supposed to represent a new technology for both effective remediation and energy recovery. Diesel removal rate increased by four times in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) since the electrode served as an electron acceptor, and high power density (29.05 W m(-3)) at current density 72.38 A m(-3) was achieved using diesel (v/v 1%) as the sole substrate. As revealed by Scanning electron microscope images, carbon fibres in the anode electrode were covered with biofilm and the bacterial colloids which build the link between carbon fibres and enhance electron transmission...
May 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218405/electricity-generation-by-pyrococcus-furiosus-in-microbial-fuel-cells-operated-at-90-%C3%A2-c
#7
Narendran Sekar, Chang-Hao Wu, Michael W W Adams, Ramaraja P Ramasamy
Hyperthermophiles are microorganisms that thrive in extremely hot environments with temperatures near and even above 100 (°) C. They are the most deeply rooted microorganisms on phylogenetic trees suggesting they may have evolved to survive in the early hostile earth. The simple respiratory systems of some of these hyperthermophiles made them potential candidates to develop microbial fuel cells (MFC) that can generate power at temperatures approaching the boiling point. We explored extracellular electron transfer ability of a hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus (Pf) by studying its ability to generate electricity in a two-chamber MFC...
February 20, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212344/green-microwave-assisted-combustion-synthesis-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-with-citrullus-colocynthis-l-schrad-characterization-and-biomedical-applications
#8
Susan Azizi, Rosfarizan Mohamad, Mahnaz Mahdavi Shahri
In this paper, a green microwave-assisted combustion approach to synthesize ZnO-NPs using zinc nitrate and Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad (fruit, seed and pulp) extracts as bio-fuels is reported. The structure, optical, and colloidal properties of the synthesized ZnO-NP samples were studied. Results illustrate that the morphology and particle size of the ZnO samples are different and depend on the bio-fuel. The XRD results revealed that hexagonal wurtzite ZnO-NPs with mean particle size of 27-85 nm were produced by different bio-fuels...
February 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211932/nanostructured-material-based-biofuel-cells-recent-advances-and-future-prospects
#9
REVIEW
Cui-E Zhao, Panpan Gai, Rongbin Song, Ying Chen, Jianrong Zhang, Jun-Jie Zhu
During the past decade, biofuel cells (BFCs) have emerged as an emerging technology on account of their ability to directly generate electricity from biologically renewable catalysts and fuels. Due to the boost in nanotechnology, significant advances have been accomplished in BFCs. Although it is still challenging to promote the performance of BFCs, adopting nanostructured materials for BFC construction has been extensively proposed as an effective and promising strategy to achieve high energy production. In this review, we presented the major novel nanostructured materials applied for BFCs and highlighted the breakthroughs in this field...
February 17, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194156/integrated-management-strategies-increase-cottonseed-oil-and-protein-production-the-key-role-of-carbohydrate-metabolism
#10
Hongkun Yang, Xinyue Zhang, Binglin Chen, Yali Meng, Youhua Wang, Wenqing Zhao, Zhiguo Zhou
Cottonseed, oil, and protein, as the by-products of cotton production, have the potential to provide commodities to meet the increasing demand of renewable bio-fuels and ruminant feed. An increase in crop yield per unit area requires high-yielding cultivar management with an economic nitrogen (N) rate, an optimal N application schedule, high-yielding plant populations and strong seedlings. Whether the integration of these agronomic practices into a coherent management system can increase the productivity of cotton fiber, embryo oil and protein requires experimental elucidation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193332/analysis-of-agaricus-meleagris-pyranose-dehydrogenase-n-glycosylation-sites-and-performance-of-partially-non-glycosylated-enzymes
#11
Christoph Gonaus, Daniel Maresch, Katharina Schropp, Peter Ó Conghaile, Dónal Leech, Lo Gorton, Clemens K Peterbauer
Pyranose Dehydrogenase 1 from the basidiomycete Agaricus meleagris (AmPDH1) is an oxidoreductase capable of oxidizing a broad variety of sugars. Due to this and its ability of dioxidation of substrates and no side production of hydrogen peroxide, it is studied for use in enzymatic bio-fuel cells. In-vitro deglycosylated AmPDH1 as well as knock-out mutants of the N-glycosylation sites N(75) and N(175), near the active site entrance, were previously shown to improve achievable current densities of graphite electrodes modified with AmPDH1 and an osmium redox polymer acting as a redox mediator, up to 10-fold...
April 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187387/permeable-bio-reactive-barriers-to-address-petroleum-hydrocarbon-contamination-at-subantarctic-macquarie-island
#12
Benjamin L Freidman, Deborah Terry, Dan Wilkins, Tim Spedding, Sally L Gras, Ian Snape, Geoffrey W Stevens, Kathryn A Mumford
A reliance on diesel generated power and a history of imperfect fuel management have created a legacy of petroleum hydrocarbon contamination at subantarctic Macquarie Island. Increasing environmental awareness and advances in contaminant characterisation and remediation technology have fostered an impetus to reduce the environmental risk associated with legacy sites. A funnel and gate permeable bio-reactive barrier (PRB) was installed in 2014 to address the migration of Special Antarctic Blend diesel from a spill that occurred in 2002, as well as older spills and residual contaminants in the soil at the Main Power House...
May 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157608/formation-of-novel-hydrogel-bio-anode-by-immobilization-of-biocatalyst-in-alginate-polyaniline-titanium-dioxide-graphite-composites-and-its-electrical-performance
#13
Attila Szöllősi, Ágoston Hoschke, Judit M Rezessy-Szabó, Erika Bujna, Szilárd Kun, Quang D Nguyen
A new bio-anode containing gel-entrapped bacteria in alginate/polyaniline/TiO2/graphite composites was constructed and electrically investigated. Alginate as dopant and template as well as entrapped gel was used for immobilization of microorganism cells. Increase of polyaniline concentration resulted an increase in the conductivity in gels. Addition of 0.01 and 0.02 g/mL polyaniline caused 6-fold and 10-fold higher conductivity, respectively. Furthermore, addition of 0.05 g/mL graphite powder caused 10-fold higher conductivity and 4-fold higher power density, respectively...
May 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110227/efficient-removal-of-nitrobenzene-and-concomitant-electricity-production-by-single-chamber-microbial-fuel-cells-with-activated-carbon-air-cathode
#14
Enren Zhang, Feng Wang, Wenjing Zhai, Keith Scott, Xu Wang, Guowang Diao
Single-chamber microbial fuel cells (S-MFCs) with bio-anodes and activated carbon (AC) air-cathodes showed high nitrobenzene (NB) tolerance and NB removal with concomitant electricity production. The maximum power over 25Wm(-3) could be obtained when S-MFCs were operated in the NB loading range of 1.2-6.2molm(-3)d(-1), and stable electricity production over 13.7Wm(-3) could be produced in a NB loading range of 1.2-14.7molm(-3)d(-1). The present S-MFCs exhibited high NB removal performance with NB removal efficiency over 97% even when the NB loading rate was increased to 17...
April 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078719/carbon-nanotube-supported-bio-inspired-nickel-catalyst-and-its-integration-in-hybrid-hydrogen-air-fuel-cells
#15
Solène Gentil, Noémie Lalaoui, Arnab Dutta, Yannig Nedellec, Serge Cosnier, Wendy J Shaw, Vincent Artero, Alan Le Goff
A biomimetic nickel bis-diphosphine complex incorporating the amino acid arginine in the outer coordination sphere was immobilized on modified carbon nanotubes (CNTs) through electrostatic interactions. The functionalized redox nanomaterial exhibits reversible electrocatalytic activity for the H2 /2 H(+) interconversion from pH 0 to 9, with catalytic preference for H2 oxidation at all pH values. The high activity of the complex over a wide pH range allows us to integrate this bio-inspired nanomaterial either in an enzymatic fuel cell together with a multicopper oxidase at the cathode, or in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) using Pt/C at the cathode...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070595/photosynthetic-microbial-fuel-cells
#16
Joseph A Laureanti, Anne K Jones
This chapter presents the current state of research on bioelectrochemical systems that include phototrophic organisms. First, we describe what is known of how phototrophs transfer electrons from internal metabolism to external substrates. This includes efforts to understand both the source of electrons and transfer pathways within cells. Second, we consider technological progress toward producing bio-photovoltaic devices with phototrophs. Efforts to improve these devices by changing the species included, the electrode surfaces, and chemical mediators are described...
January 10, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062838/enzymes-as-modular-catalysts-for-redox-half-reactions-in-h2-powered-chemical-synthesis-from-biology-to-technology
#17
REVIEW
Holly A Reeve, Philip A Ash, HyunSeo Park, Ailun Huang, Michalis Posidias, Chloe Tomlinson, Oliver Lenz, Kylie A Vincent
The present study considers the ways in which redox enzyme modules are coupled in living cells for linking reductive and oxidative half-reactions, and then reviews examples in which this concept can be exploited technologically in applications of coupled enzyme pairs. We discuss many examples in which enzymes are interfaced with electronically conductive particles to build up heterogeneous catalytic systems in an approach which could be termed synthetic biochemistry We focus on reactions involving the H(+)/H2 redox couple catalysed by NiFe hydrogenase moieties in conjunction with other biocatalysed reactions to assemble systems directed towards synthesis of specialised chemicals, chemical building blocks or bio-derived fuel molecules...
January 15, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056440/fepo4-based-single-chamber-air-cathode-microbial-fuel-cell-for-online-monitoring-levofloxacin
#18
Libin Zeng, Xinyong Li, Yueran Shi, Yefei Qi, Daqiong Huang, Moses Tadé, Shaobin Wang, Shaomin Liu
A bio-electrochemical strategy was developed for constructing a simple and sensitive levofloxacin (LEV) sensor based on a single chamber microbial fuel cell (SC-MFC) using FePO4 nanoparticles (NPs) as the cathode catalyst instead of traditional Pt/C. In this assembled sensor device, FePO4 NPs dramatically promoted the electrooxidation of oxygen on the cathode, which helps to accelerate the voltage output from SC-MFC and can provide a powerful guarantee for LEV detection. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to fully characterize the FePO4 NPs...
May 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018390/emerging-technologies-for-the-production-of-renewable-liquid-transport-fuels-from-biomass-sources-enriched-in-plant-cell-walls
#19
REVIEW
Hwei-Ting Tan, Kendall R Corbin, Geoffrey B Fincher
Plant cell walls are composed predominantly of cellulose, a range of non-cellulosic polysaccharides and lignin. The walls account for a large proportion not only of crop residues such as wheat straw and sugarcane bagasse, but also of residues of the timber industry and specialist grasses and other plants being grown specifically for biofuel production. The polysaccharide components of plant cell walls have long been recognized as an extraordinarily large source of fermentable sugars that might be used for the production of bioethanol and other renewable liquid transport fuels...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998785/integrating-microbial-fuel-cells-with-anaerobic-acidification-and-forward-osmosis-membrane-for-enhancing-bio-electricity-and-water-recovery-from-low-strength-wastewater
#20
Jinmeng Liu, Xinhua Wang, Zhiwei Wang, Yuqin Lu, Xiufen Li, Yueping Ren
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and forward osmosis (FO) are two emerging technologies with great potential for energy-efficient wastewater treatment. In this study, anaerobic acidification and FO membrane were simultaneously integrated into an air-cathode MFC (AAFO-MFC) for enhancing bio-electricity and water recovery from low-strength wastewater. During a long-term operation of approximately 40 days, the AAFO-MFC system achieved a continuous and relatively stable power generation, and the maximum power density reached 4...
December 10, 2016: Water Research
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