Daniel Lab lands an NSF grant to develop microbial fuel cells
This project, in collaboration with the Medical Center at University of Cincinnati, will focus on microbial fuel cell optimization through digital microfluidic electrochemistry in single-bacterial drops.
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are one of the most promising renewable “green” technologies with the potential to solve wastewater treatment and sustainable energy production simultaneously. MFCs are biochemical systems that transfer electrons directly or indirectly from microorganisms found in wastewater to an external circuit.
The overall goal of this proposed work is to develop a novel platform for studying bacterial metabolism and the chemical conversion to energy using a miniaturized digital fluidic culture system.