Ethylene glycol is an environmental pollutant, which exists in airport runoff and industrial waste. In this article, biodegradation of ethylene glycol in a two-chamber, batch-mode microbial fuel cell was investigated. Glucose and ethylene glycol at different concentrations were used
as carbon and energy sources. Chemical oxygen demand removal in the range of 92–98% indicated that microbial fuel cell can be used for biodegradation of ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol also improved power generation and the maximum power density was 5.72 mW/m2 (137.32 mW/m3),
with respect to the same glucose and ethylene glycol concentrations (500 ppm).
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chemical oxygen demand removal;
microbial fuel cell;
Document Type: Research Article
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Department of Chemical Engineering, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran
Department of Chemical Engineering, North Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
April 17, 2016