SPEEK/cSMM membrane for simultaneous electricity generation and wastewater treatment in microbial fuel cell

Alireza Mayahi, Hamid Ilbeygi, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Juhana Jaafar, Wan Ramli Wan Daud, Daryoush Emadzadeh, Ezzatollah Shamsaei, Darren Martin, Masoud Rahbari-Sisakht, Mostafa Ghasemi, Javaid Zaidi

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Sulfonated poly (ether ether ketone) (SPEEK) membranes and their modifications are viewed as arguably the most promising in microbial fuel cell (MFC) applications due to their non-fluorinated base, superior chemical stability, and lower costs compared with Nafion membranes. In this work, SPEEK membranes with different degrees of sulfonation (DSs) (60 to 76 ) and blended with charged surface modifying macromolecule (cSMM) were used as electrolytes in an MFC for simultaneous electricity generation and wastewater treatment. RESULTS: Performance evaluation of newly fabricated membranes was carried out and was compared with that of Nafion 117. The MFC with SPEEK76/cSMM generated about 16.5 higher maximum power density (172.1 mW m-2) than that with Nafion 117 (143.7 mW m-2). In addition, the SPEEK76/cSMM exhibited the highest coulombic efficiency (CE) of 17.6 , which was 21.6 higher than that of Nafion 117 (13.8 ). Chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal of all characterized membranes was above 80 in our particular MFC. CONCLUSION: MFC is a suitable method for simultaneous wastewater treatment and electricity generation. SPEEK76/cSMM is a promising membrane to be applied in MFC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641 - 647
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • microbial fuel cell
  • waste-water
  • characterisation

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