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Potential of Biochar-Anode in a Ceramic-Separator Microbial Fuel Cell (CMFC) with a Laccase-Based Air Cathode
 
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Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, Thaksin University, Thailand
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, Idaho State University, United States
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Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Thaksin University, Thailand
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Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agro and Bio Industry, Thaksin University, Thailand
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Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Faculty of Agro-Industry, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
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Pimprapa Chaijak   

Thaksin University, 222 Banprao, Paphayom, 93210 Phathalung, Thailand
Online publish date: 2019-09-09
Publish date: 2019-10-23
Submission date: 2018-09-03
Final revision date: 2018-09-27
Acceptance date: 2018-10-21
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2020;29(1):499–503
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A cost-effective biochar derived from rubber tree sawdust was prepared by low-temperature pyrolysis at 500ºC for 2 h. The biochar was placed as an anode electrode in the anode chamber of the novel model ceramic-separator microbial fuel cell (CMFC) with a laccase-based air cathode. The rubber wastewater (with 500 mg/L sulfate and 1000 mg/L COD) was used as an anolyte. Maximal volumetric power density (PD) of 3.26±0.08 μW/m3, maximal volumetric current density of 3.20±0.07 mA/m3, and system internal resistance of 1002 Ω were obtained. The post-treatment results showed sulfate removal and COD removal efficiencies of 88.26±1.29% and 89.77±0.45%, respectively. Our work provided a novel model of a low-cost and economically friendly MFC system. Moreover, this work demonstrated a potential route based on sustainable and economical biochar as a bio-anode for wastewater treatment in an MFC.
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