Microbial Fuel Cell Activities:

The laboratory of Lars Angenent at Washington University in St. Louis has been researching how to use microbial fuel cells to turn sewage into electricity. This research has great potential to turn this waste stream into a source of energy.

Miriam Rosenbaum, a researcher in the Angenent Lab, has put together an excellent set of activities that can be used to teach how microbial fuel cells work. Using a modified version of a commercially available microbial fuel cell, she and her collegues in the Angenent Lab have written a chapter outlining how the MFCs work and how to set up an MFC in your classroom using the commercially available kit. The power output of the cells is strong enough that they can even light up a small light-emitting diode (LED).

Microbial Fuel Cells (background material):

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Microbial Fuel Cells (experiments with the MFC kits):

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Please contact Miriam Rosenbaum for more information (mrosenbaum@seas.wustl.edu)

Miriam Rosenbaum
Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Angenent Lab,
Dept. of Energy, Environmental
and Chemical Engineering,
Washington University,
Campus Box 1180
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
Office: 314-935-6234
Lab: 314-935-9434
mrosenbaum@seas.wustl.edu