Abstract

We report the scaling effect on a μL-scale miniaturized microbial fuel cell (MFC), gearing toward a carbon-neutral miniaturized power source. MFCs have been studied for many years, yet the scaling effect on MFCs has not been addressed effectively in the past. This work studies the scaling effect on mass transfer to improve the power density of a μL-scale MFC. As scaling down the characteristic length, Reynolds number decreases and mass transfer coefficient rapidly increases, resulting in a higher power density. Areal and volumetric power densities of 83 μW/cm2 and 3.32 mW/cm3 are obtained, respectively; both of which the highest ever reported among all μL-scale MFCs to date. Columbic efficiency (CE) of 79.4 % is marked, more than 2.5 folds of the previously reported maximum CE in μL-scale MFCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnical Digest - Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop
PublisherTransducer Research Foundation
Pages501-504
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780964002494
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop, Hilton Head 2012 - Hilton Head, United States
Duration: Jun 3 2012Jun 7 2012

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Other2012 Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop, Hilton Head 2012
CountryUnited States
CityHilton Head
Period6/3/126/7/12

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture

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Ren, H., & Chae, J. (2012). Scaling effect on mems-based microbial fuel cells: Toward a carbon-neutral miniaturized power source. In Technical Digest - Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop (pp. 501-504). Transducer Research Foundation.