Microbial Fuel Cells for Organic-Contaminated Soil Remedial Applications: A Review

Xiaojing Li, Xin Wang, Liping Weng, Qixing Zhou, Yongtao Li*

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Efficient noninvasive techniques are desired for repairing organic-contaminated soils. Bioelectrochemical technology, especially microbial fuel cells (MFCs), has been widely used to promote a polluted environmental remediation approach, and applications include wastewater, sludge, sediment, and soil remediation. Soil MFC remediation has been of significant concern in recent years, and thus, several aspects, including reactor configuration, electrode materials, soil conductivity, mass transfer, and microbial activity, are reviewed. Recent studies and key issues of soil MFCs and perspectives of organic-contamination remedial application are summarized, with the aim of assisting environmental scholars and engineers to gain a comprehensive understanding of MFC remediation. Insights are also offered on how to extend applications to help soil MFC remediation technology to advance and be applied in the future on a large scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1156-1164
JournalEnergy Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • biocatalysis
  • electrochemistry
  • environmental chemistry
  • microbial fuel cells
  • soil remediation

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