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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013, Article ID 435960, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/435960
Research Article

Carbon Nanotube Planted on Ni-Based Alloy in Microbial Fuel Cell

1Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, National I-Lan University, I-Lan 260, Taiwan
2Department of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan
3Doosan Infracore Co. Ltd., Yantai 264005, Shandong, China

Received 2 April 2013; Revised 19 September 2013; Accepted 19 September 2013

Academic Editor: Andrey Miroshnichenko

Copyright © 2013 Chin-Tsan Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The improvement of electrode materials used in microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology for enhancing the power performance of MFCs has attracted more and more attention lately. In this study, an new electrode material with a carbon nanotube planted on an Ni-based alloy substrate is applied to the MFC. Results show that a well-synthesized, straight CNT electrode performs the best, with a high open circuit voltage of 0.82 V and a maximum power density of 2.31 W/m2. It is believed that this new kind of electrode will have a promising future in the technology of power generation from MFCs.