American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Polysulfone Composed of Polyaniline Nanoparticles as Nanocomposite Proton Exchange Membrane in Microbial Fuel Cell

Mostafa Ghasemi, Mostafa Rahimnejad, Chakavak Esmaeili, Wan Ramli Wan Daud, Mohd Shahbudin Masdar, Edy Herianto Majlan, Sedky H.A. Hassan, Javed Alam, Manal Ismail and Mansour Saleh Alhoshan

DOI : 10.3844/ajbbsp.2012.311.319

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Volume 8, Issue 4

Pages 311-319

Abstract

Proton exchange membranes play a critical role in the performance of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) but their high price was always a big deal for commercialization of MFCs. In the present study, doped and undoped polyaniline nanoparticles/polysulfone nanocomposites membranes as a new type of PEM, were fabricated and applied in the MFC and their performance was compared with Nafion 117 as a traditional and expensive PEM. The obtained results show that MFC working by undoped Pani/Ps generated 78.1 mW/m2 which is higher than doped Pani/Ps system with 62.5 mW/m2. However, Naion 117 generated the highest power than other types of membrane by 93 mW/m2. It means that undoped Pani/Ps can compete in power generation with Nafion 117 and this is an outlook toward commercialization of MFC.

Copyright

© 2012 Mostafa Ghasemi, Mostafa Rahimnejad, Chakavak Esmaeili, Wan Ramli Wan Daud, Mohd Shahbudin Masdar, Edy Herianto Majlan, Sedky H.A. Hassan, Javed Alam, Manal Ismail and Mansour Saleh Alhoshan. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.