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

Mansour Saleh Alhoshan1, Manal Ismail2, Javed Alam1, Sedky H.A. Hassan3, Edy Herianto Majlan2, Mohd Shahbudin Masdar2, Wan Ramli Wan Daud2, Chakavak Esmaeili2, Mostafa Rahimnejad4 and Mostafa Ghasemi2
  • 1 King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  • 2 University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 3 Kangwon National University, Korea
  • 4 Noshirvani University, Iran

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.

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Volume 8 No. 4, 2012, 311-319

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajbbsp.2012.311.319

Submitted On: 29 September 2012 Published On: 25 December 2012

How to Cite: Alhoshan, M. S., Ismail, M., Alam, J., Hassan, S. H., Majlan, E. H., Masdar, M. S., Daud, W. R. W., Esmaeili, C., Rahimnejad, M. & Ghasemi, M. (2012). Polysulfone Composed of Polyaniline Nanoparticles as Nanocomposite Proton Exchange Membrane in Microbial Fuel Cell. American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 8(4), 311-319. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajbbsp.2012.311.319

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Keywords

  • Microbial Fuel Cell
  • Proton Exchange Membrane
  • Nanocomposite
  • Pani