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Sustainable Energy: Microbial Fuel Cells

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 10:00 am to 11:30 am

University Center, 618 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Current energy systems rely heavily on petroleum/crude oil to generate power but their production and use have contributed to climate change and pollution. Scientists and designers have discovered sustainable alternatives to crude oil such as solar panels and wind turbines, but their implementation is limited by economics, politics, and geography. The microbial fuel cell is currently being researched as an alternative form of energy that can both treat wastewater and harness energy produced by microbes inhabiting locally sourced sediment. The microbial life in these systems has evolved to survive and carry out metabolic processes to transfer electrons from molecule to molecule. By designing a circuit that directs the flow of these moving electrons such that they can be captured, we create a microbial fuel cell. Join us as we explore genomics and ecological research to utilize biodiverse bacteria identified to be highly electrogenic and suited for this emerging technology as well as the manipulation of variables the effect texture, consistency, and metabolic rate 


Video:  April 5, 2012. PopUpComputerRepair. "Electricity - Bill Nye the Science Guy." YouTube. Link

Microbial Fuel Cell Video:  April 2013. “The Microbial Fuel Cell.” Sebastian De Bruin. YouTube. Link

Wastewater Treatment Video: May 14, 2014. TEDx Youth. “Turning Wastewater into Energy: Nurul Mohdreza.” YouTube. Link

This event is sponsored by The Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and The Provost Office.

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Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts


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