Biosensoric potential of microbial fuel cells

Schneider, György and Kovács, Tamás and Rákhely, Gábor and Czeller, Miklós (2016) Biosensoric potential of microbial fuel cells. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 100 (16). pp. 7001-7009. ISSN 0175-7598 (print), 1432-0614 (online)

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Recent progress in microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology has highlighted the potential of these devices to be used as biosensors. The advantages of MFC-based biosensors are that they are phenotypic and can function in either assay- or flow-through formats. These features make them appropriate for contiguous on-line monitoring in laboratories and for in-field applications. The selectivity of an MFC biosensor depends on the applied microorganisms in the anodic compartment where electron transfer (ET) between the artificial surface (anode) and bacterium occurs. This process strongly determines the internal resistance of the sensoric system and thus influences signal outcome and response time. Despite their beneficial characteristics, the number of MFC-based biosensoric applications has been limited until now. The aim of this mini-review is to turn attention to the biosensoric potential of MFCs by summarizing ET mechanisms on which recently established and future sensoric devices are based.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QR Microbiology / mikrobiológia
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 10:07
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 10:07

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