AEESP Distinguished Lecture

Start Date: 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Room 1670 Beyster Building (North Campus)

Bruce Logan

Speaker: Professor Bruce Logan of Penn State.

Bio: Logan is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the International Water Association and the Water Environment Foundation. He is an investigator with KAUST (Saudi Arabia) and the Franqui International Chair at Ghent University (2013, Belgium); and a visiting professor at Newcastle University (UK), Tsinghua University, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Dalian University of Technology (China).

Title: Microbial Fuel Technologies for Renewable Power and Biofuels Production From Waste Biomass


The ability of certain microorganisms to transfer electrons outside the cell has created opportunities for new methods of renewable energy generation based on microbial fuel cells (MFCs) that can be used to produce electrical power, microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) for transforming biologically generated electrical current into transportable fuels such as hydrogen and methane gases, as well as other devices to desalinate water or capture phosphorus. In this presentation, Dr. Logan will summarize key findings in the electromicrobiological studies of the exoelectrogenic microorganisms and communities that produce electrical current, and the electrotrophic and methanogenic communities that are used to produce hydrogen and methane gases. Recent advances will be highlighted on materials and architectures that are being developed to make these different types of METs more cost efficient, which are leading to them becoming commercially viable technologies.

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