Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 250–257 | Cite as

Characterization of bacterial communities in anode microbial fuel cells fed with glucose, propyl alcohol and methanol

  • S. H. Zhang
  • C. H. Qiu
  • C. F. Fang
  • Q. L. Ge
  • Y. X. Hui
  • B. Han
  • S. Pang


Bacterial communities in anode microbial fuel cells (MFC) obtained from anaerobic digester sludge in a municipal wastewater treatment plant (Nanjing, China) were investigated. Glucose, propyl alcohol and methanol were used as sole carbon source in two-chamber MFC. The results showed that a reproducible cycle of power production can be formed in MFC fed with 3 substrates and glucose-fed MFC had the highest peak power density of 1499 ± 33 mW/m3, followed by methanol- (1264 ± 47 mW/m3) and propyl alcohol-fed MFC (1192 ± 36 mW/m3). Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Verrucomicrobia, Proteobacteria, Synergistetes and Armatimonadetes were dominant phyla in 3 MFC. Firmicutes was the most dominant phylum in glucose-fed MFC samples and Bacteroidetes prevailed in methanol- and propyl alcohol-fed MFC. These data indicate that propyl alcohol and methanol along with glucose can be used as substrates of MFC.


microbial fuel cells substrates anode glucose propyl alcohol methanol 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. H. Zhang
    • 1
  • C. H. Qiu
    • 1
  • C. F. Fang
    • 2
  • Q. L. Ge
    • 2
  • Y. X. Hui
    • 1
  • B. Han
    • 1
  • S. Pang
    • 1
  1. 1.Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resource Development on Shallow Lakes, College of EnvironmentHohai UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Lishui Water Group CO., LTDNanjingChina

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