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Table 2 A comparative study of the performance of MFC between using different nickel-based electrocatalyst

From: The enhancement of microbial fuel cell performance by anodic bacterial community adaptation and cathodic mixed nickel–copper oxides on a graphene electrocatalyst

Cathode catalyst Anode material Cathode material Substrate MFC configuration Microorganism Open circuit potential
closed circuit voltage (mV) PDmax
Percentage to Pt cathode
NiO–CuO/G Carbon felt Carbon cloth Sodium acetate Air cathode Activated sludge 654 541 21.25 42.16 This study
Nickel nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide Graphite
Carbon cloth Sodium acetate Air cathode Anaerobic digester sludge 602 136.8 581 26.4 (Valipour et al. 2016) [5]
Naphthalocyanine on carbon black (NPc/C) Carbon paper Carbon paper Wastewater Double chamber Anaerobic digester sludge 602 168 29.7 36.53 (Rae et al. 2011) [58]
Nickel oxide and carbon nanotube composite (NiO/CNT) Carbon felts Carbon cloth Glucose Air cathode Acclimated sludge from methane-generating pond 772 380 670 N/Aa (Huang et al. 2015) [29]
Pt-Ni alloy
Nano particles on Carboxyl multi-wall carbon nanotubes (Pt-Ni/MWNT)
Carbon cloth Carbon cloth Glucose Air cathode Pre-domesticated bacteria from another double chamber MFC 740 570 1.22 86.8 (Yan et al. 2012) [16]
Ni-tetra sulfonated phthalocyanine Stainless steel foam was modified with rGO Carbon felt Sodium acetate Double chamber A mixture of compost garden’s leachate    24.8 N/Aa (Champavert et al. 2015) [32]
Graphene/nickel hybrids Graphite plate Graphite plate Waste water Dual chamber Wastewater    34 N/Aa (Kartick et al. 2016) [31]
Nickel nanoparticles Carbon paper Carbon paper Glucose Dual chamber Palm oil mill effluent anaerobic
751.8   94.4 78.15 (Ghasemi et al. 2013) [28]
  1. CNT carbon nanotube, MWNT multi-wall carbon nanotubes
  2. a N/A not available