• J.A. Domínguez-Maldonado Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán
  • O. García-Rodríguez Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán
  • M. Aguilar-Vega Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán
  • M. Smit Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán
  • L. Alzate-Gaviria Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán
Keywords: cation exchange capacity, proton exchange membrane, biofouling, microbial fuel cell, power density


A PEM type Microbial Fuel Cell was designed and constructed. This cell consisted of four pairs of chambers with a volume of 0.5 L each one of them, separated by a Nafion®117 membrane. The cell was monitored during 122 days, using synthetic wastewater as carbon source. The reduction of cation exchange capacity in the membrane was evaluated in two phases: 1 and 2, the first one at 43 days and the second one at 79 days. The cationic exchange coefficients obtained were 2.03 ×10−3 and 1.25 ×10−3 meq g−1 polymer, for phase 1 and 2 respectively, indicating a decrease in the cation exchange properties in the membrane. The maximum obtained power densities were 325 and 97 mW.m−3, respectively. The reduction of power density at phase 2 was attributed to a decrease in the cation-exchange capacity by iron fouling and a formation of a biofouling layer in the membrane.


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How to Cite
Domínguez-Maldonado, J., García-Rodríguez, O., Aguilar-Vega, M., Smit, M., & Alzate-Gaviria, L. (2020). REDUCTION OF CATION EXCHANGE CAPACITY IN A MICROBIAL FUEL CELL AND ITS RELATION TO THE POWER DENSITY. Revista Mexicana De Ingeniería Química, 13(2), 527-538. Retrieved from
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