Author(s): Chang IS, Moon H, Jang JK, Kim BH
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Abstract Studies were made to improve the performance of a microbial fuel cell (MFC) as a biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) sensor. The signal from MFCs decreased in the presence of electron acceptors of higher redox potential such as nitrate and oxygen. The addition of azide and cyanide did not change the signal in the absence of the electron acceptors. The respiratory inhibitors eliminated the inhibitory effects of the electron acceptors on the current generation from MFCs. Similar results were obtained using oligotrophic MFCs fed with an environmental sample that contained nitrate. The use of the respiratory inhibitors is therefore recommended for the accurate BOD measurement of environmental samples containing nitrate and/or oxygen with an MFC-type BOD sensor.
This article was published in Biosens Bioelectron
and referenced in Journal of Physical Chemistry & Biophysics