Microbial electrochemical systems for hydrogen peroxide synthesis: Critical review of process optimization, prospective environmental applications, and challenges

Tae Hyun Chung, Mohamed N.A. Meshref, Faisal I. Hai, Abdullah Al-Mamun, Bipro Ranjan Dhar*

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Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is an industrial chemical that has been widely adopted for various industrial applications, including water and wastewater treatment. Currently, the majority of H2O2 is being produced through the anthraquinone oxidation process, which is disadvantageous due to the requirement of toxic raw materials and high energy input. Recently, microbial electrochemical cells (MXCs), such as microbial fuel cells and microbial electrolysis cells, have demonstrated great potential for effective H2O2 production via cathodic oxygen-reduction reaction (ORR). Previous studies have specified key operational parameters for scaling-up of H2O2-producing MXCs, where improvements in production rate, conversion efficiency, product concentration and stability are attainable. Moreover, various systems have demonstrated their value proposition in the contaminant removal aspects through direct removal of various environmental pollutants, water disinfection, and many more. This review is intended to highlight promising ways of H2O2 production with MXCs and on-site environmental applications of bioelectrochemically-produced H2O2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123727
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Microbial electrochemical cells (MXCs)
  • Microbial hydrogen peroxide producing cells (MPPCs)
  • Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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