Polysulfone composed of polyaniline nanoparticles as nanocomposite proton exchange membrane in microbial fuel cell

Mostafa Ghasemi*, Mostafa Rahimnejad, Chakavak Esmaeili, Wan Ramli Wan Daud, Mohd Shahbudin Masdar, Edy Herianto Majlan, Sedky H.A. Hassan, Javed Alam, Manal Ismail, Mansour Saleh Alhoshan

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Proton exchange membranes play a critical role in the performance of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) but their high price was always a big deal for commercialization of MFCs. In the present study, doped and undoped polyaniline nanoparticles/polysulfone nanocomposites membranes as a new type of PEM, were fabricated and applied in the MFC and their performance was compared with Nafion 117 as a traditional and expensive PEM. The obtained results show that MFC working by undoped Pani/Ps generated 78.1 mW/m2 which is higher than doped Pani/Ps system with 62.5 mW/m2. However, Naion 117 generated the highest power than other types of membrane by 93 mW/m2. It means that undoped Pani/Ps can compete in power generation with Nafion 117 and this is an outlook toward commercialization of MFC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-319
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Microbial Fuel Cell, Proton Exchange Membrane, Nanocomposite, Pani

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry

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