Facile synthesis of PVP-MnO2/CNT composites as ORR electrocatalyst for an air-cathode microbial fuel cell

Huei Ruey Ong, Chee Wai Woon, Muhammad Sheraz Ahmad, Abu Yousuf, Chin Kui Cheng, Md Maksudur Rahman Khan

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The cathodic oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is an influential step in fuel cells for the electrochemical energy conversion. Here we synthesized Polyvinylpyrrolidone incorporated carbon nanotube supported manganese dioxide (PVP-MnO2/CNT) composite and used as ORR electrocatalyst for air-cathode microbial fuel cell (MFC). The physical and electrochemical characterization of PVP-MnO2/CNT were performed by using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray Diffraction analysis (XRD), Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). The electrochemical characterization results showed that the PVP-MnO2/CNT possessed the higher ORR catalytic activity with lower charge transfer resistance compared to MnO2 and MnO2/CNT. The performance of the electrocatalysts as cathode was evaluated in air-cathode MFC and it was found that the MFC with MnO2-PVP/CNT electrocatalyst generated a maximum power density of 1365.30 mW/m3, which was higher than that of MFCs with MnO2/CNT catalyst (1083.98 mW/m3), MnO2 (540.91 mW/m3) and CNT (438.47 mW/m3). Therefore, the viable synthetic strategy and proposed application of PVP-MnO2/CNT will broaden up the reality of MFC for power generation.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)7789-7799
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Electrochemical Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • Electrocatayst
  • Microbial fuel cell
  • Oxygen reduction reaction


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