Electricity Enhancement in Constructed Wetlands (CWs) integrated with Microbial Fuel Cell for Coastal Areas

Closing Date

30th June 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Until now electricity generation in Constructed Wetlands (CWs) integrated with Microbial Fuel Cell for coastal areas is very low. The improvement in electricity generation or electron flow to the conductive material can be applied for real time applications such as pollutant sensing. In addition, transfer of electron to conductive material can also enhance the treatment of wastewater in CW.  It is reported by several studies with bioelectrochemical cells such as MFC, a large fraction of electron transfers to the methanogenic bacteria for the production of methane gas. This is the reason why the production rate of methane gas is high in CW-MFC systems whereas electricity generation is low. In this project, we are trying to inhibit methanogenic bacteria so that the entire or maximum electron goes directly to the conductive material. With extracting more electrons from the microbes, electricity generation of CW-MFC can be enhanced. This strategy can also be beneficial for producing greenhouse gases of low potential.

So, the objectives of this PhD research are:

  1. Enhance the electricity generation in MFCs by inhibiting the methanogenic activities
  2. Investigating the potential of MFC for real time applications such as pollution sensing

Essential Skills

  • The potential candidate for this PhD project should have previous working experience in measurement and analysis of different contaminants in environmental laboratory

Desirable Skills

  • Having previous experience in application of different machine learning techniques is an extra advantage in selecting the PhD candidate

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Vikram Garaniya for further information.