My research project
Development of microbial self-powered biosensor for water quality monitoring
Water pollution has increasingly been recognised as a global issue, as it poses a serious threat to both human and environmental health. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are a novel technology in which microorganisms oxidise biodegradable organic materials in wastewater to generate electricity. They may be used as biosensors to evaluate the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) in the feed water in real-time, with the added benefit of being self-sustaining. The goal of my research is to develop a cost-effective and operationally stable MFC-based biosensor for applications in water quality monitoring.