Development of an Osmium Redox Polymer Mediated Bioanode and Examination of Its Performance in Gluconobacter oxydans Based Microbial Fuel Cell

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Gluconobacter oxydans (G. oxydans) cells together with an osmium redox polymer (ORP) [Osmium (2,2'-bipyridine)2(poly-vinylimidazole)10Cl]Cl were combined with a glassy carbon paste electrode (GCPE) to form a bioanode for a microbial fuel cell (MFC) based on G. oxydans. Although there are G.oxydans/ ORP combined bioanode in the literature, as far as it is known, this system is the first one where G.oxydans/ORP bioanode is combined with a cathode and a MFC is formed. After the optimization of experimental parameters, analytical characteristics of ORP/G. oxydans/GCPE bioanode were investigated. ORP/G. oxydans/GCPE showed two linear ranges for ethanol substrate as 1.0-30mM (R2=0.902) and 30-500mM (R2=0.997) and analytical range as 1.0-1000mM. Limit of detection (3.0s/m) and limit of quantification (10s/m) values were calculated as 1.29mM and 4.30mM respectively where the RSD value was 1.16% for n=5. Combining the developed bioanode in the presence of 5.0mM K3Fe(CN)6 mediator with a Pt wire cathode a double compartment MFC was obtained via a salt bridge. G. oxydans/GCPE bioanode based MFC had maximum power density of 0.133 μW cm-2 (at 33.5 mV), maximum current density as 8.73 μA cm-2 and OCP value of 156 mV. On the other hand, ORP/G. oxydans/GCPE based MFC showed maximum power density as 0.26 μW cm-2 (at 46.8 mV), maximum current density as 15.079 μA cm-2 and OCP value of 176 mV.


  • Sema Aslan
  • Peter O. Conghaile
  • Dónal Leech
  • Lo Gorton
  • Suna Timur
  • Ulku Anik
External organisations
  • National University of Ireland Galway
  • Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
  • Ege University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Analytical Chemistry


  • Glassy carbon paste electrodes, Gluconobacter oxydans, Microbial biofuel cell, Osmium redox polymer
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1651-1657
Issue number6
Early online date2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun
Publication categoryResearch