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Science+Art+Design Workshop Sustainable Energy: Microbial Fuel Cells

Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:10 am to 11:40 am

University Center, 618 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Current energy systems rely heavily on petroleum/crude oil to generate power but their production and use have contributed to climate change and pollution. Scientists and designers have discovered sustainable alternatives to crude oil such as solar panels and wind turbines, but their implementation is limited by economics, politics, and geography. The microbial fuel cell is currently being researched as an alternative form of energy that can both treat and create energy from wastewater and locally sourced sediment. The microbial life in these systems has evolved to survive and carry out metabolic processes to transfer electrons from molecule to molecule. We can harness this process by designing a circuit that directs the flow of these moving electrons such that they can be captured, thus, creating a microbial fuel cell. Join us as we explore genomics and ecological research to utilize biodiverse bacteria identified to be highly electrogenic and suited for this emerging technology as well as the manipulation of variables that effect texture, consistency, and rate of synthesis.

This event is sponsored by The Department of Natural Sciences & MathematicsEugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and The Provost Office. 

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Video: PopUpComputerRepair. "Electricity - Bill Nye the Science Guy." YouTube. YouTube, 05 Apr. 2012. Web. 27 Jan. 2017. Link

Microbial Fuel Cell Video:  “The Microbial Fuel Cell.” Sebastian De Bruin. YouTube. April 2013. Link.

Wastewater Treatment Video: TEDx Youth. “Turning Wastewater into Energy: Nurul Mohdreza.” YouTube. May 14th, 2014. Link

Research/Paper Battery: SUNY, Research Foundation for. “Binghamton University engineer creates origami battery.” Binghamton-Origami Battery - RF for SUNY. Link


Presented by the Department of Interdiciplinary Science at Eugene Lang College

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General Public


University Science Labs


Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts


Environmental Studies, Natural Science, Climate Change



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