Bioelectrochem. Lab

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Prof. Dr. Uwe Schröder
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From microbial electrochemistry to microbial electrochemical technologies

Since 2001, the fundamentals of microbial electrochemistry and microbial electrochemical technologies represent a cornerstone of the Schröder group's research activities. With more than 70 publications, our team belongs to the internationally leading groups in this research area.

We study the fundamentals of microbial electrochemistry in order to understand and to exploit the interactions of microorganims and electrodes. Based on this understanding, we develop novel electrode materials and electrode designs for high performance bioelectrochemical systems, like microbial fuel cells or microbial electrolysis cells. In order to take these systems into applications, we develop scalable reactors and study their application potential.

Selected publications (You find the complete publication list here):

Review papers, books, book chapters

Uwe Schröder & Falk Harnisch
Life electric – Nature as a blueprint for the development of microbial electrochemical technologies 
 XY (2017) DOI:

Amit Kumar, Huan-Hsuan Hsu, Paul Kavanagh, Frédéric Barrière, Piet N. L. Lens, Laure Lapinsonnière, John H. Lienhard V,
Uwe Schröder, Xiaocheng Jiang and Dónal Leech
The ins and outs of microorganism – electrode electron transfer reactions
Nature Reviews Chemistry 1 (2017) Article number: 0024; doi:10.1038/s41570-017-0024

Uwe Schröder, Falk Harnisch, Lars Angenent 
Microbial electrochemistry and technology: terminology and classification
Energy and Environmental Science 8 (2015), 513-519

U. Schröder
Discover the possibilities: microbial bioelectrochemical systems and the revival of a 100-year–old discovery
Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry15 (2011) 1481-1486

U. Schröder 
Anodic electron transfer mechanisms in microbial fuel cells and their energy efficiency 
(Invited Article) 
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 
9 (2007) 2619-2629

Bioelectrochemical Systems: From extracellular electron transfer to biotechnological application
Edited by K. Rabaey, L. Angenent,  U. Schröder, J. Keller
IWA Publishing, 2010, 488p.

Microbial electrochemistry

Igor Schmidt, Alexander Pieper, Hilke Wichmann, Dr. Boyke Bunk, Katharina Huber, Jörg Overmann, Peter Jomo Walla, Uwe Schröder
In Situ Autofluorescence Spectroelectrochemistry for the Study of Microbial Extracellular Electron Transfer
ChemElectroChem (2017) DOI: 10.1002/celc.201700675

Igor Schmidt, Alaaeldin Gad, Gregor Scholz, Heidi Boht, Michael Martens, Meinhard Schilling, Hutomo Suryo Wasisto, Andreas Waag, Uwe Schröder
Gold-modified indium tin oxide as a transparent window in optoelectronic diagnostics of electrochemically active biofilms
Biosensors & Bioelectronics 94 (2017) 74-80

Hoang K. Ly, Falk Harnisch, Siang-Fu Hong, Uwe Schröder, Peter Hildebrandt, Diego Millo
Unraveling the interfacial electron transfer dynamics of electroactive microbial biofilms by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
ChemSusChem 6 (2013) 487-492

A. A. Carmona-Martinez, F. Harnisch, U. Kuhlicke, T.R. Neu, U. Schröder
Electron transfer and biofilm formation of Shewanella putrefaciens as function of anode potential
Bioelectrochemistry (2012)

A. A. Carmona-Martinez, F. Harnisch, L. A. Fitzgerald, J. C. Biffinger, B. R. Ringeisen, U. Schröder
Cyclic voltammetric analysis of the electron transfer of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 and nanofilament and cytochrome knock-out mutants
Bioelectrochemistry81 (2011) 74–80

D. Millo, F. Harnisch, S.A. Patil. H. K. Ly, U. Schröder, P. Hildebrandt
In situ Spectroelectrochemcial Investigation of electrocatalytic microbial biofilms by surface-enhanced resonance raman spectroscopy
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50 (2011) 2625–2627
Angewandte Chemie 123 (2011) 2673–2675

K. Fricke, F. Harnisch, U. Schröder 
On the use of cyclic voltammetry for the study of the anodic electron transfer in microbial fuel cells 
Energy & Environmental Science 
1 (2008) 144-147

Electrode concepts

A. Baudler*, I. Schmidt*, M. Langner, A. Greiner, U. Schröder
Does it have to be carbon? Metal anodes in microbial fuel cells and related bioelectrochemical systems
Energy and Environmental Science (2015)

Shuiliang Chen, Guanghua He, Qin Liu, Falk Harnisch, Yan Zhou, Yu Chen, Hanif Muddasir, Suqin Wang, Xinwen Peng, Haoqing Hou, Uwe Schröder
Layered corrugated electrode macrostructures boost microbial bioelectrocatalysis
Energy & Environmental Science 5 (2012) 9769-9772

Reactor development and applied research 

Sebastian Riedl, Robert Keith Brown, Sarah Klöckner, Katharina J. Huber, Boyke Bunk, Jörg Overmann, Uwe Schröder
Successive conditioning in complex artificial wastewater increases the performance of electrochemically active biofilms treating real wastewater
ChemElectroChem (2017) DOI: 10.1002/celc.201700929

Robert Keith Brown, Ulrike Christiane Schmidt, Falk Harnisch, Uwe Schröder
Combining hydrogen evolution and corrosion data - A case study on the economic viability of selected metal cathodes in microbial electrolysis cells
J. Power Sources 356 (2017) 473-483

Jörg Kretzschmar, Sebastian Riedl, Robert Keith Brown, Uwe Schröder, Falk Harnisch
eLatrine: Lessons Learned from the Development of a Low-Tech MFC Based on Cardboard Electrodes for the Treatment of Human Feces
Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 164 (2017) H3065-H3072

R. K. Brown, F. Harnisch, S. Wirth, H. Wahlandt, T. Dockhorn, N. Dichtl, U. Schröder
Evaluating the effects of scaling up on the performance of bioelectrochemical systems using a technical scale microbial electrolysis cell
Bioresource Technology 163 (2014) 206-213

R. K. Brown, F. Harnisch, T. Dockhorn, U. Schröder
Examining sludge production in bioelectrochemical systems treating domestic wastewater.
Bioresource Technology 198 (2015) 913–917

Thomas Krieg, Anne Sydow, Uwe Schröder, Jens Schrader, Dirk Holtmann
Reactor concepts for bioelectrochemical syntheses and energy conversion
Trends in Biotechnology 32 (2014) 645-655