The dynamics and characterization of electroactive biofilms

L. E. Doyle, E. Marsili

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Microbially derived current is a defining feature of electrochemically active biofilms, with important implications from both an engineering and biogeochemical standpoint. The role of these biofilms in metal cycling in the environment, in addition to their potential for producing green energy, highlights the need for increased discussion regarding their dynamics and characterization. Here, the fundamentals of these microorganisms are discussed in detail, including the mechanisms by which electrons are transported across the cell membrane. Furthermore, experimental considerations associated with characterizing electrochemically active biofilms, such as electrode choice and suitable electrochemical techniques, are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry
Subtitle of host publicationSurface Science and Electrochemistry
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128098943
ISBN (Print)9780128097397
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Anode-respiring bacteria
  • Bioelectrochemistry
  • Biofilms
  • Electrochemically active bacteria
  • Electrodes
  • Exoelectrogens
  • Extracellular electron transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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