Efficient production of acetate from inorganic carbon (HCO3–) in microbial electrosynthesis systems incorporating Ag3PO4/g-C3N4 anaerobic photo-assisted biocathodes
journal contributionposted on 05.01.2021, 14:52 by Weifeng Kong, Liping Huang, Xie Quan, Zongbin Zhao, Gianluca Li-PumaGianluca Li-Puma
The efficient production of acetate from HCO3− by the nonphotosynthetic bacterium Serratia marcescens Q1 is demonstrated in an anaerobic, photo-assisted, microbial electrosynthesis (MES) system incorporating a Ag3PO4/g-C3N4 biocathode. The Ag3PO4/g-C3N4 formed a Z-scheme photocatalytic heterojunction structure with enhanced redox capacity. The photocorrosion of Ag3PO4 was inhibited by the production of H2O2 in-situ, through water oxidation driven by the photogenerated holes on the Ag3PO4 valence band. The photoinduced electrons on the conduction band of g-C3N4 instead produced H2, which was metabolized by the Q1 electrotroph with HCO3− to produce acetate at a rate of 5.4 mM/d with a CEacetate of 93 % at a current density of 3.3 A/m2. The MES accumulated up to 81.0 mM with a CEacetate of 89 % over 16 days continuous operation. This study provides a sustainable and feasible strategy for inhibiting the photocorrosion of Ag3PO4 and thus achieve efficient acetate production from HCO3− in photo-assisted MESs biocathodes.
National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21777017 and 52070032)
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