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Figure above shows single chamber microbial fuel cells that will be used in this project.

Microbial electron transfer: Research and innovation for social welfare

Water is the basis of life. It is essential for a healthy, sustainable environment to support life, the wellbeing of all biological systems, and economic development. The availability of sufficient clean water has become a societal issue all over the world. In the METRIS project, we work on the treatment of industrial (textile) wastewater for reuse through microbial fuel cell technology. Water reuse is particularly important in water-stressed areas e.g. countries with arid climates.

The research team consists of:

  • Prof Taj Keshavarz and Dr Godfrey Kyazze from the University of Westminster, UK
  • Prof. Ola Gomaa from The Atomic Energy Authority, and  Dr Eng. Ihab Adly, TEGROM, Egypt
  • Research Assistant Kyle Bowman based at the University of Westminster.

The project is funded by the British Council Newton Fund - Institutional Links Grant Programme on the British side, and Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) from the Egyptian side. Under the Newton-Musharafa Fund, Institutional Links grants facilitate research which tackles local development needs and challenges such as water scarcity and access to energy.
The project will run from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2019.

Textile wastewater treatment using microbial fuel cells


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