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 One of the pleasures of our craft is that we learn about developments in science and technology through our customers, who are often on the cutting edge in their fields. Pictured on the right is a great example of this. A number of years ago, we were approached by a research institution looking for custom glassware. The images on the right show the resulting microbial fuel cells (MFC) developed for their research.

These glass cells are designed to support a membrane, such as Nafion®, between the flanges, and are esentially a modified "H"style electrochemical cell.

Microbial fuel cell 1

 We have used several configurations for this membrane support, but have been making quite a number of these using the NW style flanges with the knuckle clamp shown in this series of pictures. For MFC's, we use these flanges in sizes ranging from 10mm ID to 50 mm.  See our MFC page showing our now standard configurations.

One of the ideas is to study electron transfer between bacteria and their environment. Among many exciting possibilities, this research may yield surfaces that can "totally inhibit corrosion", produce energy while cleaning water, and even help with tooth decay.

Microbial fuel cell with teflon sealing gasket

One of our clients writes...

"Dear Tom,

The microbial fuel cell reactors that you have prepared for our team are fantastic. Thank you for your thoughtful design suggestions, interest in our science, and following up to ensure that the Adams & Chittenden reactors work as well we anticipated. We look forward to working with you again as our projects develop.

All the best"

Microbial fuel cell assembled