Synthesis of Novel Schiff Base Cobalt (II) and Iron (III) Complexes as Cathode Catalysts for Microbial Fuel Cell Applications
Aghdam, Araz Sheibani
Cebeci, Fevzi Çakmak
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In this study, the synthesis and characterization of a new Schiff base and its cobalt(II) and iron(III) complexes were performed fully characterized by common spectroscopic techniques such as 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, FT-IR, UV–Vis and MS and elemental analysis. The cathodes prepared with only activated carbon, Co-Schiff base complex, and Fe-Schiff base complex mixed with activated carbon as the carrier were examined in single chamber air cathode microbial fuel cells (MFCs). The spectroscopic results confirm the structure of novel Schiff base and its complexes with cobalt (II) and Fe(III). MFC results showed that Fe-Schiff base complex generated higher voltage generation using glucose as the carbon source. Cyclic voltammetry results showed the conductivity and catalytic features of the cathodes developed in this study. Scanning electron microscopic results showed the distribution the complexes on the cathode surface. In conclusion, a novel Schiff base and its complexes with cobalt (II) and iron (III) can be employed into MFC technology to be used in green electricity production, and might help decreasing the operating costs of wastewater treatment plants.