Conference Proceeding

Microfluidic platforms with application of nano technology for microbial wastewater treatment and power generation

Dr. Reza Sadr,
Texas A&M University, Qatar

Dr. Reza Sadr is associate professor in the mechanical engineering program at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He received his PhD from University of Utah in 2002. Before joining 2008, he moved to Georgia Tech Atlanta as research scientist, and then to Georgia Tech Savannah as visiting assistant professor. After moving to Qatar he has established Micro Scale Thermo Fluids (MSTF) Laboratory at Texas A&M at Qatar. His research expertise is in experimental methods in thermo-fluid sciences. His current research interests include micro/nanofluidics, droplets and sprays, environmental fluid mechanics, and supercritical thermo-fluids. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineering and American Physical Society since 1998.

Wastewater is an abundant source of organic matter, which can be transformed into biogas while at the same time treating the waste using microbial electrolysis cells (MECs). On the other hand, hydrogen and methane, generated for example from organic waste biomass, have the potential to become important clean energy sources for the generation of electricity and transportation fuels using microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Both these fluidic systems use microbial electrocatalysis that relies on microorganisms as catalysts for reactions occurring at electrodes. This talk provides a glance at the effort by Texas A&M researchers to design the state of the art microfluidic platform for development ofthe next-generation of biofuels. Details of the analysis for the microfluidic element, a high-throughput microbial array platform having liquid and gas interface, and advancement in the design of the Carbon nanotube (CNT) based electrodes for applications in MECs and MFCs are presented.

Published: 27 April 2017