Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes digest pollutants
R&D - 06/28/2017
Under a microscope, the carbon nanofiber electrode resembles a kitchen scrubber. The electrode was made by co-lead author Meryem Pehlivaner, M.S. ’13, currently a doctoral student at Northeastern University, with senior author Margaret Frey, professor of fiber science and an associate dean of the College of Human Ecology. Pehlivaner fabricated the carbon nanofibers via electrospinning and carbonization processes. After a few hours electrospinning, a thick nanofiber sheet – visible to the naked eye – emerges.