Mapping the field of microbial fuel cell: A quantitative literature review (1970-2020)

Naseer, Muhammad Nihal and Zaidi, A. Asad and Khan, Hamdullah and Kumar, Sagar and bin Owais, Muhammad Taha and Jaafar, Juhana and Suhaimin, Nuor Sariyan and Wahab, Yasmin Abdul and Dutta, Kingshuk and Asif, Muhammad and Hatta, Sharifah Fatmadiana Wan Muhamad and Uzair, Muhammad (2021) Mapping the field of microbial fuel cell: A quantitative literature review (1970-2020). Energy Reports, 7. pp. 4126-4138. ISSN 2352-4847, DOI

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Microbial fuel cell (MFC) has received much attention in the last decade as a promising technology to simultaneously generate electricity and decontaminate wastewater. This study aims to quantitatively review the published literature on MFC, published in the period of 1970-2020, based on the Web of Science (WoS) database. For the first time in literature, a comprehensive quantitative review of MFC has been conducted by employing the technique of bibliometric and content analyses. A total of 11,397 publications have been retrieved from WoS, out of which 81.6% are research articles. The evaluation in the field of MFC has been mapped in various categories, such as publication history, publication distribution, subject category distribution, leading journals, leading countries and leading organizations in MFC research. Additionally, content analysis has been conducted to unearth the research trends in MFC; and some hot research topics in MFC have been spotted. Results depict that the period 2011-2020 has been the most appreciating era for MFC research, as it contributed 87% of the total publications. Among the subject categories, energy fuel and microbiology lead with contributions of 26.5% for each, but the overall growth of the energy fuel category in the last decade has been the highest. Out of 1,147 journals publishing MFC research, Bioresource Technology is the leading one; and countries like China, USA and India are the main hub of MFC research with 26.47%, 16.95% and 7.69% contributions in publications, respectively. The hottest topics in MFC research are nanoparticles, catalysts, air electrodes, graphene electrodes, power enhancement, air cathode and nitrogen removal. Moreover, major research areas are engineering, energy fuels and biotechnology with each contribution 26.5% of the total publications. (C) 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia under Fundamental Research Grant Scheme[FRGS/1/2020/TK0/UTM/02/66], National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
Uncontrolled Keywords: Microbial fuel cell;Research trend;Global attention;Research topics;Bibliometric analysis;Quantitative review
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Office > Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2022 04:14
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2022 04:14

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