AEESP Award for Outstanding Publication

Logan et al (2006)
“Microbial Fuel Cells: Methodology and Technology”
Environmental Science & Technology
40(17): 5181-5192

This award is given annually to recognize the author(s) of a "landmark environmental engineering and science paper that has withstood the test of time and significantly influenced the practice of environmental engineering and science.

Logan et al. (2006) presented a landmark paper written to tackle the confusion, non-uniformity, and even errors encountered in the field of bioelectrochemical systems in environmental engineering. The publication addresses everything from microbial fuel cell design features and electrode and membrane materials to nuances of analytical electrochemistry techniques. The impacts of this publication can also be seen numerically through an inspection of its citation record. This paper has 3,000+ citations, making it the 2nd highest cited paper of the 40,771 papers published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, and it is the #1 most cited work of the >9800 papers in the topic of “Microbial Fuel Cells”. And even after 15 years since its publication, still receives over 300 citations per year. Referees cite it as “Game changing”.

Bruce E. Logan
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