The Scientometric Evaluation of The Research on Yeast Microbial Fuel Cells as A Promising Sustainable Energy Source

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Chemistry, Diponegoro University, Jl. Prof. Sudarto SH, Tembalang, Semarang, 50275, Indonesia

2 Master Program of Energy, School of Postgraduate Studies, Diponegoro University, Pleburan, Semarang, 50241, Indonesia

3 Department of Chemical Engineering, Institut Teknologi Indonesia, Jl. Raya Puspiptek Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, 15314, Indonesia

4 Research Center for Advanced Materials, National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Kawasan PUSPIPTEK Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, 15314, Indonesia


The yeast microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are promising energy conversion devices that use yeast as a biocatalyst to convert chemical energy to electrical energy. Yeast MFCs have garnered considerable interest due to their ability to create electrons, low cost, moderate functioning at ambient temperature, ease of growth, and specificity for substrates. The scientometric analysis of the Web of Science database was carried out to identify the historical research trend related to yeast MFC of 148 high-quality publications from 2005 to mid-2022. The detailed analysis starting with the notion of energy generation during fermentation. Noteworthy breakthroughs in the creation of electrode materials, mediator addition, and in-situ application of yeast MFCs are highlighted. The analysis results revealed that Asian researcher dominated the on yeast MFCs topic, with India and South Korea leading the way. Diponegoro University researcher has the most publications on yeast MFCs, while a researcher from Pennsylvania State University has the most citations. This article may help the yeast MFCs researchers to navigate the overview of this research area and identify the most significant articles, countries, researchers, potential transdisciplinary collaboration and prolific contribution by researcher on this topic. These findings also reveal the future of yeast MFC research trend.