Novel Surfaces to reduce biofilm adhesion

Research Area: Microbial Adhesion and Surface Chemistry

Research Sponsor: EPSRC and Procter & Gamble


Biofilms are a multispecies community of bacterial cells that can develop over time on any given surface, given enough time, available nutrients and access to water. The growth and development of biofilm on surfaces causes inefficiencies in industries such as product manufacturing due to the increased risk of contamination to products. In a medical setting, biofilm growth causes rise to infections, contamination of utensils and equipment, alongside spread of disease, it also provides an environment for antibiotic resistance.

This project will focus on looking at multispecies biofilms to examine the effects of biofilm formation on different surfaces. The research will look at the effects of cleaning chemicals commonly used in the manufacturing industry on various surfaces to uncover possible conditioning of surfaces for reduced biofilm adhesion. Furthermore, to investigate possible synthetic methods to synthesize novel thin-films that can reduce biofilm attachment. Understanding surface chemistry and looking to reduce biofilm adhesion can potentially help reduce significant cost to industry, improve productivity and reduce health risks that arise from contamination in product manufacturing.


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