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Microbial Contamination of Materials: Microbially Influenced Corrosion and Biofouling

Location

Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Functional Materials Division

RO# Location
13.25.01.B8256 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Goodson, Wendy Jean wendy.goodson.1@us.af.mil (937) 656-9223

Description

Microbially Influenced Corrosion (MIC) is defined as corrosion that is caused or exacerbated by microorganisms (bacteria, fungi). It is often facilitated by microbial biofilms--communities of microorganisms that associate with a material and attack the material through the production of enzymes and metabolites. The risk and rate of MIC is driven by a combination of the composition of the microbial community, the chemistry of the material, and the environmental conditions under which the microorganisms persist, which in turn drive their metabolic processes. Our laboratory examines how degradative processes are influenced by microbial physiology, microbial community dynamics and spatial-temporal relationships within biofilm communities. We use molecular, genetic, biochemical, microscopic and spectroscopic tools to characterize microbial biofilms and determine their effects on materials. These fundamental studies are the foundation of many applied technology efforts for aerospace and fuel systems management, which include detection and mitigation of MIC and biofouling.

 

References

Biffinger JC, et al: The applicability of Impranil-DLN for gauging the biodegradation of polyurethanes. Polymer Degradation and Stability. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2015.06.020, 2015

Biffinger JC, et al: A direct quantitative agar-plate based assay for analysis of Pseudomonas protegens Pf-5 degradation of polyurethane films. International Biodegradation & Biodeterioration 95: 311-319, 2014

Crookes-Goodson WJ, et al: Impact of culture medium on the development and physiology of Pseudomonas fluorescence biofilms on polyurethane pain. Biofouling 29(6): 601-615, 2013. DOI:10.1080/08927014.2013.783906

 

Keywords:
Microbially influenced corrosion; Biofilms; Biodeterioration; Biofouling; Microbial physiology; Mycology; Microbial communities; Bacteria; Fungi;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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