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Optimisation of support medium for particle-based biofilm reactors

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4479 228 2007 8 PDF Available
Title
Optimisation of support medium for particle-based biofilm reactors
Abstract

The aim of this study was to propose a method to improve the biofilm growth on different polymer materials by modifying their surface properties. The ability of two aerobic bacteria strains: Pseudomonas aeruginosa O1 and Bacillus subtilis CIP 5265 to grow on various non-coated and coated polymer materials were investigated. A layer of polymethylmethacrylate and powdered activated carbon (PMMA/PAC) was used to improve the microbial adhesion dynamics. The substratum and cell surface properties were characterized using contact angle measurements. Fluorescent microscopy and SEM were used to observe the support and the biofilm growth. It was determined that better results can be obtained increasing the difference between the surface free energies of the support and the bacteria. It was found that supports with modified surface show higher biofilm development rate and better surface colonization. The influence of the surface free energy on the detachment force and correspondingly on the biofilm formation was demonstrated.

Keywords
Cell immobilization; Surface properties; Thermodynamic approach; Solid surface conditioning
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Publisher
Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Biochemical Engineering Journal - Volume 37, Issue 3, 15 December 2007, Pages 238–245
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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