5DHPG – Rajvinder Kaur

Microorganisms attach to surfaces and form a sessile functional consortium of microorganisms called a biofilm. Biofilms cause ubiquitous problems of high environmental and financial impact in engineered environments due to the detrimental effects they cause, in particular the reduced performance of a surface. For example, biofouling of a ship’s hull leads to an increase in fuel costs, due to increased drag the biofilm causes, increasing CO2 emissions by 20-40%. The overall aims of the project are: 

  • Investigate different surface modification techniques to increase the inherent ability of a surface to prevent bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation
  • Develop new novel antibiofouling agents which work in conjunction with surface modifications
  • Create new models to evaluate surface modification/textures in conjunction with antibiofouling technologies