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EPSRC Reference: GR/R59755/01
Title: Characterising the Adhesion Mechanics of Bacterial Spores with the Quartz Crystal Microbalance
Principal Investigator: Joyce, Professor MJ
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Department: Engineering
Organisation: Lancaster University
Scheme: ROPA
Starts: 02 January 2002 Ends: 01 January 2003 Value (£): 43,665
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Cells Materials testing & eng.
Tissue Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Food and Drink
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This research aims to explore a novel application of the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) for characterising the adhesion mechanics of bacterial spores. It will investigate the physical mechanisms by which dormant micro-organisms adhere to surfaces via their influence on effective properties of the fluid layer, such as mass-trapping, viscous-coupling, fluid viscosity and fluid density, at the surface of a shear oscillator. A deeper understanding of this primary phase of biofilm development represents a fundamental scientific objective that has profound long-term relevance across many industries. The requested support will pump-prime collaboration at the Lifesciences interface, between the Institute for Food Research (Norwich) and the Engineering Department (Lancaster University).
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