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Research project: Sensor actuated smart interfaces incorporating bio-hybrid materials (biofilm sensing)

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The ability to detect bacterial biofilms within marine heat exchangers in-service is often limited by a lack of suitable techniques capable of sensing for the presence of these biofilm species.  Biofilms are a problem since they can cause the reduction in heat transfer performance, fluid frictional resistance increases, fluid flow restriction and biocorrosion.

This research project is focusing on two key areas: (i) bacterial biofilm sensing and (ii) disruption, with the ultimate long-term objective to link new robust sensor technology with novel biofilm control to produce smart surfaces that are capable of quantitative evaluation of the interface. 

This project has drawn on and strengthened existing collaborations at the University between the national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), the School of Engineering Sciences, the School of Biological Sciences and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS)

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Biofouling detection
Biofouling detection
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