Special Issue "Biofilm and Materials Science"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2016).
Interests: Biofilm engineering; Environmental friendly surface engineering; Creative engineering
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Biofilm is an inhomogeneous thin film formed on materials by bacterial activities. It is produced by the attachment of bacteria onto materials (the phenomenon is called micro biofouling), and it leads to many kinds of industrial problems as a result. Microbial influenced corrosion (MIC), infections through medical instruments and food related materials, various aqueous pipes, heat exchanging facilities, deterioration of marine structures components, etc., are some examples. Even though these examples illustrate the negative side of biofilm, it could be used for positive purposes, such as fish reefs, artificial weed materials, sensors, fuel cells, environmental remediation, etc. It was first studied and investigated in medical science and then spread to environmental science. Since the formation of biofilms needs materials as substrate, the interaction between microbial activities in environments and materials as substrate should be the most important key to solve industrial problems. However, the approach from materials science has been lacking so far. To solve the related industrial problems effectively, the investigation of biofilm from the viewpoint of materials science is greatly required. In this Special Issue, I aim to cast a spotlight on this interaction. I welcome any papers, from areas of fundamental science to practical technical ones, from basic evaluation methods to phenomenal technical reports in practical fields, including reviews, and scientific and technical papers. The knowledge in the interdisciplinary areas between biology, environmental science, and materials science will lead to the solution of many industrial and practical problems in the near future. Do not hesitate to submit your ideas and papers to this Special Issue.
Dr. Hideyuki Kaneamtsu
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- materials science
- microbial influenced corrosion
- contamination on materials surfaces
- sticky scales in the pipes
- food processing
- hygine problems
- chronic infectious disease