Special Issue "Physics and Mechanics of Biofilms: Modelling and Experimental Characterizations"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018) | Viewed by 6247
Interests: mathematical modelling of biofilm and material science; scientific computation; numerical analysis
Most microbial species in nature live in the form of biofilms, which are described as a multicellular consortium of microbial cells that are attached to a surface and encased in a self-secreted, extracellular polymeric matrix. The study of biofilms represents a radical new way of understanding the microbiology of virtually everything around us, including problems that afflict industry, such as biofouling, serious public health issues, as well as constructive use of biofilms, such as waste water treatment and microbial fuel cells. In particular, understanding the physics and mechanics of biofilms plays a crucial role in almost every aspects of biofilm-related applications.
The development of a biofilm is a complicated process, and understanding it requires both experimental and modeling approaches. Experiments provide directly-measured qualitative or quantitative characterizations of biofilm properties that are essential to reveal biofilm formation process. Mathematical models translate the conceptual understanding of the biofilm system into mathematical terms, and solutions are obtained by using available mathematical or statistical tools. The computational models enable the prediction of bacteria adhesion, biofilm formation and mechanics of biofilms in various conditions. In recent years, there has been fast development in both experimental and modeling study of biofilms, providing an abundance of information of physics of biofilms at many different scales and more sophisticated and accurate models. There are still a lot of opportunities and challenges in the field of biofilm study, and this Special Issue on “Physics and Mechanics of Biofilms: Modelling and Experimental Characterizations” aims to bring together recent advances, and invites original contributions and one review paper, which can add significant value to biofilm research.
Dr. Tianyu Zhang
Dr. Jinju Chen
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- Biofilm modeling
- Biofilm mechanics
- Multispecies biofilms
- Medical biofilms
- Bacteria adhesion