Robin Gerlach presented at the Bioengineering Seminar Series

Dr. Robin Gerlach from the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) at Montana State University-Bozeman (USA), visited NBIC at University of Southampton to present an overview of his group’s work on mineral-precipitating and mineral-dissolving microbes. Dr Gerlach’s presentation ‘Rock-Forming Microbes – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ provided an insight into biofilm-forming microbes involved in diverse fields such as cement production, art, environmental remediation, building damage, corrosion and kidney stone formation.

Dr. Gerlach and collaborators are trying to harness the Beauty of and control the Beast within these diverse biofilm-forming microbes. Controlling their actions provides an opportunity to develop novel building materials, stabilize building foundations and dams, seal leaking wells, control radioactive wastes, create pieces of art, and improve the treatment and prevention of kidney stones.