Special Issue "Formation of Biofilms and Its Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 6564
In this Special Issue, we would like to focus on the formation of biofilms as a part of coating methods, and the introduction of these applications. Additionally, we would like to propose the coating that regulates biofilms (both by accelerating and inhibiting the formation of biofilms).
Biofilms are formed on the surface of various materials, including metals, plastics, concretes, etc. Biofilms are made up of attached (gathered) microbes and the extracellular polymeric substrates (EPS) produced by them, the feature of which depends on the species of microbe community and the components of EPS. In industrial fields, they often affect the performance and lifetime of (parts of) plants, buildings, storage tanks, and other facilities. In environmental fields, they contribute to ecosystems and bioremediation. Hence, biofilms can be interpreted as a part of coatings. Of course, chemical, physical, and electrical coatings are generally powerful tools for protecting and maintaining the targets without the influence of basal materials to both accelerate or inhibit biofilm formation.
In particular, the topic of interest includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- The specific features of biofilm formed on a coating;
- Artificial biofilms and the application to industrial fields;
- The microbiomes of biofilms derived from wastewater treatment facilities, oil tanks, buildings, etc.;
- Regulating biofilm formation with intelligent coatings;
- The differences between non-treated biofilms and treated biofilms with biocides, chemical compounds, lights, coating, etc.
Dr. Akiko Ogawa
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