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Bioprocesses, biopolymers and biosensors: delivering new solutions to environmental problems through and understanding of microbial systems

 

Thomas SeviourSpeaker

Dr Thomas Seviour, MIChemE CEng

SCELCE, NTU (Singapore)

When

Thursday 23th June at 1.15pm

Where

Room 2.01, Building 1 West, University of Bath (Location and maps)

Abstract

Cells mediate interactions with the environment through their membranes and extracellular matrices, which comprise a range of biopolymers that facilitate key extracellular processes. These interfaces can be exploited to increase stability, yield and throughput in Bioprocesses, particularly in areas of waste treatment and biofuel production. The Biopolymers that make up the matrix are themselves very valuable and renewable resources. Agents to monitor extracellular processes present as attractive Biosensors for a range of biofilm-mediated maladies. This seminar will discuss how an understanding of microbial systems can be used to deliver new solutions to a range of complex environmental problems, by increasing yield and stability of Bioprocesses, promoting the solubilisation and recovery of Biopolymers, and developing Biosensors for use in diagnostics.