Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Low Frequency Ultrasound to Control Biofouling and Reduce Energy Losses
This research targets a pragmatic and “green” approach to disrupting biofilms. This approach is sonicating biofilms with low frequency ultrasound (LFU). It is fairly unique in that the method (viz. LFU) can be adapted to a range of applications including therapeutics and energy. In the energy space specifically, this research could develop protocols to mitigate biofouling, thereby decreasing energy losses. This research project merges both biochemistry and mechanics to understand more fundamentally the action of ultrasound on bacteria.