Continuum models of biofilms<br/><br/>

Monday, September 13, 2010 - 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Lind 305
Isaac Klapper (Montana State University)
Biofilms are often key players in human,
animal, and plant infections, fouling of industrial equipment, contamination
of water systems, as well as in waste remediation, not
even to mention their central roles in all geochemical cycles.
Viewed as materials, biofilms are quite interesting: they are living,
growing viscoelastic fluids with surprising ability to respond to
and defend against environmental challenges. However, they are also complex
systems in which biological, chemical, and physical factors are, in general,
strongly coupled. For all of these reasons, biofilms are attractive
modeling targets. Thus this talk will present a quick survey of efforts
to characterize and model biofilms on a continuum macroscale, emphasizing
issues especially relevant to medical contexts.
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