Bioreactors for Evaluation of Reduced Biofilm Formation by Modified PVC Materials

PVC conduits are widely used for the supply of drinking water. Microbial biofilm formation in water conduits can result in a reduction in drinking water quality; hence, there is a desire to reduce the propensity for biofilm formation by developing “self-cleaning” materials that deter biofilms by chemically-mediated nitric oxide release.

This project will examine the use of newly acquired stirred and drip-film bioreactors to establish freshwater biofilm communities on PVC and then undertake biofilm deterrence experiments on novel PVC materials generated by our collaborators.

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