Effects of Silicon & Organometallic Antifoulants on Environmental Biofilms

Title:

Effects of Silicon & Organometallic Antifoulants on Environmental Biofilms

Progress:

  • Collection of several environmental biofilm samples around or within Pace University‚Äôs Choate Pond
  • Successful inoculation of environmental samples in fresh LB Broth w/ blank slides and LB Agar using sterile techniques.
  • Tracked biofilm growth under controlled temperature & pressure of incubator to identify the source of the strongest biological sample. (Rock from underside of waterfall near Mortola Library) [ID: Lib R]
  • Inoculated and grew additional samples of Lib R for antifoulant slide testing
  • Etched and prepared glass slides for inoculation.
  • Synthesized organometallic laced silicon polymers on glass slides using a nucleation-network synthesis workup (Will B.)
  • Identified ideal method of biofilm growth detection. (Crystal Violet Detection of Polysaccharides)

Next Steps:

  • Design scheme for grading/scaling biofilm growth.
  • Inoculate Lib R samples in LB Broth w/ antifoulant slides.
  • Assess the effect of the antifoulant on biofilm growth.

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