the 30 TH of June, PARC of SCIENCE AMSTERDAM

 

The present project addresses to study the microbial influenced corrosion (MIC), also known as microbial induced corrosion. MIC refers to the influence of microorganisms on the kinetics of corrosion processes of metals caused by their adhesion to the interfaces of the metal (usually called biofilms).These biofilms are the first stage of the biofouling generation which refers to the accumulation of unwanted material on solid surfaces, most often in an aquatic environment but also in terrestrial environment with high rates of moisture. MIC is caused by bacterial microorganisms in combination with four other environmental conditions: metals (host location), nutrients, water, and oxygen (although some types of bacteria need only very small amounts of oxygen).Some of these microorganisms are capable of producing metal dissolving metabolic by-products such as sulfuric acid,and are often identified within a classification termed sulphur reduced bacteria, or SRB.

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