Kenneth Schneider

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Bacterial adhesion mechanisms

The lack of knowledge about bacterial adhesion mechanisms hinders the development of novel antibacterial surfaces. Consequences are failing implants, inefficient electrodes, and biofouling of off-shore materials. The current, slow approach to this problem is trial-and-error testing of potentially beneficial surface modifications. We are pursuing a bottom-up approach, starting with molecular biology studies of bacterial adhesion factors, and of their interaction with surfaces.

My project involves the development of bacteria-surface adhesion assays, to obtain new knowledge on adhesin function. Secondly, I will translate the results into novel surface modifications to test the theories, leading to more effective antibacterial surfaces, and the improvement of the adhesion assays. These aims will be achieved in close collaboration with the Department of Biomaterials (BIOMAT) at the University of Oslo Institute for Clinical Dentistry.



PhD in Chemistry at the University of Bath

Purpose: Development of electrode materials for photo-microbial fuel cells.

Essential discovery: Inherently conductive Ti2AlC ceramic enabled the fabrication of reticulated electrode shapes with defined porosity and good surface roughness for improved cell adhesion, thereby maximising the area for electricity generating cells.


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Office telephone: +47 228 54793

Office at IBV in room: 3523

Laboratory at IBV in room: 3522


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Tags: Materials science, Surface chemistry, adhesion
Published Nov. 5, 2015 9:11 PM - Last modified Apr. 4, 2019 10:10 PM