Several SCEB members have published a paper "Managing the interactions between sulfate- and perchlorate-reducing bacteria when using hydrogen-fed biofilms to treat a groundwater with a high perchlorate concentration" in Water Research. The manuscript focuses on the interactions between perchlorate- and sulfate-reducing bacteria in H2-fed membrane biofilm reactors (MBfRs) for groundwater remediation. The authors are Aura Ontiveros-Valencia, Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Dr. Bruce Rittmann and center alumni Dr. Youneng Tang. For more information, click here.
The Rittmann Lab is excited to be participating in the Science Unlocked: Night of the Open Door at the Biodesign Institute tomorrow night (Saturday, March 1, 2014) from 4 to 9pm. Join the Rittmann lab as we share a variety of hands on science demonstrations that introduce the public to our research, including bioremediation, sulfur reduction, microbial fuel cells, human gut microbiota and health, photobioenergy, and mathematical modeling.
The Rittmann Lab and Biodesign activities are just of few of several Night of the Open Door events at ASU's Tempe Campus on March 1. To see a full list of activities, click here.
Brendan Cahill, an undergraduate research in SCEB, has been awarded the Grand Challenge Scholars Research Stipend from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering for spring 2014. The stipend will help fund Brendan's research on photobioreactor microbial ecology. Congratulations Brendan!
Bradley Lusk, a Ph.D. student in the Biological Design program, has an abstract accepted for poster presentation at the American Society of Microbiology's (ASM) General Meeting 2014. Brad's poster is titled "Proton Diffusion Limitations in Biofilms of the Thermophilic Anode-Respiring Bacterium, Thermincola ferriacetica." Congratulations Brad!
SCEB was happy to host Dr. Jeanne VanBriesen, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, during her visit to ASU. Dr. VanBriesen is a leading researcher in biodegration of chelates and PCBs (particularly in the hydrofracking arena) and modeling thermodynamics of bacterial growth systems. Dr. VanBriesen received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Rittmann.
The article "Material Modeling Of Biofilm Mechanical Properties," coauthored by Dr. Bruce Rittmann, was recently accepted by Mathematical Biosciences. The manuscript develops and implements a biofilm model that predicts Young's modulus as it varies throughout the biofilm and undergoes deformation.
Dr. Rittmann's interview on the topic of sustainability and phosphorus recovery is now available at Arizona Horizon's website: http://www.azpbs.org/arizonahorizon/play.php?vidId=6564.
An interview with Dr. Bruce Rittmann will be airing tonight on Arizona Horizon at 7PM on KAET Channel 8. Dr. Rittmann will be interviewed along with Jim Elser to discuss phosphorus and phosphorus recovery. Locally produced, Arizona Horizon focuses on local news issues.
The Swette Center is happy to host distinguished alumni Dr. Wookeun Bae for a visit this Friday, February 14. Dr. Bae is a professor of Civil/Environmental Engineering and director of coWEB (Center for Organic Wastes to Energy Business) at Hanyang University (South Korea). Dr. Bae is also a former visiting scholar to SCEB. We hope this visit will lead to future collaborations between coWEB and SCEB.
The Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology was featured in the latest issue of the magazine International Innovation, on the thematic area of Environment. The feature is based on an interview conducted with Center Director, Dr. Bruce Rittmann, during the 2013 Pujiang Innovaiton Forum, where he talks about environmental biotechnology, the center's strong focus on collaborative and interdisciplinary research as well as involvement with various companies, and some of the most important advances made by the center in the last few years. International Innovation is published by Research Media Ltd. which is Europe's leading portal for scientific dissemination.
Click here to read the entire issue, or click below for a PDF of the feature on the Swette Center.