Monitoring the motion of bacteria and cells under still and flow conditions
To minimize biofouling, understanding of the adhesion of proteins, bacteria and cells on lubricating surfaces is essential. Within the here announced PhD thesis, the motion of bacteria and cells will be monitored by laser scanning confocal microscopy in 3-dimensions. This information will be complemented by XPS, SEM and further surface sensitive techniques. In particular we aim to understand how adhesion depends on the type of lubricant and flow velocity. In close cooperation with chemists and material scientists, the candidate will design surfaces with different chemical affinity of the lubricant to the surface.