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Help solve the multi-industry, multi-billion dollar biofilm challenge with your novel methods for biofilm disruption and removal

BY VIC KEASLER,
SENIOR RD&E GROUP LEADER MICROBIOLOGY AND GLOBAL BIOTECHNOLOGY ANCHOR

SITUATION

Medical infections, equipment damage, energy loss and product contamination — biofilms cause challenges in nearly every industry. The petroleum industry is no different, with biofilms potentially leading to microbially influenced corrosion (MIC), biotic H2S generation and significant biofouling. Penetration of a biofilm and removal of it from a surface is incredibly difficult as the organisms that make up a biofilm can be more than 1,000 times less susceptible to an antimicrobial treatment than the same organisms that are free floating in planktonic form.

CHALLENGE

The goal of this challenge is to identify novel methods for biofilm disruption and removal. The solution could be chemical, biological or mechanical, among others, and would result in penetration, kill and removal of biofilms that are commonly found in the petroleum industry.

CALL FOR INSIGHTS

Share this challenge with your friends and colleagues across industries and geographies. If you have a potential solution that could warrant further investigation, please submit to MicrobialSolutions@ecolab.com. A representative from Nalco Champion will get back to you to explore further.

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