We are pleased to announce the winners of the photography competition.
The winner is Wall-e by Baptiste Salley and the runner up is Desiccated bacterial colonies on agar plate by Matt Watson.
The Wall-e image represents a biofilm on a glass slide under water after having been gauged on two points by fluid dynamic gauging. The biofilm has been peeled away from the substrate by the liquid infused. It associates several aspects of the research in the department both in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. The biofilm is formed by Synechoccocus Bacillaris being currently investigated in the Department as an electric supplier. Its growth was sofar monitored by chemical assays. A new fluid dynamic gauging technique was successfully developed during Baptiste Salley's MPhil project to provide previously inaccessible data on its thickness and strength. It has already given some useful information for this type of cyanobacteria on their development on different substrates. Biofilm study through this technique may be applied in food industry where biofouling is a major issue. This innovative approach to the characterization of such layers is therefore of great interest in a vast range of application from energy purposes, as currently researched in the department, to health issues.
The winner of the photography competition will receive a £100 Amazon voucher and the second prize will be a £25 Amazon voucher.
The images will be used on the Department's website and in other publicity material.