Fakultät für Chemie - Biofilm Centre

REGROUND project is featured in media

REGROUND project is featured in different platforms. A documentray film produced by the consortium lead by the members of AG Prof. R. Meckenstock was presented in Campus Essen at 29.01.2019. The film showed how the heavy metals are distributed in the environment, how REGROUND project offers a novel innovation (ColFerroX technology) to immobilize these toxic elements. The team were then interviewed by Deutschlandfunk radio. An article and a podcast can be found via this link.

Biolfim Centre participates in Wissensnacht Ruhr 2018

WissensNachtRuhr” (Science Night Ruhr) is one of the largest Science Festivals in Germany, which takes place every two years. During this evening, scientists from institutions of the Ruhr area offer diverse activities directed to families, students and everybody interested in research and science. This year, “WissesnachtRuhr” took place on the 28th of September and the Aquatic Microbiology department was present. 

Our very own team of science communicators, Ivana Kraiselburd, Meike Arnold, Ianina Kaplieva-Dudeck and Lisa Kroll hosted an interactive stand at “Haus der Technik” in Essen, where visitors were able to extract DNA, observe microorganism under the microscope and discover which microbes are growing in their skin and in every-day objects like phones.


Larissa Schocke gewinnt Posterpreis der ISE

Larissa Schocke hat auf der Extremophiles Conference 2018 in Ischia, Italien, den Posterpreis der International Society for Extremophiles gewonnen. Das Poster trug den Titel "Impact of protein phosphorylation in the thermoacidophilic crenarchaeota Sulfolobus acidocaldarius DSM 639". 

14.08.2018 Two prizes for nanoremediation laboratory

The nanoremediation laboratory of Prof. Dr. R. Meckenstock recently has won two prestigious prizes. On July 13th, at the graduation ceremony of the ninth round of the founding competition of GRIID (GründungsInitiative Innovation Duisburg), Dr. Beate Krok, together with Dr. Sadjad Mohammadian and Prof. Dr. Rainer Meckenstock, won the first prize for the best business plan. The business plan was developed during the Small Businiess Management (SBM) course. 

In addition, REGROUND project has been awarded to attend first phase of the EIT Raw Materials' accelerator program. The team will receive €15K as a funding to cover their costs for participating in this Accelerator Program from September to December 2018.

15.07.2018 New paper on Arsenic removal from Groundwater

In the framework of REGROUND project and in collaboration with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) and Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (FSU-Jena) a new paper is published. The paper present a quantitiave analysis on the effectiveness of Humic-acid coated goethite nanoparticle in removal of Arsenic from contaminated groundwater. The paper can be accessed from this link

02.02.2018 Hundreds of novel organisms from the deep subsurface

Several hundred novel microorganisms were discovered in groundwater fluids sourced from the deep terrestrial subsurface of the Colorado Plateau. Lead by Alexander Probst (now the head of Group of Aquatic Microbial Ecology), scientists of the University of California, Berkeley, collaborated with researchers from the University of Calgary and the Joint Genome Institute to apply microbial source tracking based on hydrogeological measurements. They discovered a stratification of microbial metabolism and diversity throughout the subsurface and postulated a symbiotic interaction between two uncultivated archaea that comprise most of the biomass in this subsurface system.

Read more here.

15.09.2017 Alexander Probst kommt ans Biofilm Centre

Der Biologe Dr. Alexander Probst wechselte von der University of California, Berkely, ans Biofilm Centre, wo er nun die die Professur für „Aquatische Mikrobielle Ökologie“ vertritt. Die Pressestelle der Universität Duisburg-Essen berichtet.

06.04.2017 Philip Weyrauch gewinnt Posterpreis

Philip Weyrauch hat auf der Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2017 in Edinburgh, GB, den Microbiology Posterpreis für das beste wissenschaftliche Poster in der Kategorie "Environmental and Applied Microbiology Forum" gewonnen. Das Poster trug den Titel "Elucidation of a dearomatising reductase reaction involved in anaerobic degradation of naphthalene".

"In the presented work we elucidated the 5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-2-naphthoyl-CoA reductase reaction in cell free extracts of sulphate-reducing naphthalene degraders by testing different electron donors. Our data indicate that the reduced ferredoxins required for this reaction are delivered via a 2-oxoglutarate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase and that the downstream pathway proceeds via β-oxidation-like reactions with water addition to hexahydro-2-naphthoyl-CoA."

23.03.2017 Doktorarbeit erfolgreich verteidigt

Am 23.03.2017 hat Hubert Müller erfolgreich seine Doktorarbeit mit dem Titel "Long-distance electron transfer by cable bacteria in aquifer sediments" verteidigt.

01.12.2016 Doktorarbeit erfolgreich verteidigt

Am 01.12.2016 hat Philip Weyrauch erfolgreich seine Doktorarbeit mit dem Titel "Mikrobieller Abbau von Naphthalin unter anaeroben Bedingungen" verteidigt.