Clarkson Research Professor Dana Barry has a new book published by Springer Nature. It introduces bacteria/biofilm and provides valuable, detailed information for the detection, evaluation, and control of bacteria in various environments (such as Northern New York households, soil, air, marine environments, industrial settings, etc.).
Most bacteria are enclosed in a self-produced protective casing called a biofilm. The sticky matter on our teeth is a biofilm. Bacteria are prevalent in Northern New York kitchens and bathrooms. They often exist as Salmonella on cutting boards used for meat and in the meat and vegetable compartments of refrigerators. This type of bacteria causes upset stomachs. As for bathrooms, millions of bacteria are deep inside the toilet bowl. A representative example is E. coli, which causes food poisoning, urinary tract infections, etc. In addition to infections and food poisoning, bacteria cause corrosion, scale buildup in pipes, and more.
Biofilms are detected and evaluated by using biological methods (such as staining, gene analysis, and proteomics) and instrumental analysis (which includes the application of individual microscopes, as well as a combination of various instruments).
Dr. Barry’s new book (Formation and Control of Biofilm in Various Environments) discusses excellent countermeasures for controlling/killing bacteria. A few examples are the use of biocides, special coatings for materials’ surfaces, alternate electromagnetic fields and electrochemical methods.
The new publication also describes the benefits of bacteria. They produce energy through microbial fuel cells, are used in water treatment applications, and assist in the control of oil and plastic pollution, etc. For more on the book, click here: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-981-15-2240-6#authorsandaffiliationsbook
Dr. Barry’s coauthor for this exciting book is Professor Hideyuki Kanematsu. He is from the National Institute of Technology, Suzuka College in Japan. The authors received Outstanding Achievement Awards (from the Materials Research Society of Japan: MRS-J) for their outstanding contributions to contamination control on materials’ surfaces and for their work with biofilms. Also they have published four Springer textbooks in five years.
Dr. Dana Barry is a Research Professor in Clarkson University’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, an Instructional Support Assistant at SUNY Canton, Scientific Board President and Professor for Ansted University, and a Chemistry Ambassador and officer for the American Chemical Society. She has five graduate degrees, numerous honors, and close to 300 professional publications.