Dr. Thomas R. Neu
CV / Scientific Career
My research is focused on the microbial ecology of interfaces. Microbial communities associated with interfaces, so-called biofilm systems, have a key function in the cycling of organic and inorganic, natural and man-made compounds. Biofilm systems are composed of cellular and polymeric constituents and maybe either stationary (bio-films) or mobile (bio-aggregates). In such systems, archae, bacteria and eucaryotic microorganisms represent a specific physiological potential, whereas the extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) act as multifunctional elements. Biofilms are of significance in environmental, technical and medical systems. Within the current research projects the structure and function of biofilms and biofilm processes at a variety of interfaces is investigated. Furthermore, biofilms are studied in order to take advantage of this natural microbiological principle for applied biofilm technologies.