Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 10/18/2016
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)
Professor Albert Libchaber
The Rockefeller University
"Sulfur-Oxidizing Bacteria: Dynamics in Natural Sediment, Crystalline Organization in Simple Geometry"
The dynamics of complex microbial communities are observed in a 2D ecosystem composed of natural sediment, collected from a salt marsh. Sulfur-oxidizing microbes organized into an extremely thin front of cells that propagates towards the surface at a constant velocity. The consumption of oxygen forces dissimilar microbes together into a moving front stabilized by competing gradients of sulfur and oxygen. In a simpler geometry we study the crystallization of Thiovulum Majus one of the sulfur-oxidizing bacterium.
BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
University of Chicago, Professor 1983–1991
Princeton University, Professor 1991–1994
The Rockefeller University, Professor 1994–
RECENT RESEARCH INTERESTS