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Awardee:MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, INC
Doing Business As Name:Montana State University
PD/PI:
  • Isaac Klapper
  • (215) 204-7126
  • isaac.klapper@temple.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Tianyu Zhang
  • Robin Gerlach
  • Alfred B Cunningham
  • Andrew C Mitchell
Award Date:08/18/2009
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 750,002
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 750,002
  • FY 2009=$750,002
Start Date:09/01/2009
End Date:08/31/2015
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.049
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:CMG Research: Impact of Mineral Precipitating Biofilms on the Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Porous Media
Federal Award ID Number:0934696
DUNS ID:625447982
Parent DUNS ID:079602596
Program:OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH CMG
Program Officer:
  • Junping Wang
  • (703) 292-4488
  • jwang@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:309 MONTANA HALL
City:BOZEMAN
State:MT
ZIP:59717-2470
County:Bozeman
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:00

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Montana State University
Street:309 MONTANA HALL
City:BOZEMAN
State:MT
ZIP:59717-2470
County:Bozeman
Country:US
Cong. District:00

Abstract at Time of Award

The proposed work will develop laboratory, modeling and computational tools for the study of the geological impact of mineral precipitating microbial communities, aiming at elucidating fundamentals and providing quantitative descriptions of the hydrobiogeochemical conditions and processes in carbonate mineral precipitating biofilms in porous media. Outcomes will be (1) characterization of the important physical (e.g. advective and diffusive transport), chemical (e.g. pH distribution), and biological (e.g. microbial metabolic activity) phenomena impacting pore systems, and (2) development of measurement techniques for identified relevant parameters with suitable spatial and temporal resolution. To accomplish this, models will be constructed that allow observation and insight into the roles of hydrodynamics, chemistry, electrochemistry, microbiology, and thermodynamics in the detail that are needed for description of interaction of biofilms with porous media. Thermodynamic principles will be used, necessary for improved description of biofilms in their natural geochemical role as thermodynamic machines. The experimental systems to be employed will allow spatially and temporally resolved non-destructive observation of combined biofilm development and mineral precipitation in capillary and porous media flow reactors. They will aid in closing the existing gap of knowledge between non-flowing (batch) systems often used to elucidate biogeochemical processes and the frequently observed influence of hydrodynamics on biogeochemical processes on the meso- and macroscale. The proposed research focuses on microbially-induced calcium carbonate mineralization. Calcium carbonate formation is responsible for the development of features with enormous scales in the shallow and deep ocean (e.g. reefs and alga and diatom exoskeletons) and in the terrestrial environment. Carbonate rocks (such as limestone, marble, and chalk) are probably the single largest reservoir of inorganic carbon on earth containing approximately 65 million gigatons of carbon. Carbonate mineral formation and dissolution are important parts of the global carbon cycle, have the potential to bind or release large amounts of carbon dioxide, and may therefore affect the global climate. Additionally, engineered, microbially mediated carbonate precipitation has been proposed as a strategy to improve geologic carbon sequestration and to facilitate the precipitation of heavy metals and radionuclides from contaminated groundwater. The investigators will develop laboratory and computational tools to better understand the role and utilize the potential in the environment of microbial communities in all of these processes.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Connolly, J.M.; Jackson, B.; Rothman, A.P.; Klapper, I.; Gerlach, R. "Estimation of a biofilm-specific reaction rate: Kinetics of bacterial urea hydrolysis in a biofilm" npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, v.1, 2015, p.Article n.

Lauchnor, E.; Topp, D.; Parker, A.; Gerlach, R. "Whole cell kinetics of ureolysis by Sporosarcina pasteurii" Journal of Applied Microbiology, v.118, 2015, p.1321.

Connolly, J., Kaufman, M., Rothman, A., Gupta, R., Redden, G., Schuster, M., Colwell, F., Gerlach, R., "Construction of two ureolytic model organisms for the study of microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation" Journal of Microbiological Methods, v.94, 2013, p.290.

Zhang T, Pabst B, Klapper I, Stewart PS "General Theory for Integrated Analysis of Growth, Gene, and Protein Expression in Biofilms" PLoS ONE, v.8, 2013, p.e83626.

Zhang, T. "Modeling of Biocide Action against Biofilm" Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, v.74, 2012, p.1427.

Schultz, L., Pitts, B. Mitchell, A.C., Cunningham, A.B., Gerlach, R. "Imaging biologically-induced mineralization in fully hydrated flow systems" Microscopy Today, v., 2011, p..

T. Zhang, I.Klapper "Mathematical Model of Biofilm Induced Calcite Precipitation" Water Science & Technology, v.61, 2010, p.2957.

B. Lindley, Q. Wang and T. Zhang "A Multicomponent Model for Biofilm-Drug Interaction" Discrete and Continuous Dynamical System - B, v., 2011, p..

Ayati. B.P., Klapper, I. "Models of Microbial Dormancy in Biofilms and Planktonic Cultures" Communications in Mathematical Sciences, v.10, 2012, p..

Gerlach, R.; Cunningham, A.B. "Influence of Microbial Biofilms on Reactive Transport in Porous Media." Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Porous Media and its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry., v., 2010, p..

Cunningham, A.B.; Phillips, A.J.; Troyer, E.; Lauchnor, E.; Hiebert, R.; Gerlach, R; Spangler, L. "Wellbore leakage mitigation using engineered biomineralization" Energy Procedia, v.63, 2014, p.4612.

Fridjonsson, E.O.; Seymour, J.D.; Schultz, L.N.; Gerlach, R; Cunningham, A.B.; Codd, S.L. "NMR Measurement of Hydrodynamic Dispersion in Porous Media Subject to Biofilm Mediated Precipitation Reactions" Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, v.120-121, 2010, p.79.

Schultz, L.; Pitts, B.; Mitchell, A.C.; Cunningham, A.B.; Gerlach, R. "Imaging Biologically-Induced Mineralization in Fully Hydrated Flow Systems." Microscopy Today, v.19, 2011, p.12.

T. Zhang and I. Klapper "Critical occlusion via biofilm induced calcite precipitation in porous media" New Journal of Physics, v.16, 2014, p.055009.

T. Zhang and I. Klapper "Critical occlusion via biofilm induced calcite precipitation in porous media" New Journal of Physics, v.16, 2014, p.055009.

I Klapper and B Szomolay "An Exclusion Principle and the Importance of Mobility for a Class of Biofilm Models" Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, v.73, 2011, p.2213.

T Zhang and I Klapper "Mathematical model of the effect of electrodiffusion on biomineralization" International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, v.46, 2011, p..

T Zhang and I Klapper, "Mathematical model of the effect of electrodiffusion on biomineralization" International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, v.46, 2011, p.657.

Mitchell, A.C.; Phillips, A.J.; Schultz, L.N.; Parks, S.L.; Spangler, L.H.; Cunningham, A.B.; Gerlach, R. "Microbial CaCO3 mineral formation and stability in an experimentally simulated high pressure saline aquifer with supercritical CO2" International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v.15, 2013, p.86.

I. Klapper "Productivity and equilibrium in simple biofilm models" Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, v.74, 2012, p.2917.

Lauchnor, E.G.; Schultz, L.; Mitchell, A.C.; Cunningham, A.B.; Gerlach, R. "Bacterially Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitation and Strontium Co-Precipitation under Flow Conditions in a Porous Media System" Environmental Science and Technology, v.47, 2013, p.1557.

Brileya, K., Connolly, J.; Downey, C.; Gerlach, R.; Fields, M.W. "Taxis Toward Hydrogen Gas by Methanococcus maripaludis" Nature Scientific Reports, v.3, 2013, p.Article n.

I Klapper and B Szomolay "An Exclusion Principle and the Importance of Mobility for a Class of Biofilm Models" Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, v.73, 2011, p..

Phillips, A.J.; Eldring, J.; Hiebert, R.; Lauchnor, E.; Mitchell, A.C.; Cunningham, A.B.; Spangler, L.; Gerlach, R. "Design of a meso-scale high pressure vessel for the laboratory examination of biogeochemical subsurface processes" Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, v.126, 2015, p.55.

Zhang T, Pabst B, Klapper I, Stewart PS "General Theory for Integrated Analysis of Growth, Gene, and Protein Expression in Biofilms" PLoS ONE, v.8, 2013, p.e83626.

Connolly, J.; Kaufman, M.; Rothman, A.; Gupta, R.; Redden, G.; Schuster, M.; Colwell, F.; Gerlach, R. "Construction of two ureolytic model organisms for the study of microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation" Journal of Microbiological Methods, v.94, 2013, p.290.

I. Klapper "Productivity and equilibrium in simple biofilm models," Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, v.74, 2012, p.2917-2934.

B. Lindley, Q. Wang and T. Zhang "A Multicomponent Model for Biofilm-Drug Interaction" Discrete and Continuous Dynamical System - B15, v., 2011, p.417.

Brileya, K., Connolly, J.; Downey, C.; Gerlach, R.; Fields, M.W. "Taxis Toward Hydrogen Gas by Methanococcus maripaludis" Nature Scientific Reports, v.3, 2013, p.3140.

Cunningham, A.B., A.J. Phillips, E. Troyer, E. Lauchnor, R. Hiebert, R. Gerlach, L. Spangler "Wellbore leakage mitigation using engineered biomineralization" Energy Procedia, v.63, 2014, p.4612.

Cunningham, A.B.; Lauchnor, E.; Eldring, J. Esposito, R.; Mitchell, A.C.; Gerlach, R.; Connolly, J.; Phillips, A.J.; Ebigbo, A.; Spangler, L.H. "Abandoned Well CO2 Leakage Mitigation Using Biologically Induced Mineralization: Current Progress and Future Directions." Greenhouse Gases Science & Technololgy, v.3, 2013, p.40.

T. Zhang, I.Klapper "Mathematical Model of Biofilm Induced Calcite Precipitation" Water Science & Technology, v.61, 2010, p.2957.

Phillips, A.J.; Gerlach, R.; Lauchnor, E.; Mitchell, A.C.; Cunningham, A.B.; Spangler, L. "Engineered applications of ureolytic biomineralization: a review." Biofouling, v.29, 2013, p.715.

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