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Multiscale Assessment of Microbial Interaction with Rocks

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Multiscale Assessment of Microbial Interaction with Rocks

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This interdisciplinary project will incorporate the disciplines of Engineering and Geology . However the project is specifically housed within the Hope College Department of Engineering. Biogeomechanics is a novel and a resourceful approach in assessing the impact of biological processes on the mechanical properties and behavior of geomaterials. However, there is still lack of knowledge on how far an in-situ bacterial growth can invade a reservoir rock with respect to time. For this project, we will be conducting a time-dependent multiscale assessment of biogeomechanics in carbonate rocks due to microbial invasion. We will conduct microbial treatment of rock samples, and subsequently conduct X-ray diffraction (XRD) tests, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM).

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