Prof. Aloke Kumar's Lab

May 2013: Dr. Kumar gives an invited talk at BSEC 2013 conference at ORNL
April 2013: Dr. Kumar receives the NSERC Discovery Award for studying biofilms and developing anti-fouling surfaces.
Electrokinetics & biofilms: External electric fields can delay biofilm formation on certain substrates. The image shows the flocculation of enteroaggregative E. Coli. in response to the  presence of an external electric field. This is an important discovery …
Biofilms as soft matter: On moist surfaces, several bacterial species can form biofilms. These biofilms are colonies of bacteria that are encased in extra-cellular polymeric substances (EPS). These biofilms are excellent examples of natural soft matter. They possess …
Hydrodynamics & biofilms: We are studying biofilm formation inside porous microfluidic mimic devices. Under certain hydrodynamic conditions, fluid shear can cause the appearance of filamentous biofilms, called streamers. Streamers are act as precursors …
February 2013: Pankaj Sahu joins the team (co-advised with Dr. Sushanta Mitra).
February 2013: Mahtab Hassanpourfard joins the team (co-advised with Dr. Thomas Thundat)