Team develops 3D printing technique to manufacture biofilmsMarie Donlon | November 11, 2021
Researchers from the University of Rochester in New York and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have devised a 3D-printing method to manufacture and study biofilms — one or more types of microorganisms that grow on and cling to surfaces.
The method, according to the researchers, will reportedly be used to create synthetic materials that mimic the beneficial characteristics of biofilms — capable of degrading toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants for instance — and that thwart those biofilm characteristics that are harmful, such as forming drug-resistant barriers on medical devices and other surfaces.
In the lab, researchers created biofilms of E. coli bacteria to study and determine how to replicate those beneficial qualities of biofilm, while avoiding the negative.
The team envisions that the biofilms could potentially be used in applications such as energy, medical, technology and even fashion use cases.