Graduation project: model for predicting the speed of MIC formation

Joey Roelofsen

Hello, my name is Joey Roelofsen (23) and I am in my final year of the Master Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Groningen. For the final phase of my Master I am currently doing an internship at Microbial Analysis. During this internship I focus on Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC). This corrosion formation is caused by microorganisms and has the potential to cause damage at a much faster rate than abiotic corrosion formation. MIC is primarily a problem under oxygen-free conditions such as deep water or underground. MIC prevention is therefore particularly important for metal structures that exist under these conditions, such as pipes, wells and underwater foundations.

As part of a larger plan, and in addition to the current Microbial Analysis products to predict MIC, I am working on a model that can make statements about the speed of MIC formation and I verify this model in the laboratory. The ultimate goal is to be able to make substantiated statements about the speed with which MIC-related problems could arise. Based on these predictions, our company can better advise a customer when MIC is expected to be a potential hazard.

What I like about my project at Microbial Analysis is primarily the freedom I get and the responsibility that I am given. If you prepare a well-substantiated research plan, there is ample opportunity within the company to execute this in the best possible way. In addition, I really appreciate that, unlike internships at the university, I am really working on a commercial product. This emphasizes the importance of your work every day. Therefore I am very happy to be here and I’m looking forward to the coming months.

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