Graduation project: Understanding the corrosion of aluminium by fungi and sulphate reducing bacteria

Ricardo Krabbenborg

Hello, I am Ricardo Krabbenborg. I am currently doing my bachelor research internship at Microbial Analysis B.V. This is the final part of my study biomedical laboratory research at Saxion Enschede. I came in contact with Microbial Analysis during my internship at the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre, where I was conducting research on the same topic: microbial induced corrosion (MIC). This problem has really intrigued me, because it combines my interest for technology and microbiology. I find it fascinating that such small organisms are responsible for the deterioration of what used to be impressive structures. MIC is becoming an increasingly more relevant problem and more and more harmful biocides are used to counteract it. Therefore, I want to contribute to the knowledge of MIC at Microbial Analysis. Hopefully this knowledge can be used to model and predict the problem, so proper and environmentally friendly countermeasures can be taken. 

My internship will focus on the corrosion of aluminium by fungi and sulphate reducing bacteria (SRB). The SRB part is a continuation of the work done by a previous intern, but I will be adding my own take on the subject. The end goal is to determine and model the corrosion rate of aluminium by microbes and testing the effectiveness of biofriendly coatings to stop the corrosion.

What I like about microbial analysis is the freedom I am given. This freedom comes with great responsibility, but I am all up for the task. A well thought out research plan will give me a range of opportunities within Microbial Analysis to accomplish the best possible results for my graduation report. I am very happy that I have been given this opportunity and I am looking forward to the next few months.