Teacher: Ioanna Vasiliadou, University Carlos III Madrid
### Abstract
Biofilms consisted of bacterial populations or other microorganisms can be used in many different industrial applications. For instance, bacterial biofilms can be successfully applied to industrial wastewater biological treatment. The oil/biodiesel production, using oleaginous fungal biofilms represents another industrial application. Thus, the development of mathematical models capable of describing the processes considered in mixed-culture biofilms is of great importance. The mathematical models may be used as a guide in designing and assessing the conditions under which biofilm industrial applications can be optimized. In this project the mathematical modelling of biofilms’ behavior, considering processes such as biofilm growth, biomass detachment, and nutrient diffusion in the biofilm, will be discussed. The numerical solution of the models’ equations and the comparison of theoretical predictions with real experimental data will be conducted with a commercial numerical code, a computer program for the identification and simulation of aquatic systems. |