Hermann Eberl

Professor College of Physical & Engineering Science Department of Mathematics & Statistics Guelph, Ontario heberl@uoguelph.ca

Bio/Research

Most of my current research stems from mathematical modeling and computer simulation of biofilm processes. These are communities of micro-organisms living in a slime layer on surfaces in aquatic systems. I am looking into spatio-temporal biofilm development. This involves three-dimensional, nonli...

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Bio/Research

Most of my current research stems from mathematical modeling and computer simulation of biofilm processes. These are communities of micro-organisms living in a slime layer on surfaces in aquatic systems. I am looking into spatio-temporal biofilm development. This involves three-dimensional, nonlinear diffusion-reaction equations and/or discrete local rule based models. Both approaches are coupled with the governing equations of Fluid Dynamics. They result in a weird system of partial differential equations. Those are mathematically far too complicated to be treated analytically (at least for me), so I try to handle them numerically. Whenever I find time I try to look into other mathematical problems in biology and biotechnology as well. Current areas in which my students and I are working include predictive food microbiology as well as waste and wastewater treatment (Oh, yes! I am a wastewater man!), apiculture (honey bees, that is) and other environmental engineering aspects.

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