Research | Queen’s University Canada

Love to Eat Oil

Oil spills are a significant threat to marine wildlife and human health. Nature has evolved an effective way to rectify this problem using indigenous bacteria to clean up the oil contaminants. My research focuses on studying the microscale interaction of bacteria with oil droplets to better understand the mechanisms of oil degradation by the bacteria. The picture shows oil-degrading bacteria (gray) finding an oil droplet (orange), forming biofilms around it (green), and eventually breaking it down into harmless compounds.
Submission Year: 
2017-18
Photographer's affiliation: 
Graduate student
Academic areas: 
Engineering and Applied Science
Graduate Studies
Art of Research categories: 
Invisible discoveries
Photo: 
Oil-degrading bacteria (gray) finding an oil droplet (orange), forming biofilms around it (green), and eventually breaking it down into harmless compounds
Categories: 
PhD student/candidate
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Chemical Engineering
School of Graduate Studies
Ecology, Biodiversity and the Natural Environment
Sustainability, Environment and Resources
Cleantech
Protecting the Natural Environment
Location of photograph: 
Queen's University
Photographer's name: 
Saeed Rismani Yazdi
Display Photographers Affiltion + Faculty or Department: 
PhD Student, Chemical Engineering