Innovative
Analysis and Design
Rules for Next Generation
Antifouling Interfaces

Biofilms

Biofilms, communities of microorganisms that attach and grow on a solid surface, cause about 80% of infections in humans, and disinfectants rarely succeed in destroying them. They cost European economy billions of euros annually. The BREAK BIOFILMS Training Network aims to solve this issue by training the next generation leaders. They will understand the (bio)physicochemical mechanisms of biofilm formation, be able to produce technology for detecting and identifying biofilm formation with extreme sensitivity, and develop next generation biocides for preventing and destroying biofilms in industrial and biomedical areas.

This integrated strategy from biofilm detection to destruction that builds on key innovations from the partner labs, is globally distinctive and promises significant progress. The graduates will be ideally placed to enter and support existing European industry across a number of different sectors (biomedical, food, antimicrobials). Additionally, they will also be capable of creating new businesses thanks to a combination of in depth training in entrepreneurship and direct experience of establishing and running a virtual company as part of the training network. Beyond the trained researchers, this project will produce technologies that will enhance the productivity of European industries, create intellectual property with a strong probability of commercialization and improve the health and well-being of European citizens by minimizing infection rates and the inappropriate use of ineffective biocides that is leading to resistance.

Who are we?

THE BREAKERS

BREAK BIOFILMS is a consortium of world leaders in sensing, cell imaging, interfacial engineering, microbiology and nanoformulation from 6 universities, 8 companies, a consortium of food industries, a research centre, and a business and innovation centre.

  • Wastewater treatment 

  • Bioremediation

  • Microbial leaching

  • Dental plaque

  • About 80% infections on humans

  • Industrial and biomedical problems

BIOFILMS

FRIENDS AND FOES
in our daily lives

Biofilms are communities of microorganisms which can be formed in all kinds of surfaces: plastic, metals, natural materials… Biofilms are all around us!

HOW DO WE…

BREAK BIOFILMS?

The BREAK BIOFILMS network aims to deal with the harmful impacts they have on our daily lives, by training the next generation researchers in a multidisciplinary environment.

From detection to destruction: 

  • Understanding (bio)physicochemical mechanisms of biofilm formation
  • Technology to detect and identify biofilm formation
  • Develop of next generation biocides

BREAK BIOFILMS
AT A GLANCE

An overall idea of the project

ELLUCIDATING ADHESION MECHANISMS

Scanning Eletrochemical. Confocal. Raman. IR. AFM. Fluorescence. Microscopy.


BIOFILM DETECTION

Microfluidic DNA array platform, paper devices and diamond electrodes, novel mediators.


BIOFILM DESTRUCTION

Encapsulated antibiotics and enzymes. Bacteriophages. Dendrons.


BIOFILM INHIBITION

Development of novel and effective nanoantimicrobials, surface analysis.


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The target of the #MSCA BactiVax project is Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium with a large genome especially skilled at developing resistance to antibiotics.

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One year research assistant opp to work with us on the development of electrochemical sensors. Would suit graduated Masters / BSc students (or related) with an interest in analytical science / electrochemistry / sensors. Please RT🙏
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Project details:

BREAKING BAD BIOFILMS.

INNOVATIVE ANALYSIS AND DESIGN RULES FOR
NEXT-GENERATION ANTIFOULING INTERFACES

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 813439.

  • Call identifier:

    H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018

  • Grant Agreement number:

    813439

  • Acronym:

    BREAK BIOFILMS

  • Duration:

    48 months

  • Contact:

    Project Coordinator: Carmen Blanco, Ass. Prof.
    cblanco@uniovi.es

    Project Manager: Esther Serrano, PhD.
    breakbiofilms@uniovi.es


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