Investigating vadose zone processes

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In our laboratory we study the coupling between basic microscopic mechanisms whose overall action controls the larger scale dynamics. We pay particular attention to the coupling between microbial life and the fluids motion and mixing dynamics.

We develop microfluidics devices to reproduce and observe a confined microbe’s environment (such as soil): time-lapse video microscopy and image analysis are, then, used to quantify the microbial system behavior. We also apply computational and theoretical approaches to understand and upscale the variety of flow and mixing driven scenarios that we investigate, as models for larger scale applications such as bioremediation, filtration systems or antimicrobial resistance in soil.

If you are interested in working with us or have any questions, please write us at pietro.deanna@unil.ch

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