Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2009.03.037
Title: AFM study of microbial colonization and its deleterious effect on 304 stainless steel by Pseudomonas NCIMB 2021 and Desulfovibrio desulfuricans in simulated seawater
Authors: Yuan, S.J. 
Pehkonen, S.O.
Keywords: A. Stainless steel
B. AFM
B. Polarization
B. SEM
C. Microbiological corrosion
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Source: Yuan, S.J., Pehkonen, S.O. (2009-06). AFM study of microbial colonization and its deleterious effect on 304 stainless steel by Pseudomonas NCIMB 2021 and Desulfovibrio desulfuricans in simulated seawater. Corrosion Science 51 (6) : 1372-1385. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2009.03.037
Abstract: The biofilm colonization dynamics of Pseudomonas NCIMB 2021 and Desulfovibrio desulfuricans (ATCC 27774) on 304 stainless steels (304 SS) was evaluated using atomic force microscopy (AFM) in simulated seawater-based media under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Results showed that the biofilm formed on the coupon surface by the two strains of bacteria increased in the coverage, heterogeneity and thickness with exposure time, thus resulting in the deterioration of the steel substratum underneath the biofilm in the form of pitting corrosion. The depth of pits induced by D. desulfuricans was larger than that by Pseudomonas NCIMB 2021, which was mainly attributed to the enhanced corrosion of 304 SS coupons by the biogenic sulfide ions, as revealed by the results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Tafel polarization curves. AFM was also used to determine cell attachment/detachment processes of the Pseudomonas and D. desulfuricans bacteria on the coupon surface by quantifying the tip-cell interaction forces. The interactive forces between the tip and the bacterial cell surface were considerably smaller than those between the tip and the cell-cell interface due to the accumulation of extra-cellular polymeric substances (EPS) for both strains. Furthermore, the adhesion forces over the Pseudomonas cells were verified to be more attractive than those of D. desulfuricans due to the former being a slime-producer. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Corrosion Science
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/63448
ISSN: 0010938X
DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2009.03.037
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