Montana State University

DOE Award for Carbon Mitigation Project - December 2008

DOE EPSCoR awarded an Implementation Grant submitted by Montana State University, The University of Montana (UM), and Montana Tech of the University of Montana (MTech). The award is for $1,440,000 for three years, beginning September 1, 2008 and ending August 31, 2011. Congratulations to Al Cunningham (PI) and his team!

Carbon sequestration research

Researchers at Montana State University, Montana Tech and the University of Montana have been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Department of Energy to study the effects carbon sequestration sites may have on the surrounding environment. Al Cunningham is the grant's principal investigator and a professor at MSU's Center for Biofilm Engineering.

Thesis Alert: July 2010

"Microbial conversion of biodiesel by-products to biofuel," Thesis Defense by Kelly O’Shea, MS Candidate in Microbiology, Montana State University, July 2010
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NSF Award

Drs. Otto Stein, Anne Camper and Mark Burr were recently awarded a new three-year,  $303K grant from NSF entitled "Plant, season, and microbial controls on complete denitrification in treatment wetlands."  The research will continue their exploration of the underlying microbial processes affecting performance of these versatile water treatment units.

Thesis Alert: October 2010

“UO2 reoxidation in the presence of chelators and Fe(III) (hydr)oxides,” Thesis defense by Crystal Girardot, MS Candidate in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University, September 2010.
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Million dollar confocal microscope equipment

Phil Stewart, Principal Investigator and CBE Director, received funding from the NSF-MRI Program and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for the purchase of new confocal microscope equipment in the fall of 2010. The National Science Foundation awarded $498,433 for the project: "MRI: Acquisition of a State of the Art Confocal Microscope at the Center for Biofilm Engineering." The NSF grant was awarded in conjunction with a complementary cost-sharing grant of $406,500 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

CBE makes the cover of "Microscopy Today"

September 2, 2011
The CBE garnered the cover image and feature article in the September 2011 issue of Microscopy Today. The cover image, obtained with a confocal scanning laser microscope (CSLM) by Logan Schultz and Betsey Pitts of the CBE, shows four reconstructed digital image slices through clusters of Sporosarcina pasteurii bacteria growing around calcium carbonate precipitates inside a glass capillary.

CBE's new microscopes offer MSU researchers expanded imaging capabilities

November 8, 2011
Two Leica confocal microscope systems recently installed at the Center for Biofilm Engineering provide a vastly upgraded Research Core Facility available to the Montana State University (MSU) research community.

CBE PhD student studies coal bed methane production to help hometown economy

MSU News Web Feature, November 1, 2011

Elliott Barnhart
, CBE PhD student, microbiology, was recently featured by Montana State University for his ability to balance the roles of award-winning collegiate athlete, student, and civic-minded researcher.

Free webinar on biofilm control in industrial settings

January 20, 2012
Phil Stewart, CBE director, presented a free webinar, “Biofilm control in industrial settings,” on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 1:00pm–2:30pm EST.

CBE's new microscopes advance understanding of microbes

MSU News Web Feature, January 13, 2012

One of the nation's most advanced confocal scanning laser microscope arrays has finished its first semester of work at Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering and exceeded researchers' expectations in advancing our understanding of the role of bacteria in everything from infection to industrial corrosion to basic science.

CBE faculty receive DOE funding to develop carbon capture and sequestration technologies for biofuel advancement

March 9, 2012
CBE faculty Rich Macur, research assistant professor, chemical and biological engineering, and Brent Peyton, department head, chemical and biological engineering, along with Little Big Horn College’s Jonah Morsette, science instructor, will receive $210,000 over three years to develop fast growing strains of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria to help advance carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies.

CBE undergrads develop alternate method to reduce costly waste stream

March 14, 2012
Dayla Morris and Neerja Zambare, CBE undergraduate students in chemical and biological engineering, recently developed an alternate method to the Nessler assay, which is used to measure ammonium concentration in solutions.

CBE partners with Teck Coal on watershed research and development program

September 26, 2012

In July 2012, the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) stepped up their research into the biogeochemistry of selenium (Se) in coal mine waste rock with the start of drilling at Teck Coal’s Line Creek Operations near Sparwood, British Columbia.

CSLM spotlight: Sporosarcina pasteurii facilitates calcium carbonate precipitation

October 1, 2012

This is an image of a sand grain taken from a reactor operated by Josh Stringam, a CBE undergraduate student.

MSU algal biofuel research contributes to larger federal study

January 3, 2014

CBE faculty members were recently featured by MSU News for their research into the production of oil-producing algae, as well the feasibility of commercial-scale biofuel production based on microbes discovered in Yellowstone National Park.

MSU-CBE grad, first author earns feature article in "Nature Publication Journals Biofilms and Microbiomes"

September 21, 2015

Congratulations to MSU-CBE graduate and first author James Connolly, students, and faculty on their feature article “Estimation of a biofilm-specific reaction rate: Kinetics of bacterial urea hydrolysis in a biofilm,” in Nature Publication Journals Biofilms and Microbiomes.

MSU team recognized for technology that seals oil and gas leaks

August 22, 2016

CBE affiliated faculty Adrienne Phillips, Robin Gerlach, and Al Cunningham were recently featured by MSU News for their research that has demonstrated the potential for biofilm and mineral-producing bacteria to stop tiny, hard-to-reach leaks in underground oil and gas wells.