Prof. Picioreanu's research focuses on the mathematical modeling of complex interactions between physical, chemical, and biological processes, with applications in environmental science and technology. Based on his chemical engineering background, he combines numerical simulations with observations, leading both to insights into fundamental processes and to improved design of environmental and biotechnological engineering applications. Water production and reuse have been the central research topic. Main interests are processes involving biofilms, both desired (granular sludge, membrane biofilm reactors, microbial fuel cells, phototrophic processes) or as a nuisance (biofouling in membrane processes, bioclogging in porous media, medical applications, biocorrosion). Individual-based modeling and pattern formation in microbiological systems, modeling interactions in coral reefs, and simulations of biomedical processes are also within his research scope.
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