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Glenbard South High School ESRP 2018

X-Ray Study of the Elemental Compositions of the Digestive Tracts of Wastewater Microbes


  • Students:
    • Alexander Bergendorf
    • Molly Friedman
    • Mary Kate Cooke
    • Lillian Felsenthal
    • Katie O’Keefe
    • Alyssa Paul
    • Alexandra Pietrasanta
    • Ian Rose
    • Ali Siddiqi
    • Sohini Surapaneni
  • Teachers:
    • Amanda Raymond
  • Mentors:
    • Olga Antipova (Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Photon Source, XSD-MIC)

Advanced Photon Source Sector 2: Microscopy

Wastewater treatment is designed to allow the process of breaking down pollutants to occur naturally in a controlled environment. The microbes studied are Blepharisma (Protozoan), Vorticella, Euplotes (Protozoan), Paramecium Aurelia (Protozoan), Paramecium Multi. (Protozoan), Spirostomum (Protozoan), Stentor (Protozoan), and Rotifers. Studying each microbe and its structure will help us better understand the biological processes that occur when wastewater is treated. The elements in the structures of each microbe will provide an insight into the common and vital compositional elements in wastewater treatments. Research will be conducted at sector 2-ID-E using ptychography and X-ray fluorescence microscopy.

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