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October PhD Defense for Ru Jia

Ru Jia has successfully defended his dissertation on October 12th 2018. Jia's dissertation topic was Mechanisms of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion Caused by Corrosive Biofilms and its Mitigation Using Enhanced Biocide Treatment. His advisor was Professor Tingyue Gu. Jia's research was focused on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) mechanisms and mitigation at the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, Ohio University. He proved that H2S is not the primary contributing factor in carbon steel MIC by sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB). Sulfate reducing archaeon (SRA) was confirmed to be corrosive against C1018 carbon steel at 80oC because SRA can utilize extracellular electrons for sulfate respiration just like SRB. He also showed that a nature-inspired anti-biofilm peptide at ppb (w/w) levels are found in lab tests to enhance a popular commercial biocide in treating a corrosive oilfield biofilm consortium on C1018 carbon steel. During his doctoral study, he has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal papers with 14 of them first-authored. Ru is currently working as a postdoctoral research scientist at Texas A&M University.
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