Chris Wentworth

Chris Wentworth

BS, MS, PHD
Professor
Department: 
Engineering and Physics
Campus location: 
LI242
Campus Phone: 
402.826.8257

Education:

B.S. in Physics Duke University, 1979
M.S. in Physics Florida State University, 1985
Ph.D. in Physics (Condensed Matter Theory) Florida State University, 1986

Areas of Interest:

    Courses Taught:
Introductory Physics, Modern Physics, Electricity & Magnetism, Heat
& Thermodynamics, Mathematical Methods for Physics, Quantum
Mechanics, Introductory Astronomy, Physical Science (for non-majors), Liberal Arts Seminar
  Research Interests:
I am doing research on biofilm systems, where microorganisms grow attached to a surface.  My students and I are performing experimental studies on (1) the growth kinetics of organisms in these systems using a variety bioreactors, (2) the morphological properties of the films as they develop, and (3) surface properties that inhibit biofilm growth. For the morphological studies, students help develop image analysis software. We are also developing theoretical models of biofilm growth using computer simulations.    

 Computational Physics Web Site

Center for Undergraduate Research on Biofilms

  Student Research Projects: Recent student projects I have assisted with include                                      
  • Measuring growth kinetics parameters of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms grown on a variety of surface materials.
  • Developing image processing algorithms and code for measuring morphological features of biofilm growth from microscopic images and from simulation data.
  • Developing image processing algorithms and code for measuring the velocity field of plant root cells from microscope images
  • Developing computer simulations of biofilm growth for Pseudomonas aeruginosa with glucose substrate
  • Monte Carlo simulation of lattice gas diffusion in a comb structure
  • Monte Carlo simulation of lattice gas diffusion in an energetically layered structure
  • Monte Carlo simulation of lattice gas diffusion in a box fractal
  • Mechanics of track and field events
  • Physics of basketball
  • Acoustical analysis of the Bodhran Drum
  • Sound spectrum analysis of brass and wind instruments

Wentworth Vitae