Ahmed Houari

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In this study, the mechanical properties of biofilms formed at the surface of nano-filtration (NF) membranes from a drinking water plant were analysed. Confocal laser scanning microscopy observations revealed that the NF biofilms formed a dense and heterogeneous structure at the membrane surface, with a mean thickness of 32.5 +/- 17.7 mum. The biofilms were(More)
The nanofiltration (NF) drinking water production unit of the Mery-sur-Oise plant (Val d'Oise, France) consists of eight identical filtration trains composed of three stages positioned in steps for a production capacity of 140,000 m(3) day(-1). To gain a better understanding of the irreversible fouling of the NF membranes, spiral wound modules in operation(More)
The kinetic formation of biofilms developing on nanofiltration (NF) membranes was studied for 2 years in the water production unit of Méry-sur-Oise, France. New membranes were set up in a pilot train integrated to the plant and autopsied after operation for 7, 80, 475 and 717 days. The biofouling layer was studied by confocal laser scanning microscope after(More)
AIM To study the effect of antiseptics on bacterial biofilm formation. METHODS AND RESULTS Biofilm formation and planktonic growth were tested in microtiter plates in the presence of antiseptics. For Escherichia coli G1473 in the presence of chlorhexidine or benzalkonium chloride, for Klebsiella pneumoniae CF504 in the presence of chlorhexidine and for(More)
During the last few years, it became clear that the characterization of the nature of electron states in disordered systems is one of the fundamental topics in condensed matter physics. Along these lines, our present work consists of the study of the effect of the structural disorder on a wide range of electronic properties (density of electron states,(More)
We numerically investigate the effects of the random static magnetic field on a variety of electronic properties (localization of electron wavefunctions, spectral correlations and electrical conductance) in substitutionally and topologically disordered alloys. For this, we generate two-dimensional substitutionally disordered alloys and simulate(More)
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