Bacterial Chemotaxis

The scope of this project is to investigate the significance of bacterial chemotaxis in the subsurface. We develop numerical methods for simulating chemotaxis at the pore and macroscale. We also derive analytical solutions for chemotaxis.


Zhifeng Yan, Long Wei, Ed Bouwer, Markus Hilpert


  1. Yan, Z., X. Yang, S. Li., and M. Hilpert (2017). Two-relaxation-time lattice Boltzmann method and its application to advective-diffusive-reactive transport. Advances in Water Resources. Accepted.

  2. Yan, Z., and M. Hilpert (2014). A multiple-relaxation-time lattice-Boltzmann model for bacterial chemotaxis: Effects of initial concentration, diffusion, and hydrodynamic dispersion on traveling bacterial bands. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. DOI 10.1007/s11538-014-0020-1

  3. Yan, Z., E.J. Bouwer, and M. Hilpert (2014). Coupled effects of chemotaxis and growth on traveling bacterial waves. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 164: 138--152.

  4. Long, W. and M. Hilpert (2008). Lattice-Boltzmann modeling of contaminant degradation by chemotactic bacteria: exploring the formation and movement of bacterial bands. Water Resources Research 44: W09415.

  5. Long, W. and M. Hilpert (2007). Analytical solutions for bacterial energytaxis: traveling bacterial bands. Advances in Water Resources 30: 2262-2270.

  6. Hilpert, M. (2005). Lattice-Boltzmann model for bacterial chemotaxis. Journal of Mathematical Biology 51: 302-332.