Materials and surface engineering to control bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation: A review of recent advances

Huan Gu, Dacheng Ren

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Abstract

Bacterial adhesion to surfaces and subsequent biofilm formation are a leading cause of chronic infections and biofouling. These processes are highly sensitive to environmental factors and present a challenge to research using traditional approaches with uncontrolled surfaces. Recent advances in materials research and surface engineering have brought exciting opportunities to pattern bacterial cell clusters and to obtain synthetic biofilms with well-controlled cell density and morphology of cell clusters. In this article, we will review the recent achievements in this field and comment on the future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-33
Number of pages14
JournalFrontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

Keywords

  • bacterial adhesion
  • biofilm
  • control
  • materials
  • review
  • surface engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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