Zeta potential of selected bacteria in drinking water when dead, starved, or exposed to minimal and rich culture media. Academic Article uri icon


  • The zeta potentials of E. coli, GFP (green fluorescence protein)-labeled E. coli, Salmonella Newport, and Pseudomonas sp. in different states (nutrient-starved and dead) and grown in rich and minimal media were measured. Capillary electrophoresis experiments were conducted to measure the zeta potential of the different cells suspended in a drinking water sample. Salmonella Newport strain showed a lower zeta potential compared to E. coli, GFP-labeled E. coli, and Pseudomonas sp. Starved E. coli cells had a lower zeta potential compared to E. coli cells grown under rich media conditions. Salmonella Newport cells grown in minimal media also had a lower zeta potential compared to rich, starved, and dead cells. The different bacterial cell types exhibited differences in size as well. These results suggest that when bacterial cells are present in drinking water they can exhibit significant heterogeneity in the size and zeta potential, depending on their physiological state.

published proceedings

  • Curr Microbiol

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Soni, K. A., Balasubramanian, A. K., Beskok, A., & Pillai, S. D.

citation count

  • 110

complete list of authors

  • Soni, Kamlesh A||Balasubramanian, Ashwin K||Beskok, Ali||Pillai, Suresh D

publication date

  • January 2008