Bacteria repelling on highly-ordered alumina-nanopore structures. Academic Article uri icon


  • Bacteria introduce diseases and infections to humans by their adherence to biomaterials, such as implants and surgical tools. Cell desorption is an effective step to reduce such damage. Here, we report mechanisms of bacteria desorption. An alumina nanopore structure (ANS) with pore size of 35nm, 55nm, 70nm, and 80nm was used as substrate to grow Escherichia coli (E. coli) cells. A bacteria repelling experimental method was developed to quantitatively evaluate the area percentage of adherent bacterial cells that represent the nature of cell adhesion as well as desorption. Results showed that there were two crucial parameters: contact angle and contact area that affect the adhesion/desorption. The cells were found to be more easily repelled when the contact angle increased. The area percentage of adherent bacterial cells decreased with the decrease in the contact area of a cell on ANS. This means that cell accessibility on ANS depends on the contact area. This research reveals the effectiveness of the nanopored structures in repelling cells.

published proceedings

  • J Appl Phys

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, S., Zhou, Y., Cirillo, J. D., Polycarpou, A. A., & Liang, H.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Sunghan||Zhou, Yan||Cirillo, Jeffrey D||Polycarpou, Andreas A||Liang, Hong

publication date

  • April 2015