Polymers and Microfluidics
We investigate the effect of micrometer-scale surface wrinkling on the attachment and proliferation of model bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Escherichia coli K12) and fungi (Candida albicans). Specifically, sinusoidal (1D), checkerboard (C), and herringbone (H) patterns were fabricated by mechanical wrinkling of plasma-oxidized polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) bilayers and contrasted with flat (F) surfaces. Microbial deformation and orientation were found to correlate with the aspect ratio and commensurably with surface pattern dimensions and local pattern order. Significantly, our findings suggest a simple framework to rationalize the impact of micrometer-scale topography on microbial action and demonstrate that multiaxial patterning order provides an effective strategy to delay and frustrate the early stages of bacterial proliferation.
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Department of Chemical Engineering
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