Evaporative deposition of bacteria from a sessile drop: Effects of suspension aging

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In this work, we report on the evaporative deposition of bacteria from a drying aqueous drop on mica as a function of the bacterial suspension age. For sufficiently aged bacterial suspensions, residues are small and more filled-in than residues formed from fresh suspensions on similarly aged mica. In addition, the interior deposition pattern transitions from a cellular film characteristic of fresh suspensions to a cracked carpet pattern for aged suspensions. Suspension aging related changes in the residues are attributed to accumulation of organic materials such as DNA, RNA, proteins, and other bacterial components in the suspension. The aging process is also observed to be at least partially dependent on ventilation of the suspension during aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEvaporative Self Assembly of Polymers, Nanoparticles, and DNA
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event2010 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 5 2010Apr 9 2010

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Other2010 MRS Spring Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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