Evaporative deposition patterns of bacteria from a sessile drop: Effect of changes in surface wettability due to exposure to a laboratory atmosphere

Kyle F. Baughman, Raina M. Maier, Theresa A. Norris, Brooke M. Beam, Anoma Mudalige, Jeanne E. Pemberton, Joan E. Curry

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Abstract

Evaporative deposition from a sessile drop is a simple and appealing way to deposit materials on a surface. In this work, we deposit living, motile colloidal particles (bacteria) on mica from drops of aqueous solution. We show for the first time that it is possible to produce a continuous variation in the deposition pattern from ring deposits to cellular pattern deposits by incremental changes in surface wettability which we achieve by timed exposure of the mica surface to the atmosphere. We show that it is possible to change the contact angle of the drop from less than 5° to near 20° by choice of atmospheric exposure time. This controls the extent of drop spreading, which in turn determines the architecture of the deposition pattern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7293-7298
Number of pages6
JournalLangmuir
Volume26
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 18 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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