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The use of microfluidics and dielectrophoresis for separation, concentration, and identification of bacteria
Author(s): Cynthia Hanson; Michael Sieverts; Karen Tew; Annelise Dykes; Michaela Salisbury; Elizabeth Vargis
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Paper Abstract

Traditional bacterial identification methods take one to two days to complete, relying on large bacteria colonies for visual identification. In order to decrease this analysis time in a cost-effective manner, a method to sort and concentrate bacteria based on the bacteria’s characteristics itself is needed. One example of such a method is dielectrophoresis, which has been used by researchers to separate bacteria from sample debris and sort bacteria according to species. This work presents variations in which dielectrophoresis can be performed and their associated drawbacks and benefits specifically to bacterial identification. In addition, a potential microfluidic design will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9705, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XIV, 97050E (21 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2213593
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Cynthia Hanson, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Michael Sieverts, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Karen Tew, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Annelise Dykes, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Michaela Salisbury, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Elizabeth Vargis, Utah State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9705:
Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XIV
Bonnie L. Gray; Holger Becker, Editor(s)

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