The nanotipped hairs of gecko skin and biotemplated replicas impair and/or kill pathogenic bacteria with high efficiency

Li, X., Cheung, G.S., Watson, G.S., Watson, J.A., Lin, S., Schwarzkopf, L., and Green, D.W. (2016) The nanotipped hairs of gecko skin and biotemplated replicas impair and/or kill pathogenic bacteria with high efficiency. Nanoscale, 8 (45). pp. 18860-18869.

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Abstract

We show that gecko microspinules (hairs) and their equivalent replicas, bearing nanoscale tips, can kill or impair surface associating oral pathogenic bacteria with high efficiency even after 7 days of repeated attacks. Scanning Electron Microscopy suggests that there is more than one mechanism contributing to cell death which appears to be related to the scaling of the bacteria type with the hair arrays and accessibility to the underlying nano-topography of the hierarchical surfaces.

Item ID: 46665
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2040-3372
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 07:43
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060112 Structural Biology (incl Macromolecular Modelling) @ 100%
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