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Probing the interactions between bubbles (gas / liquid) and (bio)interfaces at the molecular scale using FluidFM technology

Abstract : Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying bubble-(bio)surfaces interactions is currently a challenge that if overcame, would allow to understand and control the various processes in which they are involved. Atomic force microscopy is a valuable tool to measure such interactions, but it is limited by the large size and instability of bubbles. To overcome these challenges, we here develop a new method to probe more accurately the interactions between bubbles and (bio)-interfaces by using the fluidic force microscopy technology (FluidFM) that combines AFM with microfluidics. In this study, we use FluidFM in an original manner, to produce microsized bubbles. We characterized the bubbles produced using this method, and their interactions with hydrophobic surfaces were probed, showing that bubbles behave like hydrophobic surfaces. Thus they can be used to measure the hydrophobic properties of microorganisms' surfaces. Finally we developed a strategy to functionalize their surface, thereby modulating their interactions with microorganisms' surfaces. This new method provides a valuable tool to understand bubble-(bio)surfaces interactions but also to engineer them. 1 nN 1.5 µm P. aeruginosa Interactions of cells with bubbles are controlled by bubble functionalization CONCLUSIONS Here we provide the possibility to (i) modify easily the surface of the bubbles produced using FluidFM, and (ii) to show in what way the modification of the bubble surface influences the nature and strength of the interaction with cells. In future projects, this strategy could also be used to specifically separate cell populations from each other; for example to separate bacterial cells from human blood cells in the case of sepsis, but many other applications can now be envisioned.
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Irem Demir-Yilmaz, Ines Lüchtefeld, Claude Lemen, Etienne Dague, Pascal Guiraud, et al.. Probing the interactions between bubbles (gas / liquid) and (bio)interfaces at the molecular scale using FluidFM technology. Journées plénières du GDR Bioingénierie des Interfaces (B2I), Sep 2021, Toulouse, France. ⟨hal-03429997⟩



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