A review of atomic force microscopy applied to cell interactions with membranes

Nidal Hilal, W. Richard Bowen, L. Alkhatib, O. Ogunbiyi

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    Abstract

    Atomic force microscopy is a new technology and the wide range of its applications is rapidly growing in research and development. It is a versatile and useful technique to study engineering processes at the nanoscale level. This powerful technique has been used to visualize surfaces both in air and process relevant aqueous environments. The atomic force microscope (AFM) in conjunction with colloid probe, coated colloid probe and cell probe techniques offers excellent advantages over other competing techniques in the study of chemical and process engineering problems, especially directly quantifying the forces of interaction between (coated) colloids/cells and planar surfaces of process materials and equipment. This paper focuses on the use of such probes in the direct measurement of (bio)colloidal interactions in a direction normal to the surface at which the interaction may take place. The approach has played a big role in the development of (bio)fouling resistant membranes by correctly identifying membranes with low fouling properties. It introduced the concept to (bio) process engineering of using AFM in the development of novel surfaces prior to costly pilot plant procedures. AFM is fast becoming an essential tool for research and development and is proven to be a powerful asset in the understanding of existing processes and the development of new processes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)282-292
    Number of pages11
    JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
    Volume84
    Issue number4 A
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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    Keywords

    • Adhesion forces
    • Atomic force microscopy
    • Colloid probes
    • Engineering
    • Membranes

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Chemical Engineering(all)

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    A review of atomic force microscopy applied to cell interactions with membranes. / Hilal, Nidal; Bowen, W. Richard; Alkhatib, L.; Ogunbiyi, O.

    In: Chemical Engineering Research and Design, Vol. 84, No. 4 A, 01.01.2006, p. 282-292.

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    Hilal, Nidal ; Bowen, W. Richard ; Alkhatib, L. ; Ogunbiyi, O. / A review of atomic force microscopy applied to cell interactions with membranes. In: Chemical Engineering Research and Design. 2006 ; Vol. 84, No. 4 A. pp. 282-292.
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