Title: Auto-production of biosurfactants reverses the coffee ring effect in a bacterial system
Authors: Sempels, Wouter *
De Dier, Raf *
Mizuno, Hideaki
Hofkens, Johan
Vermant, Jan # ×
Issue Date: 23-Apr-2013
Series Title: Nature Communications vol:4
Article number: 1757
Abstract: The deposition of material at the edge of evaporating droplets, known as the ‘coffee ring effect’, is caused by a radially outward capillary flow. This phenomenon is common to a wide array of systems including colloidal and bacterial systems. The role of surfactants in counteracting these coffee ring depositions is related to the occurrence of local vortices known as Marangoni eddies. Here we show that these swirling flows are universal, and not only lead to a uniform deposition of colloids but also occur in living bacterial systems. Experiments on Pseudomonas aeruginosa suggest that the auto-production of biosurfactants has an essential role in creating a homogeneous deposition of the bacteria upon drying. Moreover, at biologically relevant conditions, intricate time-dependent flows are observed in addition to the
vortex regime, which are also effective in reversing the coffee ring effect at even lower surfactant concentrations.
ISSN: 2041-1723
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Soft Matter, Rheology and Technology Section
Molecular Imaging and Photonics
Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology Section
* (joint) first author
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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