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

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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.

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The article was received on 23 Jun 2016, accepted on 06 Oct 2016 and first published on 04 Nov 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR05046H
Citation: Nanoscale, 2016,8, 18860-18869
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    The nanotipped hairs of gecko skin and biotemplated replicas impair and/or kill pathogenic bacteria with high efficiency

    X. Li, G. S. Cheung, G. S. Watson, J. A. Watson, S. Lin, L. Schwarzkopf and D. W. Green, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 18860
    DOI: 10.1039/C6NR05046H

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