Assessment of pathogenic bacteria using periodic actuation†
A new analytical platform for the assessment of pathogenic bacteria is presented. It is based on a robust technology which is able to amplify the signal to noise ratio providing fast and sensitive detection of target pathogenic bacteria. The system uses a custom made AC electrical impedance analyser to measure, using a lab on a chip platform, the oscillations of magnetically labelled analytes when applying a periodic magnetic field. The concentration of pathogenic Escherichia coli O157:H7 chosen as bacterial model was determined based on the amplitude of the electrical impedance oscillations at a selected AC frequency. The analytical platform provides a limit of detection of 102 cells ml−1, has a fast analysis time, and is amenable for the detection of other target cells. The system has simple design suitable for portability and automated operation.