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Combined Dielectrophoresis and Impedance Systems for Bacteria Analysis in Microfluidic On-Chip Platforms

Department of Electronics, Bioelectronics and Nanobioengineering Research Group (SIC-BIO), University of Barcelona, Martí i Franquès 1, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
IBEC-Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia, Nanobioengineering Research Group, Baldiri Reixac 10-12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
CIBER-BBN-Biomedical Research Networking Centre for Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, María de Luna 11, Edificio CEEI, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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Academic Editors: Amine Miled and Jesse Greener
Sensors 2016, 16(9), 1514;
Received: 23 February 2016 / Revised: 12 August 2016 / Accepted: 9 September 2016 / Published: 16 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microfluidics-Based Microsystem Integration Research)
Bacteria concentration and detection is time-consuming in regular microbiology procedures aimed to facilitate the detection and analysis of these cells at very low concentrations. Traditional methods are effective but often require several days to complete. This scenario results in low bioanalytical and diagnostic methodologies with associated increased costs and complexity. In recent years, the exploitation of the intrinsic electrical properties of cells has emerged as an appealing alternative approach for concentrating and detecting bacteria. The combination of dielectrophoresis (DEP) and impedance analysis (IA) in microfluidic on-chip platforms could be key to develop rapid, accurate, portable, simple-to-use and cost-effective microfluidic devices with a promising impact in medicine, public health, agricultural, food control and environmental areas. The present document reviews recent DEP and IA combined approaches and the latest relevant improvements focusing on bacteria concentration and detection, including selectivity, sensitivity, detection time, and conductivity variation enhancements. Furthermore, this review analyses future trends and challenges which need to be addressed in order to successfully commercialize these platforms resulting in an adequate social return of public-funded investments. View Full-Text
Keywords: dielectrophoresis; impedance; bacteria; on-chip; microfluidics dielectrophoresis; impedance; bacteria; on-chip; microfluidics
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Páez-Avilés, C.; Juanola-Feliu, E.; Punter-Villagrasa, J.; Del Moral Zamora, B.; Homs-Corbera, A.; Colomer-Farrarons, J.; Miribel-Català, P.L.; Samitier, J. Combined Dielectrophoresis and Impedance Systems for Bacteria Analysis in Microfluidic On-Chip Platforms. Sensors 2016, 16, 1514.

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Páez-Avilés C, Juanola-Feliu E, Punter-Villagrasa J, Del Moral Zamora B, Homs-Corbera A, Colomer-Farrarons J, Miribel-Català PL, Samitier J. Combined Dielectrophoresis and Impedance Systems for Bacteria Analysis in Microfluidic On-Chip Platforms. Sensors. 2016; 16(9):1514.

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Páez-Avilés, Cristina; Juanola-Feliu, Esteve; Punter-Villagrasa, Jaime; Del Moral Zamora, Beatriz; Homs-Corbera, Antoni; Colomer-Farrarons, Jordi; Miribel-Català, Pere L.; Samitier, Josep. 2016. "Combined Dielectrophoresis and Impedance Systems for Bacteria Analysis in Microfluidic On-Chip Platforms" Sensors 16, no. 9: 1514.

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