Applications of micro-systems technology for characterization and detection of microorganisms

R. Bashir, R. Gómez, H. Chang, M. Ladisch, A. Bhunia

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Biological entities such as microorganisms are exquisite systems that have many intricate properties and can perform complex functions. We present the use of electrical characterization to examine two properties and functions of the microorganisms within novel micro-systems. One system takes advantage of the charge state of the cells to measure their electrophoretic mobility through micro-pores. The second system measures impedance changes produced by the metabolic activity of cells to determine their viability. Such devices with an electronic signal output can be very useful in producing practical systems for rapid detection and characterization of cells for a wide variety of applications in the food and health industries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2001 Microelectromechanical Systems Conference, MEMS 2001
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)0780372247, 9780780372245
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventMicroelectromechanical Systems Conference, MEMS 2001 - Berkeley, United States
Duration: Aug 24 2001Aug 26 2001

Publication series

Name2001 Microelectromechanical Systems Conference, MEMS 2001


OtherMicroelectromechanical Systems Conference, MEMS 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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