Nanofabricated structures and microfluidic devices for bacteria: From techniques to biology

Fabai Wu, Cees Dekker*

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Nanofabricated structures and microfluidic technologies are increasingly being used to study bacteria because of their precise spatial and temporal control. They have facilitated studying many long-standing questions regarding growth, chemotaxis and cell-fate switching, and opened up new areas such as probing the effect of boundary geometries on the subcellular structure and social behavior of bacteria. We review the use of nano/microfabricated structures that spatially separate bacteria for quantitative analyses and that provide topological constraints on their growth and chemical communications. These approaches are becoming modular and broadly applicable, and show a strong potential for dissecting the complex life of bacteria at various scales and engineering synthetic microbial societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-280
Number of pages13
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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