Using Physico-Chemical Approaches to Predict Microbial Adhesion
a Department of Fermentation Chemistry and Bioengineering, b Department of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
Microbial adhesion to solid surfaces has either important applications (immobilization) or negative (cause of illnesses, biofouling etc.) implications. This review summarizes the theoretical models that are able to predict quantitatively the cell adhesion to solid particles, based on physicochemical properties of the interacting surfaces, such as the thermodynamic balance of interaction energies, classical DLVO and extended DLVO (XDLVO) theory. It deals with their principles, advantages, limitations and (dis)agreements between model predictions and adhesion experiments.
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