• Thermally switchable polymers achieve controlled Escherichia coli detachment

      Hook, A.L.; Chang, Chien-Yi; Scurr, D.J.; Langer, R.; Anderson, D.G.; Williams, P.; Davies, M.C.; Alexander, M.R. (2014-07)
      The thermally triggered release of up to 96% of attached uropathogenic E. coli is achieved on two polymers with opposite changes in surface wettability upon reduction in temperature. This demonstrates that the bacterial attachment to a surface cannot be explained in terms of water contact angle alone; rather, the surface composition of the polymer plays the key role.