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Jan J. T. M. Swartjes, Deepak H. Veeregowda, Henny C. van der Mei, Henk J. Busscher and Prashant K. Sharma Normally Oriented Adhesion versus Friction Forces in Bacterial Adhesion to Polymer-Brush Functionalized Surfaces Under Fluid Flow Advanced Functional Materials 24

Article first published online: 7 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201400217

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Bacterial friction forces are involved in the adhesion and immobilization of bacteria to polymer-brush coated surfaces from a flowing carrier fluid. Friction forces are governed by an interplay of the normally oriented adhesion forces and the properties of the surface and are required to cause immobilization of adhering bacteria once they have approached the surface and established contact.

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