Sensitivity and Response Time of Polyethyleneimine Modified Impedimetric Transducer for Bacteria Detection

Sergi Brosel-Oliu, Natalia Abramova, Andrey Bratov, Núria Vigués, Jordi Mas, Francesc Xavier Muñoz

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© 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. An impedimetric transducer based on an interdigitated electrode array (IDEA) modified with polyethyleneimine was used to study interactions with bacteria present in a sample solution. Bacteria immobilization on the sensor surface affects the surface charge and produces changes in the superficial impedance. The sensor surface was chemically modified by layer-by-layer (LbL) method with oppositely charged polyelectrolyte layers by alternating polyethyleneimine (PEI) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS). Escherichia coli gram-negative bacteria were employed as a model for sensitivity and response time evaluation. Bacteria were immobilized on IDEA with PEI-PSS-PEI multilayer taking into account the ability of PEI to react chemically with outer membrane compounds of gram-negative bacteria and thus improve purely electrostatic interactions. Detection limit of the sensor was found to be as low as 101cfu/mL in E. coli cultures with response time around 20minutes. In order to introduce a biorecognition element by bacterial detection, the lectin Concanavalin A (ConA) was deposited on IDEA surface through PEI-ConA interaction, achieving a detection limit of 104cfu/mL. The strategies developed show the possibility to achieve highly sensitive and rapid detection of bacteria using IDEA transducers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-662
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Bacteria detection
  • E. coli
  • Impedimetric transducer
  • Interdigitated electrode array
  • Layer-by-layer


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