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A photometric high-throughput method for identification of electrochemically active bacteria using a WO3 nanocluster probe.

Scientific reports (2013-02-27)
Shi-Jie Yuan, Hui He, Guo-Ping Sheng, Jie-Jie Chen, Zhong-Hua Tong, Yuan-Yuan Cheng, Wen-Wei Li, Zhi-Qi Lin, Feng Zhang, Han-Qing Yu
ABSTRACT

Electrochemically active bacteria (EAB) are ubiquitous in environment and have important application in the fields of biogeochemistry, environment, microbiology and bioenergy. However, rapid and sensitive methods for EAB identification and evaluation of their extracellular electron transfer ability are still lacking. Herein we report a novel photometric method for visual detection of EAB by using an electrochromic material, WO(3) nanoclusters, as the probe. This method allowed a rapid identification of EAB within 5 min and a quantitative evaluation of their extracellular electron transfer abilities. In addition, it was also successfully applied for isolation of EAB from environmental samples. Attributed to its rapidness, high reliability, easy operation and low cost, this method has high potential for practical implementation of EAB detection and investigations.

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