Brazilian Journal of Microbiology
versión impresa ISSN 1517-8382
BERNARDES, Patrícia Campos et al. Assessment of hydrophobicity and roughness of stainless steel adhered by an isolate of Bacillus cereus from a dairy plant. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2010, vol.41, n.4, pp. 984-992. ISSN 1517-8382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-83822010000400017.
The interaction between the surface of stainless steel and Bacillus cereus was studied in terms of the characteristics of interfacial interaction determined from the measurement of the contact angle of the surface of B. cereus and stainless steel in the presence or absence of B. cereus adherence. The microtopographies and the roughness of the surface of stainless steel and stainless steel adhered by B. cereus were evaluated with the help of atomic force microscopy and perfilometry. The strain of B. cereus studied was considered hydrophilic, whereas the stainless steel was considered hydrophobic. The adhesion was not thermodynamically favorable (ΔGadhesion > 0) between the stainless steel and the strain of B. cereus studied. Thus, the interaction between them was not favored by the thermodynamic aspect of adhesion. There was no difference (p > 0.05) in the roughness of the surfaces of stainless steel adhered by B. cereus when analyzed by atomic force microscope and perfilometry.
Palabras llave : hydrophobicity; roughness; Bacillus cereus; dairy plant; adhesion.