Counting of Escherichia coli DH5α-cell suspensions in PBS is performed using a microflow cytometer based on a photonic-microfluidic integrated device. Side-scattered light signals are used to count the E. coli cells. A detection efficiency of 92% is achieved when compared with the expected count from a hemocytometer. The detection efficiency is correlated to the ratio of sample to sheath flow rates. It is demonstrated that E. coli can be easily distinguished from beads of similar sizes (2-4 μm) as their scattering intensities are different.
Electrophoresis36, no. 2 (19 January 2015): 298–304.