Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 61, Number 2, February 2013
Topical issue: 13th International Symposium on High Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Chemistry (Hakone XIII). Edited by Nicolas Gherardi, Henryca Danuta Stryczewska and Yvan Ségui
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Plasma, Discharges and Processes|
|Published online||15 February 2013|
Decontamination of Streptococci biofilms and Bacillus cereus spores on plastic surfaces with DC and pulsed corona discharges *
Division of Environmental Physics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University, 84248 Bratislava, Slovakia
2 Division of Biomedical Physics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina, 84248 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Revised: 29 November 2012
Accepted: 5 December 2012
Published online: 18 February 2013
Cold air plasmas of DC and pulsed corona discharges: positive streamers and negative Trichel pulses were used for bio-decontamination of Streptococci biofilm and Bacillus cereus spores on polypropylene plastic surfaces. The reduction of bacterial population (evaluated as log10) in the biofilm on plastic surfaces treated by DC corona reached 2.4 logs with 10 min treatment time and 3.3 logs with 2 min treatment time with water spraying. The enhancement of plasma biocidal effects on the biofilm by electro-spraying of water through a hollow needle high-voltage electrode was investigated. No significant polarity effect was found with DC corona. Pulsed corona was demonstrated slightly more bactericidal for spores, especially in the negative polarity where the bacterial population reduction reached up to 2.2 logs at 10 min exposure time.
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