Annals of Biomedical Engineering

, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 1314–1325 | Cite as

IGBT-Based Pulsed Electric Fields Generator for Disinfection: Design and In Vitro Studies on Pseudomonas aeruginosa

  • Andrey Ethan Rubin
  • Klimenty Levkov
  • Osman Berk Usta
  • Martin Yarmush
  • Alexander GolbergEmail author


Irreversible electroporation of cell membrane with pulsed electric fields is an emerging physical method for disinfection that aims to reduce the doses and volumes of used antibiotics for wound healing. Here we report on the design of the IGBT-based pulsed electric field generator that enabled eradication of multidrug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 on the gel. Using a concentric electric configuration we determined that the lower threshold of the electric field required to kill P. aeruginosa PAO1 was 89.28 ± 12.89 V mm−1, when 200 square pulses of 300 µs duration are delivered at 3 Hz. These parameters disinfected 38.14 ± 0.79 mm2 area around the single needle electrode. This study provides a step towards the design of equipment required for multidrug-resistant bacteria disinfection in patients with pulsed electric fields.


Multidrug-resistant bacteria IGBT Pulsed electric field Electroporation Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 



The authors acknowledge Bio-National USA-Israel Science Foundation (BSF) for the support of this study.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Porter School of Environmental and Earth SciencesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Center for Engineering in MedicineMassachusetts General Hospital Shriners Burn Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biomedical EngineeringRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA

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