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Plasma for Bio-Decontamination, Medicine and Food Security

  • Zdenko Machala
  • Karol Hensel
  • Yuri Akishev
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Plasma Bio-Decontamination, Water Chemistry and Effects on Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Klaus-Dieter Weltmann, Jörn Winter, Martin Polak, Jörg Ehlbeck, Thomas von Woedtke
      Pages 3-15
    3. Zdenko Machala, Barbora Tarabová, Michal Pelach, Zuzana Šipoldová, Karol Hensel, Mário Janda et al.
      Pages 31-44
    4. Ramasamy Pothiraja, Jan-Wilm Lackmann, Gernot Keil, Nikita Bibinov, Peter Awakowicz
      Pages 45-55
    5. Hana Soušková, V. Scholtz, J. Julák, D. Savická
      Pages 57-66
    6. Thomas von Woedtke, Katrin Oehmigen, Ronny Brandenburg, Tomáš Hoder, Christian Wilke, Marcel Hähnel et al.
      Pages 67-78
    7. Emmanuel Odic, S. Limam, M. J. Kirkpatrick, B. Dodet, S. Salamitou, M. S. DuBow
      Pages 93-106
    8. Joao Santos Sousa, Pierre-Marie Girard, Evelyne Sage, Jean-Luc Ravanat, Vincent Puech
      Pages 107-119
    9. José L. Hueso, Víctor J. Rico, Ángel Yanguas-Gil, José Cotrino, Agustín R. González-Elipe
      Pages 121-132
  3. Plasma Biofilm Inactivation and Dentistry Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Anna Zelaya, Kurt Vandervoort, Graciela Brelles-Mariño
      Pages 135-148
    3. Yuri Akishev, N. Trushkin, M. Grushin, A. Petryakov, V. Karal’nik, E. Kobzev et al.
      Pages 149-161
    4. Svetlana Ermolaeva, Oleg Petrov, Nailya Zigangirova, Mikhail Vasiliev, Elena Sysolyatina, Sergei Antipov et al.
      Pages 163-178
    5. Chunqi Jiang, Christoph Schaudinn, David E. Jaramillo, Martin A. Gundersen, J. William Costerton
      Pages 179-190
    6. Ina Koban, Lukasz Jablonowski, Axel Kramer, Klaus-Dieter Weltmann, Thomas Kocher
      Pages 191-200
    7. Qing Song Yu, H. Li, A. C. Ritts, B. Yang, M. Chen, L. Hong et al.
      Pages 215-228

About these proceedings


Non-thermal (cold) plasmas at atmospheric pressure have recently found many breakthrough applications in biology, medicine, and food security. Plasmas can efficiently kill bacteria, yeasts, moulds, spores, biofilms and other hazardous microorganisms, including potential bio-terrorism agents. They can be employed for bio-decontamination and sterilization of surfaces, medical instruments, water, air, food, even of living tissues without causing their damage. Direct or indirect plasma interaction with living cells of microorganisms or even humans enables novel bio-medical applications, e.g. treatment of skin diseases and ulcers. Plasma-enhanced blood coagulation coupled with its antiseptic properties proved success in wound healing and opens new possibilities in surgery, emergency medicine and military applications. Plasma treatment allows cell manipulations, their removal and targeted transfer into the injured area, which can accelerate wound healing. Plasma induced apoptosis (programmed cell death) of tumor cells brings forth a great potential for cancer treatment. Besides, plasma enables painless treatment of dental caries, root canal disinfection, and other dentistry applications.
This book is a selection of reviewed manuscripts issuing from the NATO Advanced Research Workshop Plasma for bio-decontamination, medicine and food security held in Jasná, Slovakia, on 15-18 March 2011. It provides a comprehensive overview of the current knowledge and research activities focused at the plasma applications in areas such as bio-decontamination, water chemistry, effects on cells; biofilm inactivation, UV sterilization, and medicine, especially tissue treatment and wound healing, as well as dentistry and food security.


Food security Non-thermal plasma (cold plasma) Plasma bio-decontamination (sterilization) Plasma dentistry Plasma medicine Wound healing

Editors and affiliations

  • Zdenko Machala
    • 1
  • Karol Hensel
    • 2
  • Yuri Akishev
    • 3
  1. 1., Faculty of Math., Phys. and InformaticsComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2., Faculty of Math., Phys. and InformaticsComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  3. 3.SRC RF TrinitiTroitskRussia

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