Removal and sterilization of biofilms and planktonic bacteria by microwave-induced argon plasma at atmospheric pressure

Mi Hee Lee, Bong Joo Park, Soo Chang Jin, Dohyun Kim, Lnho Han, Jungsung Kim, Soon O. Hyun, Kie Hyung Chung, Jong Chul Park

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Microbial biofilms are a functional matrix of microbial cells, enveloped in polysaccharides, enzymes and virulence factors secreted by them that can develop on indwelling medical devices and biomaterials. Plasma sterilization has been widely studied in recent years for biological applications. In this study, we evaluated the possibility of removal and anti-recovery of biofilms by microwave-induced argon plasma at atmospheric pressure. We observed mat all bacterial biofilms formatted by Gram-negative and Grampositive bacteria are removed in less than 20 s, and the growth inhibitions of planktonic bacteria within biofilms are also confirmed by plasma exposure for 5 s. These results suggest that our plasma system can be applied to medical and biological fields where the removal of biofilms and their debris is required.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115022
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 26


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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