Author Archives: Toshihiro Takamatsu et al.

Microbial Inactivation in the Liquid Phase Induced by Multigas Plasma Jet

by Toshihiro Takamatsu, Kodai Uehara, Yota Sasaki, Miyahara Hidekazu, Yuriko Matsumura, Atsuo Iwasawa, Norihiko Ito, Masahiro Kohno, Takeshi Azuma, Akitoshi Okino Various gas atmospheric nonthermal plasmas were generated using a multigas plasma jet to treat microbial suspensions. Results indicated that carbon dioxide and nitrogen plasma had high sterilization effects. Carbon dioxide plasma, which generated the greatest amount of singlet oxygen than other gas plasmas, killed general bacteria and some fungi. On the other hand, nitrogen plasma, which generated the largest amount of OH radical, killed ≥6 log of 11 species of microorganisms, including general bacteria, fungi, acid-fast bacteria, spores, and viruses in 1–15 min. To identify reactive species responsible for bacterial inactivation, antioxidants were added to bacterial suspensions, which revealed that singlet oxygen and OH radicals had greatest inactivation effects.