Plasma generated ozone and reactive oxygen species for point of use PPE decontamination system. Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper reports a plasma reactive oxygen species (ROS) method for decontamination of PPE (N95 respirators and gowns) using a surface DBD source to meet the increased need of PPE due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A system is presented consisting of a mobile trailer (35 m3) along with several Dielectric barrier discharge sources installed for generating a plasma ROS level to achieve viral decontamination. The plasma ROS treated respirators were evaluated at the CDC NPPTL, and additional PPE specimens and material functionality testing were performed at Texas A&M. The effects of decontamination on the performance of respirators were tested using a modified version of the NIOSH Standard Test Procedure TEB-APR-STP-0059 to determine particulate filtration efficiency. The treated Prestige Ameritech and BYD brand N95 respirators show filtration efficiencies greater than 95% and maintain their integrity. The overall mechanical and functionality tests for plasma ROS treated PPE show no significant variations.

published proceedings

  • PLoS One

author list (cited authors)

  • Huang, M., Hasan, M. K., Rathore, K., Hil Baky, M. A., Lassalle, J., Kraus, J., ... Staack, D.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Huang, Min||Hasan, Md Kamrul||Rathore, Kavita||Hil Baky, Md Abdullah||Lassalle, John||Kraus, Jamie||Burnette, Matthew||Campbell, Christopher||Wang, Kunpeng||Jemison, Howard||Pillai, Suresh||Pharr, Matt||Staack, David

editor list (cited editors)

  • Mukherjee, A.

publication date

  • January 2022