Decontamination of Surfaces From Extremophile Organisms Using Nonthermal Atmospheric-Pressure Plasmas Academic Article uri icon


  • We showed that nonthermal dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma compromises the integrity of the cell membrane of Deinococcus radiodurans, an extremophile organism. In samples of D. radiodurans, which were dried in a laminar flow hood, we observe that DBD plasma exposure resulted in a six-log reduction in CFU (colony-forming unit) count after 30 min of treatment. When the Deinococcus radiodurans cells were suspended in distilled water and treated, it took only 15 s to achieve a four-log reduction of CFU count. 2009 IEEE.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science

author list (cited authors)

  • Cooper, M., Fridman, G., Staack, D., Gutsol, A. F., Vasilets, V. N., Anandan, S., ... Tsapin, A.

citation count

  • 58

complete list of authors

  • Cooper, M||Fridman, G||Staack, D||Gutsol, AF||Vasilets, VN||Anandan, S||Cho, YI||Fridman, A||Tsapin, A

publication date

  • June 2009