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Highly Effective Large-Area Inactivation of B. subtilis Spore Using a Planar Dielectric Barrier Discharge Jet With  \hbox {CF}_{4} /Air Mixture

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4 Author(s)
Yi-Wei Yang ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Nat. Chiao Tung Univ., Hsinchu, Taiwan ; Wu, J.-Y. ; Ming-Hung Chiang ; Jong-Shinn Wu

In this paper, we demonstrate that, by adding a small amount of CF4 (2%) into a compressed-air planar dielectric barrier discharge (DBD), one can effectively inactivate a B. subtilis spore up to 50 mm in width in the postdischarge jet region after ten passes of exposure of plasma plume (equivalent plasma exposure time of 1 s) for treatment distance of up to 14 mm for the spore concentration in the range of 105-107 CFU/mL. A possible mechanism is proposed, i.e., the chemically active F atoms and CF (n = 1 - 3) are generated through the help of abundant excited nitrogen molecules in the postdischarge region.

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 11 )