Low pressure water vapour plasma treatment of surfaces for biomolecules decontamination.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2012

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  • Author: Fumagalli, F, Italy

    Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Italy

  • Author: Kylian, O, Czech Republic

    Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Czech Republic

  • Author: Amato, Letizia

    Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, Produktionstorvet, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Hanus, J, Italy

    Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Italy

  • Author: Rossi, F, Italy

    Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Italy

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Decontamination treatments of surfaces are performed on bacterial spores, albumin and brain
homogenate used as models of biological contaminations in a low-pressure, inductively
coupled plasma reactor operated with water-vapour-based gas mixtures. It is shown that
removal of contamination can be achieved using pure H2O or Ar/H2O mixtures at low
temperatures with removal rates comparable to oxygen-based mixtures. Particle fluxes (Ar+
ions, O and H atomic radicals and OH molecular radicals) from water vapour discharge are
measured by optical emission spectroscopy and Langmuir probe under several operating
conditions. Analysis of particle fluxes and removal rates measurements illustrates the role of
ion bombardment associated with O radicals, governing the removal rates of organic matter.
Auxiliary role of hydroxyl radicals is discussed on the basis of experimental data. The
advantages of a water vapour plasma process are discussed for practical applications in
medical devices decontamination.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Publication date2012
Volume45
Journal number13
Pages135203
Number of pages9
ISSN0022-3727
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StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 6
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