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Disinfection and Sterilization Using Plasma Technology: Fundamentals and Future Perspectives for Biological Applications

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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Okayama University of Science, Imabari, Ehime 794-8555, Japan
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Department of Electrical and Electric Engineering, National Institute of Technology Sasebo College, Nagasaki 857-1193, Japan
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Research Center for Food Safety, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8657, Japan
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(20), 5216; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms20205216
Received: 8 October 2019 / Revised: 19 October 2019 / Accepted: 21 October 2019 / Published: 21 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics)
Recent studies have shown that plasma can efficiently inactivate microbial pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses in addition to degrading toxins. Moreover, this technology is effective at inactivating pathogens on the surface of medical and dental devices, as well as agricultural products. The current practical applications of plasma technology range from sterilizing therapeutic medical devices to improving crop yields, as well as the area of food preservation. This review introduces recent advances and future perspectives in plasma technology, especially in applications related to disinfection and sterilization. We also introduce the latest studies, mainly focusing on the potential applications of plasma technology for the inactivation of microorganisms and the degradation of toxins. View Full-Text
Keywords: discharge; disinfection; inactivation; sterilization; toxins discharge; disinfection; inactivation; sterilization; toxins
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Sakudo, A.; Yagyu, Y.; Onodera, T. Disinfection and Sterilization Using Plasma Technology: Fundamentals and Future Perspectives for Biological Applications. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20, 5216.

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