Atomic oxygen and hydroxyl radical generation in round helium-based atmospheric-pressure plasma jets by various electrode arrangements and its application in sterilizing Streptococcus mutans

Chih Tung Liu, Ching Jung Wu, Yi Wei Yang, Zhi Hua Lin, Jong-Shinn Wu, Shun Chung Hsiao, Chun Pin Lin

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Abstract

The reactive chemical species generated in an atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ), such as hydroxyl radical and atomic oxygen, are generally regarded as the major sources for several biomedical applications. In this paper, we propose an APPJ with a 25-kHz high-voltage powered stainless steel tube fixed inside a quartz tube and an aluminum grounded electrode that is wrapped around the quartz tube. The results show that the radical intensities of atomic oxygen and hydroxyl radical, gas temperature, and power absorption increase with increasing distance of discharge gap distance under the same applied voltage. Increasing the width of grounded electrode increases gas temperature and causes higher power absorption but only slight change of radical generation. We have applied the APPJ with the conditions of highest radical generation (grounded electrode width = discharge gap distance = 15 mm) for effectively sterilizing Streptococcus mutans within 15 s, which shows a highly potential application for root canal disinfection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6879294
Pages (from-to)3830-3836
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Volume42
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Atmospheric-pressure plasma
  • dental sterilization
  • discharge gap
  • electrodes arrangement
  • plasma medicine

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