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.
- Atmospheric-pressure Discharges
- Plasma Decontamination
- Cold Plasma
- Dielectric Barrier Discharges (dbds)