Susceptibility of Staphylococcus epidermidis to Argon Cold Plasma Jet by Oxygen Admixture

Mohamed, A. - A. H., A. H. Basher, J. Q. M. Almarashi, and S. A. Ouf, "Susceptibility of Staphylococcus epidermidis to Argon Cold Plasma Jet by Oxygen Admixture", Applied Sciences, vol. 11, no. 8, 2021.


Cold atmospheric pressure sterilization is one of the nominated and efficient techniques to prevent the spread of diseases. Reactive species such as O and OH and other radicals play a major role in the mechanism of plasma sterilization. Therefore, in this work, oxygen was mixed with different parentage from (0.2 to 1.2%) to argon to enhance the generation of the reactive species and increase the argon atmospheric pressure plasma sterilization efficacy. The emission spectra from the jet increase the radicle line intensities by increasing the percentage admixture of O2 with the argon gas to reach a maximum power at 0.8; then, it gradually decreases with a higher O2 percentage. The OH band intensity decreases with increasing the admixture of O2. The jet with different O2 percentages was tested against Gram-positive S. epidermidis, which is the causal agent of nosocomial infections. The maximum reduction in colony-forming units (CFU) was observed at 0.2% O2. No bacterial growth was observed at the later concentration applied for 8 min and the same case was detected at 0.4% O2 applied to 16 min.



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