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Atmospheric-pressure plasma sources: Prospective tools for plasma medicine

Klaus Dieter Weltmann1 / Eckhard Kindel1 / Thomas von Woedtke1 / Marcel Hähnel1 / Manfred Stieber1 / Ronny Brandenburg1

1Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP Greifswald), Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, D-17489 Greifswald, Germany

Citation Information: Pure and Applied Chemistry. Volume 82, Issue 6, Pages 1223–1237, ISSN (Online) 1365-3075, ISSN (Print) 0033-4545, DOI: 10.1351/PAC-CON-09-10-35, April 2010

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2010-04-20

Plasma-based treatment of chronic wounds or skin diseases as well as tissue engineering or tumor treatment is an extremely promising field. First practical studies are promising, and plasma medicine as an independent medical field is emerging worldwide. While during the last years the basics of sterilizing effects of plasmas were well studied, concepts of tailor-made plasma sources which meet the technical requirements of medical instrumentation are still less developed. Indeed, studies on the verification of selective antiseptic effects of plasmas are required, but the development of advanced plasma sources for biomedical applications and a profound knowledge of their physics, chemistry, and parameters must be contributed by physical research. Considering atmospheric-pressure plasma sources, the determination of discharge development and plasma parameters is a great challenge, due to the high complexity and limited diagnostic approaches. This contribution gives an overview on plasma sources for therapeutic applications in plasma medicine. Selected specific plasma sources that are used for the investigation of various biological effects are presented and discussed. Furthermore, the needs, prospects, and approaches for its characterization from the fundamental plasma physical point of view will be discussed.

Keywords: atmospheric-pressure plasma; barrier discharge; biomedical applications; decontamination; plasma jet; plasma medicine; sterilization; temperature; (V)UV-radiation

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