Comparing the biocidal properties of non-thermal plasma sources by reference protocol
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The previously proposed reference protocol enabling easy comparison of biocidal properties of different non-thermal plasma sources has been followed and discussed. For inactivation tests the reference protocol has used spores of Gram positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis (ATCC 6633) deposited on a polycarbonate membrane as reference sample. In this work, biocidal properties of a negative glow corona, positive streamer corona, positive transient spark and cometary discharges are being compared in both open air and closed apparatus. Despite the total number of bacteria surviving 1 h exposure has decreased by up to 7 orders in closed apparatus, in open one, only weak inhibition bactericidal effect has been observed.
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