Matt Pavlovich.

Ph. D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2014
University of California, Berkeley

B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2009
Georgia Institute of Technology

Antimicrobial Applications of Ambient-Air Plasma

Within the last fifteen years, low-temperature, atmospheric-pressure air plasma has been shown to have toxic effects against a variety of bacteria and other microorganisms. This project studied the application of air plasma as a means of surface and liquid disinfection. The major goals of the project were to understand the relationship among plasma processing parameters, plasma chemistry, and microbial inactivation. An envisioned application of the project is to develop a low-cost, portable plasma sanitizer suitable for use in the developing world or emergency medicine.