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Biological and Environmental Applications of Gas Discharge Plasmas
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Editors: Graciela Brelles-Mariño (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA)
Book Description:
The emerging field of biological and environmental applications of plasma represents an inter/multidisciplinary effort among microbiologists, biologists, physicists, engineers and more recently, physicians. Environmental, health, and safety problems become more crucial in our present period of exponential demographic growth. Although there is an increase in awareness for clean technologies, the quantities of biological and chemical waste requiring treatment are markedly increasing. There is also a real need to solve medical problems, such as biofilm-mediated nosocomial infections, that seem to be difficult to solve by using traditional technologies. There are also problems related to water contamination that require urgent responses. In this context, plasma technologies offer a potentially good solution to many of these problems.
The book “Biological and Environmental Applications of Gas Discharge Plasmas” includes seven chapters on environmental, biological, and health-related applications and also descriptions about methodologies used to study the interaction between plasma and its target. Chapters written by leading experts in their fields discuss medical applications such as cauterization, biofilm inactivation, blood coagulation, treatment of corneal infections, cancers, dental diseases, and leishmaniasis, just to mention a few. Environmental topics such as water treatment and purification, removal of gaseous chemical pollutants, treatment of industrial waste, and purification of spent solvents are also thoroughly discussed together with some novel applications such as the treatment of seeds and wood for decontamination and further storage. This book gives an overview of some of the most exciting present and future applications of gas discharge plasmas.

Table of Contents:


CHAPTER I: Environmental Applications of Non-Thermal Plasmas
(Kurt H. Becker, Department of Physics, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, NY, USA) pp.1-28

Ozone Generation with Cold Plasmas for Water Treatment Processes
(Jose Lopez, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Saint Peter's College, NJ, USA)pp.29-44

Microscopy as an Analysis Tool for Studying Plasma Applications
(Kurt Vandervoort,Physics Dept.,California State Polytechnic University,Pomona, CA, USA)pp.45-70

CHAPTER IV: Bacterial Biofilm Inactivation by Gas-Discharge Plasmas
(Graciela Brelles-Mariño,Biological Sciences Department,
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA)pp.71-94

CHAPTER V: Non-Equilibrium Plasma Application in Medicine
(Gregory Fridman, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA)pp.95-184

CHAPTER VI. Decontamination of Chemical and Microbial Targets using Gliding Electrical Discharge
(Murielle Naïtali, Jean-Marie Herry and Marie-Noëlle Bellon-Fontaine, AgroParisTech, INRA, UMR763 Bioadhésion et Hygiène des Matériaux, Massy, France; Bogdan Hnatiuc and Eugen Hnatiuc,Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi”, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Iasi, Romania; Jean-Louis Brisset, Université de Rouen, UFR Sciences et Techniques, Mont Saint Aignan, France)pp.185-232

Dielectric Barrier Discharge: A Versatile Tool for Biological Applications
(Nina Mertens, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst, Fachhochschule,Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen,Göttingen, Germany and Wolfgang Viö, Laser Laboratorium Göttingen, Goettingen Niedersachsen, Germany)pp.233-258

Index pp.259-280

      Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2012
   Pages: pp.282
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-945-7
   Status: AV
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