Contact: Deborah O'Connell
Cold atmospheric pressure plasmas are emerging as an exciting development for therapeutics. These plasmas are very efficient sources of highly reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS), UV radiation, electromagnetic fields and charged particles. These components have individually been implicated in biological systems and therapeutics. Plasmas have the advantage that they directly generate these and can interact with samples. Examples of applications we work on include cancer treatments, bacterial biofilm inactivation, wound healing and agricultural applications. We use a combination of advanced diagnostic techniques and simulations to determine reactive species concentrations and optimise chemical pathways to develop control strategies for specific applications.