FACULTY OF BIOLOGY AND BIO-TECHNOLOGY

PROF. DR. JULIA BANDOW, APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY

Plasma is ionized gas. Plasmas contain highly reactive chemical species, UV radiation, and frequently, electrical fields. Some plasmas can be operated at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, which makes them interest-ing for applications in biology and medicine. Of particular interest are the antibacterial effects which can be ex-ploited for sterilization and disinfection, even of human skin. We seek to understand the mechanisms underlying the antibacterial effects. We are also interested in the cellular defense strategies that may result in resistance. We found that some plasma-generated chemical species can be used to fuel biocatalytic reactions. Combining plasma and specialized enzymes we facilitate the synthesis of fine chemicals.
Keywords: Cold atmospheric-pressure plasmas, biocatalysis, bacterial resistance, Green Chemistry, protein analysis

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