DLR-Logo -> http://www.dlr.de
DLR Portal Home | Imprint | Privacy Policy | Contact | Deutsch
Fontsize: [-] Text [+]

Complex plasma physics on the ISS�and its application in plasma medicine and hygiene

Thomas, Hubertus (2014) Complex plasma physics on the ISS�and its application in plasma medicine and hygiene. Institutsseminar, 25.2.2014, Köln. (Unpublished)

Full text not available from this repository.


Complex plasma research is an interdisciplinary basic research field in between plasma physics and soft matter physics. It offers the possibility to investigate strongly coupled many particle phenomena on the most fundamental, the kinetic level. Our group performed such studies under microgravity conditions on the International Space Station ISS over the last 12 years complementary to the work on ground. Low temperature plasma physics is the basis for this research and a large technological knowhow has been developed to build the space experiments at our institute. This special knowhow have been transferred to a new field of applied research, the so-called plasma medicine and plasma hygiene. Here, cold atmospheric plasmas (CAPs) are used to kill bacteria, virus, fungi or spores on sensitive surfaces like the human skin at atmospheric pressures. Due to the know-how of building space plasma devices our group was the first in the world that could design, built and qualify a plasma source for the use in clinical trials for the treatment of chronic wounds. The results were very convincing – the wounds were disinfected through the plasma treatment and even more promising, they showed faster wound healing. The applications of CAP in plasma medicine and plasma hygiene are vast and many ideas exist in the community. The plasma could even be used to decontaminate space hardware in terms of planetary protection. A recent study by DLR-ME and MPE showed that CAP could be a new alternative method to decontaminate space vehicles for exploration to moons or Mars. I will present an overview on the three main topics of our research: complex plasma on the ISS, application of CAP on ground in plasma medicine and hygiene and back to space with the application of the decontamination of space equipment. Figures: (left) complex plasma under microgravity conditions from the last experiment performed by (middle) cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov in June 2013. (right) CAP treatment of wounds in a clinical study.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/94980/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Complex plasma physics on the ISS�and its application in plasma medicine and hygiene
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Thomas, HubertusDLR Research Group Complex Plasma, OberpfaffenhofenUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Complex Plasma, Microgravity Research, International Space Station, Plasma Medicine
Event Title:Institutsseminar
Event Location:Köln
Event Type:Other
Event Dates:25.2.2014
Organizer:DLR-Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrtmedizin
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Komplexe Plasmen / Zero gravity
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Research Group Complex Plasma
Deposited By: Thomas, Dr. Hubertus M.
Deposited On:23 Feb 2015 16:04
Last Modified:23 Feb 2015 16:04

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Help & Contact
electronic library is running on EPrints 3.3.12
Copyright © 2008-2017 German Aerospace Center (DLR). All rights reserved.