Plasma Applications for the Developing World

We believe that one promising application of plasma medicine is the use of plasmas in the developing world. It represents a cheap, simple, and effective strategy for infection control that requires only air, electricity, and water to achieve useful biological effects. Research in the Graves lab into the developing-world applications of low-temperature plasma focuses on designing and testing devices that are suitable for frugal disinfection in low-resource settings.

Currently, our research focuses on designing and characterizing prototype devices and power supplies. We are developing two devices, the "NOx Box" for decontaminating surfaces, and the "O-2ube" for disinfecting drinking water. In April 2013, Matt Pavlovich and Connor Galleher presented the concept of frugal plasma for sustainable disinfection to the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, where they discussed the project with President Bill Clinton, world leaders in global health, and student project teams from across the country.

For more information, visit the Plasmachine project website, and read 2011 press releases from the IOP and Berkeley's Media Relations.