Symposium BM06—Plasma Processing and Monitoring for Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
In recent years, non-thermal plasma technologies have been intensively applied not only to material processing, but also to several bioengineering and biomedical fields, including environmental applications, biotechnology, agriculture, and pharmaceutical production. Sterilization and wound treatment were among the initial medical applications of atmospheric pressure, low temperature plasmas. Within a few years, this application expanded into cancer therapy, gene transfection, and regenerative medicine, among others. For environmental control, the use of plasma has been proposed, e.g. for heat-sensitive medical instruments, for water treatment and to sterilize spacecraft. In agriculture and fishing industries, plasma technology is emerging as a strong tool for food preservation, seed disinfection, seed germination promotion and to promote the growth of plants.
The above-mentioned studies involve plasma applied to biological materials. We anticipate that a completely new plasma processing technology will emerge from these studies. Development of novel material modification or treatment technologies using plasma will be accelerated by the interdisciplinary study of biology, biochemistry, medicine, veterinary science, pharmacology, agriculture, science of fisheries, and sustainable engineering.
This symposium focuses on new research topics described above. In addition, a study for safety of plasma treatment (e.g. understanding DNA damage) and regulatory science such as international standardization for plasma medicine will be presented. Furthermore, novel diagnostic methods utilizing plasma processing will also be discussed, such as fabrication of bio-sensors and imaging devices.