Plasma cell treatment device Plasma-on-Chip: Monitoring plasma-generated reactive species in microwells

Oh, JS; Kojima, S; Sasaki, M; Hatta, A; Kumagai, S

Hatta, A (reprint author), Kochi Univ Technol, Dept Elect & Photon Syst Engn, Kami, Kochi 7828502, Japan.; Hatta, A (reprint author), Kochi Univ Technol, Res Inst, Ctr Nanotechnol, Kami, Kochi 7828502, Japan.; Kumagai, S (reprint author), Toyota Technol I



We have developed a plasma cell treatment device called Plasma-on-Chip that enables the real-time monitoring of a single cell culture during plasma treatment. The device consists of three parts: 1) microwells for cell culture, 2) a microplasma device for generating reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) for use in cell treatment, and 3) through-holes (microchannels) that connect each microwell with the microplasma region for RONS delivery. Here, we analysed the delivery of the RONS to the liquid culture medium stored in the microwells. We developed a simple experimental set-up using a microdevice and applied in situ ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy with high sensitivity for detecting RONS in liquid. The plasma-generated RONS were delivered into the liquid culture medium via the through-holes fabricated into the microdevice. The RONS concentrations were on the order of 10-100 mu M depending on the size of the through-holes. In contrast, we found that the amount of dissolved oxygen was almost constant. To investigate the process of RONS generation, we numerically analysed the gas flow in the through-holes. We suggest that the circulating gas flow in the throughholes promotes the interaction between the plasma (ionised gas) and the liquid, resulting in enhanced RONS concentrations.

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