Implantation of silver particles in porous ceramic via atmospheric pressure plasma jet system for the antimicrobial treatment of rainwater

  • Astrid Jireh Deang Department of Physical Sciences, University of the Philippines Baguio
  • Giovanni Malapit Department of Physical Sciences, University of the Philippines Baguio
  • Ivan Culaba Department of Physical Sciences, University of the Philippines Baguio
Keywords: atmospheric pressure plasma jet, HPC, mullite, plasma

Abstract

Argon plasma was generated using an atmospheric pressure plasma jet system to sputter silver ions for mullite coating. Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) was used to determine the dominant species in the plasma together with the calculation of electron temperature at 1.6873 eV, verifying the generation of cold plasma. X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) result reveals the presence of silver particles in the treated ceramic sample. Using this sample, rainwater was filtered for bacterial testing confirming initial probable antibacterial activity. The heterotrophic plate count (HPC) of the rainwater filtered with the treated ceramic was lessened up to 51% compared to the control sample.

Published
2017-05-25