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Plasma Medicine
SJR: 0.278 SNIP: 0.183 CiteScore™: 0.57

ISSN Imprimir: 1947-5764
ISSN En Línea: 1947-5772

Plasma Medicine

DOI: 10.1615/PlasmaMed.2017019456
pages 245-260

Plasma Medicine Research in Costa Rica: Overview of First Steps

Laura Barillas
Plasma Laboratory for Fusion Energy and Applications, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica; School of Electromechanical Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Jose Asenjo
Plasma Laboratory for Fusion Energy and Applications, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Erika Alfaro-Mayorga
Faculty of Dentistry, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
Maria Ines Chaves-Rodriguez
School of Biology and Biotechnology Research Center, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Stephen James Petretti
Plasma Laboratory for Fusion Energy and Applications, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Dayanna Méndez
Plasma Laboratory for Fusion Energy and Applications, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Jaime Mora
Plasma Laboratory for Fusion Energy and Applications, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Isaac Porras-Navarro
Plasma Laboratory for Fusion Energy and Applications, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Miguel Rojas-Chaves
School of Biology and Biotechnology Research Center, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Victor Ivan Vargas
Plasma Laboratory for Fusion Energy and Applications, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Cartego, Costa Rica
Isaac Felipe Céspedes-Camacho
School of Chemistry, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica

SINOPSIS

In the last decade, the various challenges, novelty, and potential of the emerging field of plasma medicine have caught the attention of several plasma physics and engineering groups, companies, and governments around the world. Among them, in 2013, the Plasma Laboratory for Fusion Energy and Applications of the Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica (Costa Rica Institute of Technology, TEC) started its first steps on this novel field motivated by numerous reasons, including the declaration of national interest in the field of plasma physics and applications given by the government of the Republic of Costa Rica. The present work briefly describes the first steps in Costa Rica's plasma medicine projects, which include plasma sterilization, antibacterial textiles, cell viability by atmospheric pressure non-equilibrium plasma (APNP), bioactive and antibacterial plasma-sprayed coatings, and atmospheric pressure plasma applications in dentistry.