Short pulse electric field sterilization of liquid media

D. Wetz, K. Truman, J. Dickens, J. Mankowski, A. Neuber

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In recent years, researchers have investigated methods of liquid sterilization by applying pulsed high electric fields with some degree of success 1-2. The mechanism by which microorganisms are damaged has been shown to be a function of the local electric field and exposure time while independent from thermal and electrolytic effects from the applied pulse. Most published experiments have employed electrical pulses of 10's of kV and microsecond long pulse lengths. We are employing electrical pulses in the 100's of kV range with 100 nanosecond long pulse lengths. This type pulse should be more effective at killing microorganisms and minimize energy losses due to thermal processes in the liquid media.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2003
Event14th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2003Jun 18 2003


Conference14th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX


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