What is Plasma?

A Report on Gaseous Plasma for Air Disinfection

by Dr. Kimberly Craford, MD and Robert Lin, EE

Gas Plasmas have existed since the beginning of time - long before the advent of solids or liquids. In fact, 99% of the universe is plasma. When energy is applied to a solid, it becomes a liquid. Apply more energy to a liquid and it becomes a gas. If further energy is applied to a gas, it then becomes plasma. Gas Plasma consists of dissociated molecules, ions, free radicals, and elements of such entities at an elevated state of energy. When matter is described as above, it cannot be truly described as a gas, liquid or solid. It is therefore described as the “fourth state” of matter - plasma. Irving Langmuir was one of the first scientists to work with plasmas and the first to refer to it as "plasma" because of it's similarity to blood plasma.

What is Ultraviolet (UV) Light?

Ultraviolet (UV) light has been used safely for over a century to disinfect drinking water and sterilize air and surfaces. It is invisible to the human eye and is categorized by wavelength into UV-A (blacklights), UV-B (sunburns), and UV-C (germicidal). UV-C radiation is the main type used in UV disinfection technology, and it has been shown to disinfect surfaces, air, and objects and kill bacteria and viruses in seconds. UV-C can be used in numerous disinfection applications from public transport and restaurants to hospitals, schools, and offices. Agencies such as the US EPA, US FDA, US Government, ASHRAE, CIBSE (UK) and ISHRAE (India) all approve UV technologies for disinfection and sanitation applications. UV-C light is powerful enough to penetrate the cell walls of microorganisms and shatter the DNA, making it impossible for them to grow and reproduce. Because of this power, BioZone ensures that all our disinfection products are equipped with safe-guards to prevent human exposure while maintaining powerful germ-fighting capabilities. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) based technologies have advanced considerably over the years. BioZone’s patented high-output UV technology requires low energy consumption and maximizes the useful life of the UV lamps.

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Benefits of UVC Technology

Enjoy breathing the freshest, clean air all the time with UVC generated Cold Plasma. It is proven to have the following benefits:

  • Effective - Reduces viruses from air and on surfaces by 99.9% in less than .44 seconds and removes bacteria from air and room surfaces

  • Healthy - Lowers respiratory illnesses

  • Trusted - An accepted and accredited disinfection solution for over a century

  • Natural - Provide a natural solution to the problem of drug-resistant and chemical-resistant infectious diseases

What is Cold Oxygen Plasma?

Cold Oxygen Plasma is a highly reactive chemical-free product of UVC energized air. It spreads evenly and quickly to destroy odors, bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, and break down unwanted chemicals and compounds. Photoplasma can be found naturally and is often referred to as the “detergent” of the Earth’s atmosphere because of its ability to react with many harmful pollutants. It uses oxygen and water in the air to create a mix of positive and negative ions, hydroxyl radicals, oxygen singlets, and minimal ozone.

What is Photoplasma?

When specific wavelengths of UV light react with the air, it creates purifying plasma. Plasma is the fourth state of matter, energized beyond solid, liquid, or gas. 99% of the matter found in the universe is in a plasma state. Photoplasma effectively reduces bacteria, viruses, mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and unpleasant odors.

What is Photocatalytic Oxidation?

PCO, is an advanced oxidation process that combines the power of UV light and a highly reactive metallic catalyst to accelerate photoreactions. In the PCO process, the UV light’s energy reacts with the catalyst to create an energy gap that is used to generate free radicals, including hydroxyl radicals. The radical species are highly reactive with organic compounds, and quickly and efficiently oxidize odors, bacteria, viruses, and harmful or unwanted chemicals.

Positive and Negative Ions

Positive and Negative Ions occur naturally in the air and are one of nature’s most efficient means of decreasing airborne contamination such as bacteria, viruses, and VOCs, and neutralizing odorous gases and aerosols. Ions are electrically charged particles that have either gained or lost electrons. Negatively charged ions have an excess of electrons which gives them a net negative electric charge. BioZone’s Cold Oxygen Plasma that is generated contain ions to systematically attract multiple compounds in the air and bind them together to increase the yield of destruction of odor molecules, bacteria, viruses, and chemicals. These compounds are also targeted by the other components found in the Cold Oxygen Plasma.

Is this an Ozone generator?

In short - No. While ozone is a powerful oxidant found naturally in the environment. Like photoplasma, it is created by the reaction of oxygen and specific wavelengths of UV light. Widely recognized for its abilities to destroy germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, and micro-contaminants, ozone breaks down unwanted organic compounds including harsh chemicals, yet also has been found to break down plants, furniture, clothes, and is harmful to breathe. Ozone can become an irritant in high concentrations. Biozone's products are specially designed to generate a minimal level of Ozone. Biozone's methodologies are compliant with national and international ozone concentration guidelines. For more than a century, Biozone Products have been used to safely disinfect drinking water, and is approved for multiple foodservice applications by the US FDA. The Cold Oxygen Plasma generated from BioZone units is 200 times more effective than ozone alone, and 1000 times more effective than chlorine. The Plasma Reactor generates the lowest amount of ozone, making it beneficial to breathe and the ideal option for 24/7 protection.