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Translation of plasma technology from the lab to the food industry

Cullen, P.J.; Lalor, James; Scally, Laurence; Boehm, Daniela; Milosavljevi?, Vladimir; Bourke, Paula; Keener, Kevin


P.J. Cullen

James Lalor

Laurence Scally

Daniela Boehm

Vladimir Milosavljevi?

Paula Bourke

Kevin Keener


The potential of cold plasma as a food processing aid has been demonstrated for a range of processes and products. The potential applications of plasma technology are extensive and include: microbial decontamination, pest control, toxin elimination, food and package functionalisation and many others. However, studies reported to date have principally been at laboratory scale. This paper discusses the status and challenges of transferring the technology to the industry. The major challenges discussed for adoption of atmospheric plasma as a food processing tool by industry are: 1) demonstration of product/process specific efficacies; 2) development of process compatible technology designs and scale-up; 3) effective process control and validation; 4) regulatory approval and 5) consumer acceptance.


Cullen, P., Lalor, J., Scally, L., Boehm, D., Milosavljevi?, V., Bourke, P., & Keener, K. (2018). Translation of plasma technology from the lab to the food industry. Plasma Processes and Polymers, 15(2), Article 1700085.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 27, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 23, 2017
Publication Date Feb 28, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 8, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 8, 2017
Journal Plasma Processes and Polymers
Print ISSN 1612-8850
Electronic ISSN 1612-8869
Publisher Wiley-VCH Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 2
Article Number 1700085
Keywords Atmospheric pressure glow discharges (APGD); biomaterials; dielectric barrier discharges (DBD); food packaging; non-thermal plasma
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Additional Information This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Cullen PJ, Lalor J, Scally L, et al. Translation of plasma technology from the lab to the food industry. Plasma Process Polym. 2017;e1700085, , which has
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