In-package nonthermal plasma degradation of pesticides on fresh produce

N. N. Misra, S. K. Pankaj, Tony Walsh, Finbarr O'Regan, Paula Bourke, P. J. Cullen*

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In-package nonthermal plasma (NTP) technology is a novel technology for the decontamination of foods and biological materials. This study presents the first report on the potential of the technology for the degradation of pesticide residues on fresh produce. A cocktail of pesticides, namely azoxystrobin, cyprodinil, fludioxonil and pyriproxyfen was tested on strawberries. The concentrations of these pesticides were monitored in priori and post-plasma treatment using GC-MS/MS. An applied voltage and time dependent degradation of the pesticides was observed for treatment voltages of 60, 70 and 80. kV and treatment durations ranging from 1 to 5. min, followed by 24. h in-pack storage. The electrical characterisation revealed the operation of the discharge in a stable filamentary regime. The discharge was found to generate reactive oxygen and excited nitrogen species as observed by optical emission spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Publication statusPublished - 04 Mar 2014


  • Dielectric barrier discharge
  • GC-MS/MS
  • Nonthermal plasma
  • Pesticide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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