Effect of high-energy radiation and alkali treatment on the properties of cellulose

Cs M. Földváry, E. Takács, L. Wojnárovits

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The effect of the treatment with NaOH or tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide solutions on preirradiated cotton-cellulose was investigated. Both the radiation and the treatment with alkali solutions caused loss of weight in cellulose; however, there was a synergism, a high weight loss was observed during alkali treatment of preirradiated samples. The radiation caused scissions of the cellulose chains and during the treatment with aqueous alkaline solutions some smaller fragments dissolved, resulting in a strong absorbance of the solutions with maximum at around 268nm. It was attributed to the absorbance of aldehyde/keto groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-508
Number of pages4
JournalRadiation Physics and Chemistry
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2003



  • Cellulose powder
  • Cotton-cellulose
  • Loss of mass
  • Radiation degradation
  • UV spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation

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