Characterization data of cellulose modified by gamma irradiation to be used as template in the synthesis of a photoactive composite for environmental applications

Data Brief. 2022 May 15:42:108277. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2022.108277. eCollection 2022 Jun.


The following data provide evidence of the green functionalization process of a cellulose substrate by gamma radiation to be used as template in the preparation of photocatalyst composites. Functionalized cellulose, by gamma radiation treatment, improved its stability in water and exhibited a reduced size. Our data showed an intensification of carbonyl groups signal and a decrease in the thermal stability of the cellulose as result of the gamma radiation dose. Infrared and thermal data of the treated cellulose provide evidence of bond scission and the formation of functional groups that improved it is application as template. Finally, the conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) was deposited on the gamma irradiated cellulose to be used as photo-catalyze in the treatment of contaminated water with pharmaceutical compounds.

Keywords: Functionalized cellulose; Gamma irradiation; Photoactive composite; Photocalyst.