degradation of organic material

Hybrids of Cellulose-TiO2 for Environmental Application

This work is based on the combination of the acid treated-cellulose and chemically adsorbed titanium(IV) oxide on its surface to obtain a hybrid material for application in water treatment to degrade organic compounds. The photocatalytic property was evaluated in the degradation of the methyl orange dye. The photodegradation activity was higher using the hybrid obtained from the cellulose whose hydrolysis was conducted at higher acid concentration, which resulted in smaller fiber diameter, as suggested by scanning electron microscopy.