Disinfection based on ultraviolet-c radiation: a bibliometric study in the international context





Ultraviolet rays; Disinfection; Decontamination; Sterilization; Bibliometrics.


Objective: To identify and analyze scientific production on the use of ultraviolet-C rays for disinfection, decontamination and sterilization, to publish journal articles from 2014 to 2018. Method: Exploratory research with a qualitative and quantitative approach. A survey was conducted in the Web of Science database. Results: 230 scientific articles were retrieved, 2018 had the largest number of articles (29%). United States of America (28%) is the country that generates the most publications making the English language (98%) the most recurrent. The mapping of the distribution of periodical articles showed that 16 (15%) journals concentrated on the publication of 99 (43%) articles. The average evaluation of the applications of ultraviolet-C radiation pointed to the predominance of the use of technology in food (32%) and bacteria (53%) in relation to the survey of microorganisms. Conclusion: Publications on the use of ultraviolet-C technology point to its diversity of application, being used in different filters, such as the food industry and hospital environments.

Author Biographies

Jackeline Franco Couto, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Doutora em Ciências pela Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro- UNIRIO

Maguel Souza da Silva, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Bibliotecária da Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro- UNIRIO

Wiliam César Alves Machado, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Professor Adjunto da Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro-UNIRIO

Maria Antonieta Rúbio Tyrrel, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Professora Titular da EEAN.

Fellipe Franco Couto, Minerva Schools at KGI

Graduando em Ciências da Computação e Negócios.

Márcia Adriana Silva Nunes, Laboratório Central de Saúde Pública Noel Nutels

Bióloga e Coordenadora do Setor de  Microbiologia

Nébia Maria Almeida de Figueiredo, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Professora Emérita da EEAP e Orientadora.


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How to Cite

COUTO, J. F.; SILVA, M. S. da; MACHADO, W. C. A.; TYRREL, M. A. R. .; COUTO, F. F.; NUNES, M. A. S. .; FIGUEIREDO, N. M. . A. de. Disinfection based on ultraviolet-c radiation: a bibliometric study in the international context. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 10, n. 1, p. e46910111785, 2021. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v10i1.11785. Disponível em: https://rsdjournal.org/index.php/rsd/article/view/11785. Acesso em: 28 feb. 2021.



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