In this study, iron-chelated poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-N-methacryloyl-(L)-glutamic acid) (PHEMAGA/Fe3+) cryogel discs were prepared. The PHEMAGA/Fe3+ cryogel discs were characterized by elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, swelling tests, and surface area measurements. The PHEMAGA/Fe3+ cryogel discs had large pores ranging from 10 to 100 mu m with a swelling degree of 9.36 g H2O/g cryogel. Effects of pH, temperature, initial catalase concentration, and flow rate on adsorption capacity of the PHEMAGA/Fe3+ cryogel discs were investigated. Maximum catalase adsorption capacity (62.6 mg/g) was obtained at pH 7.0, 25 degrees C, and 3 mg/ml initial catalase concentration. The PHEMAGA/Fe3+ cryogel discs were also tested for the purification of catalase from rat liver. After tissue homogenization, purification of catalase was performed using the PHEMAGA/Fe3+ cryogel discs and catalase was obtained with a yield of 54.34 and 16.67 purification fold.