Mercury removal from synthetic solutions using poly (2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) gel beads modified with poly (ethyleneimine)

Denizli A., Senel S., Alsancak G., Tuzmen N., Say R.

REACTIVE & FUNCTIONAL POLYMERS, vol.55, no.2, pp.121-130, 2003 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s1381-5148(02)00221-3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.121-130
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


In this study. the Hg2+ adsorption-desorption properties of poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI)-attached poly(2-hydroxyethylmethacry late) (PHEMA) beads were investigated. Spherical PHEMA beads with an average size of 150-200 mum were obtained by suspension polymerization of 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate conducted in an aqueous dispersion medium. Owing to the reasonably rough character of the bead surface, PHEMA beads had a specific surface area of 14.8 m(2)/g. PEI chains could be covalently attached onto the PHEMA beads with equilibrium binding capacities up to 50 mg PEI/g beads. PEI-attached PHEMA beads were utilized as adsorbent in the adsorption-desorption of Hg2+ ions from synthetic solutions. The adsorption process was fast; 90% of adsorption occurred within 45 min and equilibrium was reached at around I h. The maximum Hg2+ adsorption capacity obtained was 1.67 mmol/g at a pH of about pH 5.0. Adsorption behavior can be described at least approximately by the Langmuir equation. The metal-chelating beads can be easily regenerated by 0.1 M HNO3 with higher effectiveness. Adsorption of heavy metal ions from artificial wastewater was also studied. The adsorption capacities were 1.32 mmol/g for Hg2+, 0.34 mmol/g for Ni2+ and 0.42 mmol/g for Cu2+. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.