Affinity dye-ligand Cibacron Blue F3GA, was covalently coupled with poly(EGDMA-HEMA) microbeads via nucleophilic reaction between the chloride of its triazine ring and the hydroxyl groups of the HEMA under alkaline conditions. The microbeads carrying 16.5 mu mol Cibacron Blue F3GA per gram polymer was incorporated with Zn(II) ions. Zn(II) loading was 189.6 mu mol/g. Cibacron Blue F3GA-Zn(II) attached affinity sorbent was used for albumin adsorption from aqueous solutions and human plasma in a packed-bed column. BSA adsorption capacity of the microbeads decreased with an increase in the recirculation rate. High adsorption rates were observed at the beginning, then equilibrium was gradually achieved in about 60 min. The BSA concentration in the mobile phase also effected adsorption. BSA adsorption was first increased with BSA concentration, then reached a plateau which was about 128 mg BSA/g. The maximum adsorption was observed at pH 5.0 which is the isoelectric pH of BSA. Higher human serum albumin adsorption was observed from human plasma (215 mg HSA/g). High desorption ratios lover 90% of the adsorbed albumin) were achieved by using 1.0 M NaSCN (pH 8.0) in 30 min. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.