Chelator-mimetic multi-functionalized hydrogel: Highly efficient and reusable sorbent for Cd, Pb, and As removal from waste water Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Elsevier B.V. Medically inspired hydrogels were successfully synthesized by mimicking the structure of current chelating agents. Thioglycolic acid modified polyallylamine (PAAm/TGA) and Dihydroxybenzoic acid-Thioglycolic modified polyallylamine (PAAm/TGA/DHBA) were synthesized following a simple conjugation process. These hydrogels exhibit high affinity, low cost, and high re-usability efficiency. The maximum sorption capacities were significantly higher than those sorbents currently in use. The kinetic study of the hydrogels demonstrated that almost 50% removal occurred in less than 5min. Additionally, the hydrogel exhibited excellent re-usability, maintaining their efficiency in 5 consecutive cycles. These results suggest that these hydrogels can be considered to be potential agents to be used in waste/produced water treatment.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Mohammadi, Z., Shangbin, S., Berkland, C., & Liang, J.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Mohammadi, Zahra||Shangbin, Sun||Berkland, Cory||Liang, Jenn-tai

publication date

  • January 1, 2017 11:11 AM