Ureasulfonamide polymeric sorbent for selective mercury extraction

Senkal B. F., YAVUZ E.

MONATSHEFTE FUR CHEMIE, vol.137, no.7, pp.929-934, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 137 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00706-006-0494-0
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.929-934
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A new polymeric resin with sulfonamide pendant functions has been prepared for the selective extraction of mercuric ions. This polystyrene sulfonamide urea resin with a 3.5 mmol/g total nitrogen content is able to selectively sorb mercury from aqueous solutions. The mercury sorption capacity of the resin is around 1.60 mmol/g under non-buffered conditions. The experiments performed under identical conditions with some metal ions reveal that Cd(II), Pb(II), Zn(II), and Fe(III) ions are also extractable in low quantity (0.05-0.1 mmol/g). The sorbed mercury can be eluted by repeated treatment with hot acetic acid without hydrolysis of the amide groups.