Expanded perlite-based novel adsorbents for boron adsorption were evaluated by the modification with hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HDTMA) and gallic acid (GA). The samples were characterized by XRD, SEM and FTIR analysis. The adsorption of boron was examined at different HDTMA/GA concentrations, solution pH, initial concentration, temperature and contact time. Inert electrolyte effect on boron adsorption was also investigated. The optimum pH was found between pH 7-9. At the optimum pH level, boron adsorption capacities of HDTMA-perlite and GA-perlite were calculated as 833 mg/g and 2500 mg/g, respectively. The adsorption kinetic data was best described by pseudo second-order kinetic model for both HDTMA-perlite and GAperlite samples. The adsorption process was found to be endothermic, and positive entropy values the increase of randomness at solid/liquid interface. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.