Preparation of Sulfonamide Containing Cellulose Based Sorbent for Removal of Mercury Ions

Cekli S., YAVUZ E. , Şenkal B. F.

SEPARATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.47, no.9, pp.1350-1355, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01496395.2012.672529
  • Page Numbers: pp.1350-1355


A new sulfonamide containing cellulose based sorbent was prepared in three steps; poly (acrylonitrile) (PAN) grafting onto cellulose by redox polymerization method, amination of PAN grafted cellulose with ethylenediamine, and sulfamidation with benzene sulfonyl chloride. The resulting polymeric sorbent, which had a sulfonamide content of 3.4 mmol/g, was effective for the removal of mercury ions from aqueous solutions. The mercury sorption capacity of the sorbent is around 1.95 mmol/g under non-buffered conditions. The experiments performed under identical conditions with some metal ions reveal that Cd(II), Mg (II), Zn(II), and Fe(III) ions are also extractable in low quantity (0.02-0.46 mmol/g). The sorbed mercury can be eluted by repeated treatment with hot acetic acid.