Removal of Mn (II) by Sodium Alginate/Graphene Oxide Composite Double-Network Hydrogel Beads from Aqueous Solutions

Yang Xiuzhen, Zhou Tengzhi, Bozhi Ren, Andrew Hursthouse, Yuezhou Zhang

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After the successful preparation of empirical double network hydrogel beads from graphene oxide/sodium alginate(GO/SA), its cationic metal adsorption performance in aqueous solutions were investigated. Taking Mn(II) as an example, the contribution of several factors including pH, bead dosage, temperature, contact time and initial concentration ions to adsorption efficiency were examined. The Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) results indicate that the GO/SA double (GAD) network hydrogel bead strongly interpenetrate and the adsorption of Mn(II) is mainly influenced by solution pH, bead dose and temperature. The GAD beads exhibit an excellent adsorption capacity of 56.49 mg g−1. The adsorption process fit both Pseudo-second order kinetic model (R2 > 0.97) and the Freundlich adsorption isotherm (R2 > 0.99) and is spontaneous. After seven rounds of adsorption desorption cycle, the adsorption capacity of GAD hydrogel remained unchanged at 18.11 mg/g.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10717
Number of pages16
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2018



  • Alginate
  • Graphene oxide
  • Mn removal
  • water pollution

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