Bagasse cellulose grafted with an amino-terminated hyperbranched polymer for the removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution

Lu Xia, Zhonghang Huang, Lei Zhong (Corresponding Author), Fengwei Xie (Corresponding Author), Chak Yin Tang, Chi Pong Tsui

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A novel bio-adsorbent was fabricated via grafting an amino-terminated hyperbranched polymer (HBP-NH2) onto bagasse cellulose. The morphology and microstructure of the HBP-NH2-grafted bagasse cellulose (HBP-g-BC) were characterized and its adsorption capacity for Cr(VI) ions in aqueous solutions was investigated. The rough surface structure of HBP-g-BC that is beneficial for improving the adsorption capacity was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The grafting reaction was confirmed by Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The adsorbent performance was shown to be better with a lower pH value, a higher adsorbent dosage, or a higher initial Cr(VI) concentration. Moreover, the kinetics study revealed that the adsorption behavior followed a pseudo-second-order model. The isotherm results showed that the adsorption data could be well-fitted by the Langmuir, Freundlich, or Temkin models. Moreover, HBP-g-BC could maintain 74.4% of the initial removal rate even after five cycles of regeneration. Thus, the high potential of HBP-g-BC as a bio-adsorbent for heavy metal removal has been demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number931
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2018


  • Adsorption capacity
  • Bagasse cellulose
  • Cr(VI) removal
  • Hyperbranched polymer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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