, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 2627–2638 | Cite as

A green and simple method for preparation of an efficient palladium adsorbent based on cysteine functionalized 2,3-dialdehyde cellulose

Original Paper


A green and efficient adsorbent for adsorption of palladium ions was prepared from 2,3-dialdehyde cellulose (DAC) originating from nanocellulose from the green algae Cladophora. The DAC was functionalized with cysteine via reductive amination in a convenient one-pot procedure to provide the adsorbent. The adsorption properties for adsorbing palladium(II) ions, including capacity, adsorption isotherm and kinetics, were studied. The successful reductive amination of cysteine with 2,3-dialdehyde cellulose was confirmed by FT-IR, elemental analysis and XPS. The adsorbent was characterized by SEM, XRD, gas adsorption and TGA. The adsorbent had a high adsorption capacity (130 mg palladium per gram adsorbent) and enabled fast adsorption of palladium(II) ions from solution (80 % of maximum capacity reached in 2 h). Adsorbent materials suitable for both filters (fibrous) and column matrixes (spherical particles) could be obtained in an efficient manner by controlling the degree of oxidation while producing the DAC material.


2,3-dialdehyde cellulose Palladium adsorption Cellulose beads Nanocellulose 



Ollie and Elof Ericsson´s Foundation as well as the Bo Rydin Foundation are gratefully acknowledged for their financial support. Changqing Ruan thanks the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Department of Engineering SciencesUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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