Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 103, Issue 6, pp 2833–2843 | Cite as

Algal sorbent derived from Sargassum horneri for adsorption of cesium and strontium ions: equilibrium, kinetics, and mass transfer

  • Yuming Hu
  • Xuan Guo
  • Can Chen
  • Jianlong WangEmail author
Environmental biotechnology


An algal sorbent derived from Sargassum horneri was prepared and used to adsorb cesium and strontium ions from aqueous solution. The phenomenological mathematical models associated to the predicted equilibrium isotherms were developed to determine the rate-limiting steps of the adsorption process. The maximum adsorption capacity of cesium ion and strontium ion was calculated to be 0.358 and 1.72 mmol g−1, respectively. The adsorption kinetics followed to the pseudo-second-order equation. It was found that adsorption of cesium or strontium ions onto the active sites of the biosorbent was the rate-limiting step. In addition, the external mass transfer and the internal mass transfer cannot be neglected for the adsorption of strontium ion based on the error analysis. The functional groups relevant to the adsorption were carboxyl and sulfate groups.


Algal sorbent Biosorption Kinetic model Mass transfer 



The research was supported by the National Key Research and Development Program (2016YFC1402507) and the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (IRT-13026). The authors would like to thank Dr. T. F. Shan (Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences) for kindly providing the dry seaweed materials.

Compliance with ethical standards

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Technology, INETTsinghua UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Beijing Key Laboratory of Radioactive Wastes TreatmentTsinghua UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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