Acrylamide/itaconic acid (AAm/IA) hydrogels prepared by irradiating with gamma radiation were used in experiments on uptake of some cationic dyes such as union green B (UG-B), basic blue 17 (BB-17), basic red 2 (BR-2), and lauths violet (LV). Adsorption of the cationic dyes onto AAm/IA hydrogels is studied by batch adsorption technique at 25 degrees C. In the experiments of the adsorption, Langmiur type adsorption in the Giles classification system was found. Some binding and thermodynamic parameters for AAm/IA hydrogel-dye systems were calculated by using Klotz method. Adsorption studies indicated that monolayer coverages of AAm/IA hydrogel by these dyes were increased with following order BB-17 > UG-B > BR-2 > LV. (C) 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.