Special Issue "Membrane Chromatography for Biomolecules Purification"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Cristiana Boi

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering, Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna, via Terracini 34, 40131 Bologna, Italy
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Interests: membrane separation processes, membrane chromatography, mixed matrix membranes, protein purification, bioseparations, ultrafiltration, membrane bioreactors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Adsorptive membranes play an important role in the purification of proteins and biomolecules such as viruses, viral vectors, plasmid DNA, extracellular vesicles, and many others. The concept of membrane chromatography was developed in the 1980s to solve the diffusion limitations of packed-bed chromatography columns. However, because of the limited binding capacity of the membrane support materials, the industrial application of membrane chromatography was not successful. Nowadays, the need to recover valuable biomolecules combined with the discovery of novel and improved membrane materials has fostered an important research effort in this area. Indeed, membrane chromatography is gaining an increasing popularity in the bioprocess industry, especially in polishing step applications for the removal of contaminants, where disposable membrane adsorbers play an important role.

This themed issue aims to collect key contributions to the field and give an overview of novel adsorptive membranes with improved properties and functionalities, new applications, and more efficient module design and mathematical modelling, addressing both fundamental aspects and applied research.

Prof. Cristiana Boi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Membrane chromatography
  • Membrane adsorbers
  • Affinity
  • Ion exchange
  • Hydrophobic interactions
  • Biomolecules
  • Proteins
  • Antibodies
  • Surface modification
  • Mathematical modelling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Performance comparison of a laterally-fed membrane chromatography (LFMC) device with a commercial resin packed column
Author: Raja Ghosh

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