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|Title:||Synthesis and Characterization of Environment-Responsive Membranes for Bioseparations|
|Other Titles:||Environment-Responsive Membranes for Bioseparations|
|Abstract:||Environment-responsive membranes were created by modification of a commerical polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane support with a thermo-responsive hydrogel composed of poly N-vinyllactams cross-linked with bisacrylamide. The modified membranes were then characterized by their percentage mass gains as well as by their valve effect in response to changes in salt concentration. One set of membranes, with a large valve effect, was selected for highest retention of intermediately sized proteins was examined for ultrafiltration-based protein separation applications. A batch separation protocol featuring pulsed sample injection technique (PSIT) was then used to sieve single proteins and to fractionate a synthetic binary protein mixture and a synthetic ternary protein mixture with some success, demonstrating the potential of these environment-responsive membranes for use in multi-component separations. A second set of membranes, with a small valve effect, was selected for its ability to alter between hydrophobic and hydrophilic states under different environmental conditions and its potential in hydrophobic interaction membrane chromatography (HIMC) applications was successfully demonstrated by comparing against a benchmark membrane that is used successfully for HIMC applications in prior literature.|
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