Special Issue "Application of Advanced Membrane Materials in Bioseparation"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Membrane Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2023 | Viewed by 881

Special Issue Editors

Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Interests: electrospinning; membranes; nanotechnology; materials characterization
Department of Chemical Engineering, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Interests: process intensification and integration for designing energy-efficient hybrid membrane systems; transport modeling and process simulation in the areas of resource recovery; bioseparation and chemical sensing
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Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216, Australia
Interests: nanostructured membranes; porous materials; membrane characterization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue on “Application of Advanced Membrane Materials in Bioseparation” will critically discuss membrane technology for bioseparation and purification in terms of recent advancements. Topics will range from innovations in membrane manufacturing, membrane properties, and surface functionality to the influence of operating parameters on the performance of membrane materials. Membrane bioseparation has been widely used as an effective and reliable method for the separation and purification of bioproducts such as enzymes, proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids. The bases of separation used in the membrane bioseparation process include size, diffusivity, polarity, electrostatic charge, and volatility. Membrane bioseparation technology must combine high selectivity and throughput (productivity). This Special Issue will focus on the connection between advanced membrane materials and their applications in membrane bioseparation. We invite researchers to contribute their original and high-quality research papers and/or review articles, which will inspire advances in the design of advanced functional membranes for bioseparation. The scope includes, but is not limited to:

  • Membrane chromatography;
  • Biocatalytic membranes;
  • Nonwoven membranes for bioseparation;
  • Ion exchange membrane chromatography;
  • Affinity nanofibrous chromatographic membranes;
  • Downstream bioprocessing;
  • Protein purification;
  • Flow dynamics;
  • Process modelling for membrane chromatography;
  • CFD modelling;
  • Molecular simulations;
  • Natural polymeric adsorbents;
  • Inorganic fibrous adsorbents;
  • Synthetic polymeric adsorbents;
  • Fiber-based protein adsorbents;
  • Surface functionalization;
  • Composite nanofiber membranes.

Dr. Riyadh Al-Attabi
Dr. Xing Yang
Prof. Dr. Lingxue Kong
Guest Editors

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  • membrane chromatography
  • biocatalytic membranes
  • nonwoven membranes for bioseparation
  • ion exchange membrane chromatography
  • affinity nanofibrous chromatographic membranes
  • downstream bioprocessing
  • protein purification
  • flow dynamics
  • process modelling for membrane chromatography
  • CFD modelling
  • molecular simulations
  • natural polymeric adsorbents
  • inorganic fibrous adsorbents
  • synthetic polymeric adsorbents
  • fiber-based protein adsorbents
  • surface functionalization
  • composite nanofiber membranes

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Scalability of Sartobind® Rapid A Membrane for High Productivity Monoclonal Antibody Capture
Membranes 2023, 13(10), 815; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes13100815 - 27 Sep 2023
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Improved upstream titres in therapeutic monoclonal antibody (mAb) production have shifted capacity constraints to the downstream process. The consideration of membrane-based chromatographic devices as a debottlenecking option is gaining increasing attention with the recent introduction of high-capacity bind and elute membranes. We have [...] Read more.
Improved upstream titres in therapeutic monoclonal antibody (mAb) production have shifted capacity constraints to the downstream process. The consideration of membrane-based chromatographic devices as a debottlenecking option is gaining increasing attention with the recent introduction of high-capacity bind and elute membranes. We have evaluated the performance and scalability of the Sartobind® Rapid A affinity membrane (1 mL) for high-productivity mAb capture. For scalability assessment, a 75 mL prototype device was used to process 100 L of clarified cell culture harvest (CH) on a novel multi-use rapid cycling chromatography system (MU-RCC). MabSelect™ PrismA (4.7 mL) was used as a benchmark comparator for Protein A (ProtA) resin studies. Results show that in addition to a productivity gain of >10×, process and product quality attributes were either improved or comparable to the benchmark. Concentrations of eluate pools were 7.5× less than that of the benchmark, with the comparatively higher bulk volume likely to cause handling challenges at process scale. The MU-RCC system is capable of membrane operation at pilot scale with comparable product quality profile to the 1 mL device. The Sartobind® Rapid A membrane is a scalable alternative to conventional ProtA resin chromatography for the isolation and purification of mAbs from harvested cell culture media. Full article
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