Membrane Technology in Bioprocess Engineering

  • Randeep SinghEmail author
  • K. V. V. Satyannarayana
  • R. Vinoth Kumar
  • I. Ganesh Moorthy
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 104)


This chapter discusses about the role of membrane processes, namely, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis in the field of bioprocess engineering. Membrane processes are widely accepted and used techniques in separation and filtration applications because of their unique and beneficial properties, such as low cost, environment friendliness, ease to scale up, ease to integrate with other processes, and compactness. Therefore, their use and implementation in various fields of bioprocess engineering helps in saving a lot of energy and resources. The basic concept and fundamentals along with the classification of different types of membranes and membrane systems are explained with suitable examples. The important applications of membrane technology in various fields of bioprocess engineering, such as food, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, are also discussed along with their advantages over other conventional separation techniques. The main applications where membrane processes proved their worth are virus purification, sterilization of heat labile products, concentration of food and dairy products, separation and filtration of racemic and azeotropic mixtures, fruit juice clarification, and beer and wine production. Hence, this chapter provides complete details about the importance, applications, and benefits of membrane technology in the field of bioprocess engineering.


Bioprocess engineering Membrane separation processes Membrane systems Membrane technology Separation and filtration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Randeep Singh
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • K. V. V. Satyannarayana
    • 3
  • R. Vinoth Kumar
    • 3
  • I. Ganesh Moorthy
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Environmental Engineering and ManagementNational Taipei University of TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology GuwahatiGuwahatiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Chemical EngineeringNational Institute of Technology Andhra PradeshTadepalligudemIndia
  4. 4.Department of BiotechnologyKamaraj College of Engineering and TechnologyVirudhunagarIndia

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