Non-Specific Protein-Membrane Interactions: Adsorption and Fouling

  • Andrew L. Zydney


One of the major factors limiting the development and application of biofunctional membranes is membrane fouling, the irreversible alteration in the membrane caused by specific physical and/or chemical interactions with various components present in the process stream. Fouling can cause dramatic changes in the rate of solute transport through the membrane, potentially destroying the membrane’s ability to function in the particular biomedical device, biosensor, or bioreactor.


Protein Adsorption Hydraulic Resistance Ultrafiltration Membrane Membrane Fouling Flux Decline 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew L. Zydney
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  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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