BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS SEPARATION BY CONDUCTIVE MEMBRANES

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
13874
Agency Tracking Number:
13874
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
85 Rangeway Rd Bldg #1, N Billerica, MA, 01862
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Ih-houng Loh
(508) 663-7652
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY FOR BIOSEPARATION HAS EVOLVED RAPIDLY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW POLYMERIC MATERIALS AND HIGHLY ASYMMETRIC MEMBRANES ARE TWO OF THE MAJOR REASONS FOR THIS EVOLUTION. DESPITE THESE ADVANCES, HOWEVER, THE USE OF MEMBRANE-BASED PROCESSES FOR BIOSEPARATIONS IS STILL LIMITED BY BOTH MEMBRANE FOULING AND GEL FORMATION DUE TO PROTEIN ADSORPTION. THESE PROBLEMSSEVERELY LIMIT THE EFFICIENCY OF MEMBRANE FILTRATION PROCESSES FOR CONCENTRATING PRODUCTS AND VIRTUALLY DISALLOW THE USE OF MEMBRANES FOR MORE SOPHISTICATED SEPARATIONS SUCH AS SIZE SELECTIVE FRACTION AND BIOSPECIFIC SORPTION. RECENT REPORTS ON THE INVESTIGATION OF FORMULATING CONDUCTIVE MEMBRANES FOR THE PREPARATION OF AN ELECTRIC POTENTIAL BARRIER TO CONTROL PERMEATION OF THE CHARGED SPECIES HAVE BROADENED POTENTIAL SEPARATION PROCESSES. IN THIS PROJECT, INNOVATIVE NEW TECHNOLOGICAL APPROACHES FOR ENHANCING THE PURIFICATION OF BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS WILL BE DESCRIBED. THE OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF CONDUCTIVE, ELECTRICALLY CHARGED MEMBRANES WILL BE COMPARED TO STANDARD, NONCONDUCTIVE MEMBRANES TO DETERMINE CHANGES IN APPARENT PORE SIZE, RETENTION CHARACTERISTICS, AND THROUGHPUT RATES. ADDITIONAL STUDIES OF THE EFFECTS OF CONDUCTIVE MEMBRANE SEPARATION ON MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES AS WELL AS CELL VIABILITY FOR BOTH MAMMALIAN AND NONMAMMALIAN CELLS WILL BE INITIATED.

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