Chemical Engineering Research & Design, Vol.89, No.2A, 156-163, 2011
Modeling of the alpha-lactalbumin and beta-lactoglobulin protein separation
This work used the General Rate Model (GRM) to evaluate the experimental data of alpha-lactalbumin (alpha-la) and beta-lactoglobulin (beta-lg) mass transfer using size exclusion chromatography (SEC). The chromatographic simulation has become necessary in large scale production processes. Mathematical models have been used for the optimization and control of different operating conditions of the process, as well as providing calculations for the process scale-up. For the SEC experiments, the aqueous biphasic system was composed of polyethylene glycol 1500 g/mol, potassium phosphate and whey protein isolate. The polymeric phase was enriched with a-la and the saline phase with beta-lg. The experiments were conducted using a glass column packed with the Sephadex G-25 (R) gel. Both proteins were quantified by reverse phase liquid chromatography. The experimental data were fitted by non-linear regression, using the successive quadratic programming algorithm. The mass transfer model utilized represented adequately the SEC experimental results. (C) 2010 The Institution of Chemical Engineers. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.