Uncovering the Effects of PEG Porogen Molecular Weight and Concentration on Ultrafiltration Membrane Properties and Protein Purification Performance

Developing ultrafiltration (UF) membranes for protein purification requires a critical understanding of the pore engineering and active-layer morphological control. In this study, we systematically explored the use of polyethylene glycol (PEG) with molecular weights (MW, 600–6000 g⋅mol−1) and concentration (3–7.5 wt%) as a pore modifier to prepare polyvinyl difluoride (PVDF) membranes via the non-solvent phase-inversion process. The membranes demonstrated a high degree of control of the structure-property-performance relationship for improving the water flux, bovine serum albumin (BSA) rejection and antifouling properties.
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