Antifoam fouling and its reduction by surfactant precoat treatment of polysulphone ultrafilter

Research paper by Kazuaki Yamagiwa, Hiroe Kobayashi, Masayuki Onodera, Akira Ohkawa

Indexed on: 01 Apr '94Published on: 01 Apr '94Published in: Biotechnology Techniques


Precoat treatment of polysulphone membranes with non-ionic surfactant BRIJ 58 was effective in decreasing antifoam fouling in ultrafiltration of five model process streams such as fermentation media, broth and yeast suspension. The mean flux increase of about 90 % was achieved by the surfactant pretreatment.