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Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering

versão impressa ISSN 0104-6632versão On-line ISSN 1678-4383

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FARIA, L.F.F.; DI LUCCIO, M.; NOBREGA, R.  e  BORGES, C.P.. Development and characterization of microfiltration hollow-fiber modules for sterilization of fermentation media. Braz. J. Chem. Eng. [online]. 2002, vol.19, n.2, pp.141-150. ISSN 0104-6632.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-66322002000200009.

Sterilization of fermentation medium involving heat may result in undesirable chemical reactions that alter nutrient concentration and yield products, which interfere in the fermentation performance. Sterilization of heat-sensitive compounds usually involves separate sterilizations of carbon source and nutrient solution. Membrane separation processes are an alternative to thermal processes, as they have many advantages such as the possibility of continuous and modular operation and the use of moderate temperatures. In this context, the objective of this work was the preparation of hollow-fiber membranes and the design of modules suitable for continuous sterilization of fermentation medium. The membrane with the best performance had a maximum pore diameter of 0.2 m m and a permeability of 42.9 L/m2.bar.h for a glucose/peptone/yeast extract medium. A module with 0.26 m2 of permeation area was built with these membranes. This module was able to provide a permeate flow rate of 2.2 L/h using a pressure difference of 0.2 bar. The collected permeate was completely sterile, thus confirming the efficiency of this process.

Palavras-chave : sterilization; membrane processes; microfiltration; fermentation.

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