The Institute of Optics

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Research in Progress Seminars: “The Science of Ultrathin Membrane Separations”

Karl Smith, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of Rochester

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
8:30 a.m.
Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall 101

Abstract

Nanoporous Silicon Nanomembranes (NPN) are one of a class of emerging ultrathin membrane technologies with direct application to therapeutic biotech separations. Because of the molecular thinness of these membranes, these nanomembranes enjoy tight separation cutoffs (i.e. they are able to distinguish between molecules differing only 5-10 nm in size) and remarkably high hydraulic permeabilities. We present a model for determining the sieving coefficient for charged particles moving through a charged membrane in a weak salt solution, and detail several ways to experimentally diminish the effect of membrane clogging.

Location: Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall 101

Refreshments will be served.