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This work is focused on the experimental evaluation and mathematical modeling of ion exchange expanded-bed chromatography for the purification of C-phycocyanin from crude fermentative broth containing Spirulina platensis cells. Experiments were carried out in different expansion degree to evaluate the process performance. The experimental breakthrough curves were used to estimate the mass transfer and kinetics parameters of the proposed model, using the Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm (PSO). The proposed model satisfactorily fitted the experimental data. The results from the model application pointed out that the increase in the initial bed height does not influence the process efficiency, however enables the operation of expanded-bed column at high volumetric flow rates, improving the productivity. It was also shown that the use of mathematical modeling was a good and promising tool for the optimization of chromatographic processes. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Caroline Costa Moraes, Marcio A Mazutti, Francisco Maugeri, Susana Juliano Kalil. Modeling of ion exchange expanded-bed chromatography for the purification of C-phycocyanin. Journal of chromatography. A. 2013 Mar 15;1281:73-8

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