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Title: Membrane fouling by lysozyme: effect of local interaction
Authors: Ma, Yunqiao
Zydney, Andrew L.
Chew, Jia Wei
Keywords: Engineering::Chemical engineering
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Ma, Y., Zydney, A. L. & Chew, J. W. (2021). Membrane fouling by lysozyme: effect of local interaction. AIChE Journal, 67(7), e17212-.
Project: A20B3a0070
Journal: AIChE Journal
Abstract: Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to understand the adsorption of positive-charged lysozyme onto negative-charged polyvinylidene fluoride membrane at three pH and two ionic strengths. The lysozyme was initialized at six orientations at 10 Å from the membrane and adsorption was deemed to occur when the lysozyme is less than 4 Å from the membrane. Local interactions are clearly important: (i) despite opposite net charges, no adsorption occurs in some cases throughout; (ii) lysozyme-membrane separation distances differ among the initial orientations of lysozyme; and (iii) the correlation between lysozyme-membrane interaction energy and adsorption probability is poor. Correspondingly, seven key local adsorption sites on lysozyme were identified. Of the two most common sites, one anchors due to electrostatics, while the other is not electrostatics-based. Also, different sites are dominant in different feed conditions and have different interaction energies. These results reveal the importance of local interactions in membrane fouling by proteins in different feed conditions.
ISSN: 0001-1541
DOI: 10.1002/aic.17212
Schools: School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering 
Research Centres: Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute 
Rights: © 2021 American Institute of Chemical Engineers. All rights reserved.
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