Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies
Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies

The research article 'Recovery and purification of potato proteins from potato starch wastewater by hollow fiber separation membrane integrated process' has been published in Elsevier journal Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies.

Abstract

Potato starch wastewater contains high-concentration potato proteins which have great potential in the fields of food and health care. Most researches on potato protein recovery by membrane separation technique are focused on flat sheet or tubular ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes and lack the further protein purification and the in-depth discussions on the fouling behavior. In this laboratory-scale study, potato proteins were recovered and purified from the simulated potato starch wastewater by the self-made hollow fiber (HF) UF and nanofiltration (NF) separation membrane integrated process. 85.62% potato proteins with high molecular weight in the potato starch wastewater could be retained by UF membrane and 92.1% potato proteins with low molecular weight were rejected by NF membrane. The concentrated solution after UF and NF filtration was desalinated and purified by diluting the solution eight times and filtering the diluted solution with UF membrane. Both types of HF membranes, UF and NF, suffered the inevitable membrane fouling. After the traditional physical washing and chemical cleaning, water flux of UF and NF membranes can be effectively recovered. The corresponding recovery rates of UF and NF membranes can reach 93.5% and 84.7%, respectively. The hollow fiber UF-NF separation membrane integrated process was proved to be a promising technique of high-purity potato protein recovery from potato starch wastewater.

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