Separation of whey components by using ceramic composite membranes

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DESALINATION, vol.189, pp.87-91, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 189
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.desal.2005.06.016
  • Journal Name: DESALINATION
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.87-91
  • Keywords: ceramic membrane, ultrafiltration, whey, protein, lactose, alumina, zirconia
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: No


Ceramic supports were prepared from alumina powder and dip-coated with zirconia sol. The ceramic composite membranes prepared were characterized with respect to their microstructure/pore structures. The supports were 40% porous of which 87% were open pores. The average particle size of the sol particles was 35 nm. The prepared membrane has good protein lactose separation properties with a relatively high protein content (PR similar to 80%) and with relatively low lactose retention (LR similar to 7%). The permeate flux value was around 40 l/m(2)h. These results indicate the possibility of the preparation of ceramic composite membranes for separation of whey components with higher yields.