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(334k) Effect of Material Morphology On Optimal Time of Separation of Bio-Molecules


Simhadri, J. J. - Presenter, Tennessee Technological University
Oyanader, M. - Presenter, Tennessee Technological University
Stretz, H. A. - Presenter, Tennessee Technological University
Arce, P. - Presenter, Tennessee Technological University

Electrophoresis in polymer hydrogels with nanometer-scale pore structure are widely used for the separation and purification of biological macromolecules. In gel-electrophoresis, the internal morphology of the gel also plays an important role in improving the separation. Tuning the nanometer-scale pore structure of the gel either by templating or by adding nanoparticles to improve separations has been the current area of focus in our research group. Moreover, analysis of the effects of the nature of the pore alignment, pore length and diameters on the transport of macromolecules is an important aspect to be studied either analytically or computationally as shown by previous efforts (Trinh et al, 1999; Hidalgo et. al, 2007). In this research, non-uniform channel models whose characteristics are useful domains to mimic the gel morphology are analyzed computationally. The results illustrate the effects of the various geometrical parameters with electric fields on effective transport parameters and eventually determine the optimal time of separation.


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2. Hidalgo, R., M. A. Oyanader (*), and P. E. Arce, ?Dispersive Mixing Effect Caused by Combined Effect of Channel Morphology and Electrophoretic Mobility in Poiseuille Flows.? AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, 2007. (*) Speaker.