Separation by Adsorption. II. Specific Adsorbents

  • Robert K. Scopes
Part of the Springer Advanced Texts in Chemistry book series (SATC)


Although section 4.1 was a general one describing the principles of chromatography, ion exchangers were mentioned frequently, and much of the theory has been tested using ion-exchange adsorbents. Proteins bind to ion exchangers by electrostatic forces between the proteins’ surface charges (mainly) and the dense clusters of charged groups on the exchangers. The substitution level of a typical diethylaminoethyl- (DEAE-) cellulose or carboxymethyl- (CM-) cellulose may be as much as 0.5 mmol cm−3 (packed, swollen adsorbent), that is, 0.5 M of charged groups. The charges are of course balanced by counterions such as metal ions, chloride ions, and sometimes buffer ions. A protein must displace the counterions and become attached; generally the net charge on the protein will be the same sign as that of the counterions displaced— hence “ion exchange.” The protein molecules in solution also are neutralized by counterions; the overall effect in a given region of the adsorbent must be electrically neutral—this is illustrated in Figure 5.1. In this diagram it has been assumed that a protein with a net negative charge is preequilibrated in Tris-chloride buffer: the counterions associated with the protein are thus HTris+. The adsorbent (DEAE-cellulose) also equilibrated with the buffer has Cl counterions.


Ionic Strength Anion Exchanger High Salt Concentration Specific Adsorbent Cyanogen Bromide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert K. Scopes
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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