Detergent Induced Removal of b-Lactoglobulin from Stainless Steel Surfaces at Influenced by Surface Pretreatment

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The adsorption of β-lactoglobulin to stainless steel and its subsequent removal were followed using in situ null ellipsometry. The influence of the surface pretreatment on the protein removal by the surfactant SDS and by sodium hydroxide was studied. All surfaces were precleaned in strongly alkaline solution. Some surfaces received no further pretreatment, while others were either passivated in nitric acid or plasma-cleaned prior to experiments. Stainless steel surfaces subjected to different surface pretreatments showed considerable differences in cleaning behavior. Cleaning, using NaOH, of surfaces which had been precleaned with alkali only or with plasma resulted in practically complete β-lactoglobulin removal. In contrast, appreciable amounts of protein remained on passivated stainless steel. Protein removal by SDS was limited and comparable for all three surface pretreatments investigated. Only minor effects on the protein adsorption tendency were observed. The amounts of β-lactoglobulin adsorbed tended to be somewhat lower on the passivated surfaces.


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  • Physical Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-473
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Publication categoryResearch