Discretized multi-level elution trajectory: A proof-of-concept demonstration

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Biomolecular and pharmaceutical downstream processing is dominated by chromatographic separation, which is associated with high product quality, low capacity and high costs. The separation can be optimized to minimize the costs while achieving a high purity. This paper presents an experimental validation of a discretized multi-level elution (DiME) trajectory, implemented on commercially available chromatography equipment. The tertiary protein separation of ribonuclease A, cytochrome C and lysozyme was used as a case study. A mechanistic model was calibrated using step and linear gradient experiments. The model was simulated together with the state sensitivities with respect to model parameters, which was used in the Levenberg–Marquardt algorithm to fit the model response to the experimental data. The model was used to solve the dynamic optimization problem of maximizing the yield of cytochrome C given a 95% purity requirement, 1000 s processing time and 50 salt concentration levels in the elution trajectory. The model was spatially discretized using finite volumes and temporally discretized using direct collocation. The corresponding non-linear programming problem was solved with IPOPT. Once the optimal salt trajectory was found it was experimentally implemented on an ÄKTA Pure using an OPC interface. The optimal trajectory was analyzed in-line by UV absorbance measurements and off-line by analysis of collected fractions. The results presented in this study show the successful experimental realization of DiME trajectories and how to use model calibration, optimization and control to realize DiME trajectories for any chromatography separation problem.


  • Anton Sellberg
  • Anders Holmqvist
  • Fredrik Magnusson
  • Christian Andersson
  • Bernt Nilsson
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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Kemiska processer
Sidor (från-till)73-81
Antal sidor9
TidskriftJournal of Chromatography A
StatusPublished - 2017 jan 20
Peer review utfördJa

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Sellberg, A., 2018 maj 4, Lund: Department of Chemical Engineering, Lund University. 229 s.

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Sellberg, A., Niklas Andersson, Holmqvist, A. & Bernt Nilsson, 2017 okt 1, 27th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering. Espuña, A., Graells, M. & Puigjaner, L. (red.). Barcelona, Vol. 40. s. 187-192 6 s. (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering; vol. 40).

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