Team Leader (DSP)

Dr. Michael Wolff
Dr. Michael Wolff
Phone: +49 391 67 546 76
Fax: +49 391 6110 588
Room: G25-114


Dipl.-Ing. Laura M. Fischer
Dipl.-Ing. Laura M. Fischer
Phone: +49 391 67 546 75
Room: G25-122
Ana Raquel S. M. Fortuna, MSc.
Ana Raquel S. M. Fortuna, MSc.
Phone: +49 391 67 546 74

Additional Information

Prof. Dr.-Ing. A. Seidel-Morgenstern (Physical and Chemical Foundations of Process Engineering)

IDT Biologika GmbH, Dessau-Rosslau, Dr.-Ing. B. Hundt

This project was co-funded (0315336A) and is co-financed by the BMBF (0315640C).
The project is part of the IMPRS.


Continuous Purification of Influenza Virus

Continuous Purification of Influenza Virus


Batch chromatography still is the work horse for the purification of many valuable products. Application in preparative scale, however, holds several disadvantages, like low productivity and high consumption of stationary and mobile phase.
To overcome those difficulties continuous chromatography such as simulated moving bed (SMB) technology can be employed. Those processes are already well-established for the separation of small molecules in chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Lately, the application of this technology for the purification of biotechnological molecules from complex mixtures has also been increasingly studied.

Aim of the project

The goal of the project is the establishment of continuous processes for the purification of cell culture-derived influenza virus based on SMB technology.

Simulated Moving Bed Technology

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SMB processes are characterized by the countercurrent contact of mobile and stationary phase. The binary mixture containing the components to be separated is injected continuous into the system (Figure 1). The less adsorbing component (A) is transported by the mobile phase in one direction, while the stronger adsorbing component (B) is transported in the countercurrent direction by the stationary phase. Thus it is possible to remove both components at different outlet ports (extract and raffinate) continuously in high purity.


Kalbfuss, B.; Wolff, M. W.; Morenweiser, R.; Reichl, U.: Purification of cell culture-derived human influenza A virus by size-exclusion and anion-exchange chromatography. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 96, pp. 932 - 944 (2007)
Kröber, T.; Wolff, M. W.; Hundt, B.; Seidel-Morgenstern, A.; Reichl, U.: Continuous purification of influenza virus using simulated moving bed chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A 1307, pp. 99 - 110 (2013)

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