Ultrafiltration (UF) is a pressure-driven, convective process that uses semipermeable membranes to separate species by molecular size and shape. UF is highly efficient, allowing for concentration and desalting at the same time. Unlike chemical precipitation (such as with ethanol or phenol/chloroform), there is no phase change, which often denatures labile species. Protein, DNA, and RNA samples can be routinely concentrated with up to 99% recovery of starting material without the use of co-precipitants.

Our pressure-driven UF devices are available in two formats: centrifugal filters and stirred cells.


Large-Volume Centrifugal Filters

Centrifugal filter devices are powerful tools for protein, DNA, and RNA concentration and desalting. Centrifugal concentrator devices are ideal for separating high and low molecular weight species in large volumes. Our large volume centrifugal filter devices come preassembled and ready to use. Individual devices are available for processing up to 70 mL volumes. For larger volumes, multiple devices can be spun simultaneously. Spin times are typically measured in minutes.

Stirred Cell Ultrafiltration

Choose stirred cell ultrafiltration when your sample volume exceeds the capacity of a centrifugal device or when you need a more gentle method of processing than centrifugation.

Stirred cell devices have been successfully used to purify proteins from large volumes of solution since 1965. Our stirred cells are designed for gentle, efficient concentration or purification of macromolecular solutions in volumes from 3 to 400 mL. One important advantage of stirred cells is that concentration can be combined with buffer exchange by diafiltration (a process in which the exchange buffer is gradually and continuously added in while the existing solution is filtered out).

Simultaneous diafiltration and concentration using a stirred cell provides the analyte of interest at a concentration and in a buffer that is amenable with additional purification steps or the chosen analysis/detection method. While the concentration of non-permeating species is increased during ultrafiltration and the retained fluid volume is reduced, the concentration of membrane permeating species such as salts and microsolutes remains unchanged.

Social Media

LinkedIn icon
Twitter icon
Facebook Icon
Instagram Icon

MilliporeSigma

Research. Development. Production.

We are a leading supplier to the global Life Science industry with solutions and services for research, biotechnology development and production, and pharmaceutical drug therapy development and production.

© 2021 Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and/or its affiliates. All Rights Reserved.

Reproduction of any materials from the site is strictly forbidden without permission.