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"The knowledge about semi-permeable membranes is applied for various purposes. We know that semi-permeable membrane is capable of separating substances when a driving force is applied across it. Artificially synthesized semi-permeable membranes are used for separation of bacteria from viruses, because bacteria cannot cross a semi-permeable membrane." My Question is Why Bacteria cannot cross a semi-permeable membrane? Reason?

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    $\begingroup$ What have you found out when researching the topic? $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Dec 4 '16 at 16:36
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't find the reason. I have searched it many times.. :( $\endgroup$ Dec 4 '16 at 17:06
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In my opinion, it should work by size exclusion. Bacteria are on the size of few microns, whereas the pores in semi-permeable membranes are on the size of nanometers. Therefore, bacteria will not pass through the membrane.

Viruses are usually smaller than bacteria, and so maybe more likely to pass through such a membrane. However, you have not included the pore size of the semipermeable membrane in question, and so I am unable to give a more specific answer at this point. If the pores of the membrane are very small, even viruses will not be able to pass through it.

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    $\begingroup$ Please add some references. $\endgroup$
    – L.B.
    Dec 4 '16 at 19:59

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