Two different dye-ligands, i.e. Procion Brown MX-5BR (RB-10) and Procion Green H-4G (RG-5) were immobilised onto poly(2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) (pHEMA) membranes. The polarities of the affinity membranes were determined by contact angle measurements. Separation and purification of lysozyme from solution and egg white were investigated. The adsorption data was analysed using two adsorption kinetic models the first order and the second order to determine the best-fit equation for the separation of lysozyme using affinity membranes. The second-order equation for the adsorption of lysozyme on the RB-10 and RG-5 immobilised membranes systems is the most appropriate equation to predict the adsorption capacity for the affinity membranes. The reversible lysozyme adsorption on the RB-10 and RG-5 did not follow the Langmuir model, but obeyed the Temkin and Freundlich isotherm model. Separation and purification were monitored by determining the lysozyme activity using Micrococcus lysodeikticus as substrate. The purities of the eluted lysozyme, as determined by HPLC, were 76 and 92% with recovery 63 and 77% for RB-10 and RG-5 membranes, respectively. For the separation and purification of lysozyme the RG-5 immobilised membrane provided the best results. The affinity membranes are stable when subjected to sanitization with sodium hydroxide after repeated adsorption-elution cycles. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.