Magnetic poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) mPHEMA beads carrying Cibacron Blue F3GA were prepared by suspension polymerization of HEMA in the presence of Fe3O4 nano-powder. Average size of spherical beads was 80-120 mu m. The beads had a specific surface area of 56.0 m(2)/g. The characteristic functional groups of dye-attached mPHEMA beads were analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) and Raman spectrometer. mPHEMA with a swelling ratio of 68% and carrying 28.5 mu mol Cibacron Blue F3GA/g were used for the purification of lysozyme. Adsorption studies were performed under different conditions in a magnetically stabilized fluidized bed (i.e., pH, protein concentration, flow-rate, temperature, and ionic strength). Lysozyme adsorption capacity of mPHEMA and mPHEMA/Cibacron Blue F3GA beads were 0.8 mg/g and 342 mg/g, respectively. It was observed that after 20 adsorption-desorption cycle, mPHEMA beads can be used without significant loss in lysozyme adsorption capacity. Purification of lysozyme from egg white was also investigated. Purification of lysozyme was monitored by determining the lysozyme activity using Micrococcus lysodeikticus as substrate. The purity of the desorbed lysozyme was about 87.4% with recovery about 79.6%. The specific activity of the desorbed lysozyme was high as 41.586 U/mg. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.