Adhesion of lipid membranes induced by CrCl3

Franke, T., Lipowsky, R. and Helfrich, W. (2006) Adhesion of lipid membranes induced by CrCl3. Europhysics Letters (EPL), 76(2), pp. 339-345. (doi: 10.1209/epl/i2006-10249-7)

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We describe the apparently first reversible unbinding transition of fluid phosphatidylcholine bilayers. It is induced by minute concentrations of CrCl3 in aqueous 0.1 M NaCl solution. Mutual adhesion sets in at a threshold of 1.1 μM. The adhesion energy increases steeply with CrCl3 concentration up to 20 μJ/m2. It continues to rise with a much smaller slope until the transition becomes irreversible at ca. 40 μM.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Franke, Professor Thomas
Authors: Franke, T., Lipowsky, R., and Helfrich, W.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Europhysics Letters (EPL)
Publisher:EDP Sciences
ISSN (Online):1286-4854

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