Planar Lipid Bilayers (BLM's) and Their Applications


  • H.T. Tien †, Department of Physiology, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA
  • A. Ottova-Leitmannova, Department of Physiology, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA & Centre for Interface Sciences Microelectronics Department, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

The lipid bilayer is the most basic structural element of cell membranes. A wide range of topics are covered in this volume, from the origin of the lipid bilayer concept, to current applications and experimental techniques. Each chapter in this volume is self-contained and describes a group's research, providing detailed methodology and key references useful for researchers. Lipid bilayer research is of great interest to many because of it's interdisciplinary nature.
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Biochemists, biophysicists, colloid and surface chemists, electrochemists, physicists, physiologists, biotechnologists, and others working on membrane phenomena and ultrathin films.


Book information

  • Published: February 2003
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-50940-6


"The book caters to a diverse readership. It is packed with highly informative and sometimes highly readable chapters suitable both for a person new to the area and someone wanting to expand their knowledge in the emerging areas. Some of the chapters are well written, easy to read and provide good introductions to the various aspects of BLMs. Other chapters are more specialized and suited to those working on specific aspects. Parts of the book could be useful in undergraduate and graduate teaching."

Table of Contents

I. Lipid bilayer principle of biomembranesThe lipid bilayer concept: Experimental realization and current applications; Dielectric and Electrical Properties of Lipid Bilayers in Relation to their StructureII. Ion Selectivity, Specificity, and Membrane ReconstitutionInvestigation of substrate-specific porin channels in lipid bilayer membranes; Reconstitution in planar lipid bilayers of ion channels synthesized in ovo and in vitroIII. BiotechnologySystems Aspects of Supported Membrane Biosensors; Biosensors from interactions of DNA with lipid membranesIV. Light-induced phenomena and spectroscopyPhotoinduced Charge Separation in Lipid Bilayers; Photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes in planar lipid membranes