The lipid bilayer is central to life, as all living organisms possess a lipid bilayer structure, thereby underlying the lipid bilayer principle of biomembranes. The lipid bilayer principle and its applications are the main theme of this new book series.
This new series on bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs and liposomes) include invited chapters on a broad range of topics, from theoretical investigations, specific studies, experimental methods, to practical applications.
Written for newcomers, experienced scientists, and those who are not familiar with these specific research areas, the Series covers all aspects of lipid bilayer investigations, both fundamental and applied.

Key Features

* Covers a broad range of topics ranging from theoretical research, specific studies, experimental methods, to practical applications * Authoritative timely reviews by experts in this field * Indispensable source of information for new scientists


biochemists, biologists, biophysicists, bioengineers and technologists, electrochemists, physiologists, pharmacologists, surface and colloid scientists, and others working on ultrathin films and membrane phenomena.

Table of Contents

1. The Lipid Bilayer Principle: A Historic Perspective and some Highlights (A. Ottova, H.T. Tien).
2. Dipole Potential of Bilayer Membranes (E.E. Pohl).
3. Studying Calcium Channels from the Plasma Membrane of Plant Root Cells in Planar Lipid Bilayers (P.J. White).
4. Ion Permeability Induced in Planar Lipid Bilayer Membranes by Quinone Derived from Eukaryotic Microorganisms (Yoshinori Muto, Kyoshi Kawai).
5. Sensitized Photoinactivation of Gramacidin Channels: Technique and Applications (Y.N. Antonenko, E.A. Kotova).
6. The Photoreceptor Membranes a Model System in the Study of Biological Signal Transduction (T. Huber, T.P. Sakmar).
7. Channels Formed in Planar Lipid Bilayers by Amyloid Peptides (B.L. Kagan et al.).
8. Design and Application of Planar Bilayer Lipid Membranes Containing Biological Ion Channels for Chemical Sensing (Masao Sugawara, Ayumi Hirano).
9. 2D-Protein Crystals (S-Layers) as Support for Lipid Membranes (B. Schuster, U.B. Sleytr).
10. High Frequency Love Acoustic Waves and their Application to the Study of Supported Lipid Bilayers and Membrane-related Events (E. Gizeli, K. Melzak).


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About the editors

H.T. Tien †

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Physiology, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA

A. Ottova-Leitmannova

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Physiology, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA & Centre for Interface Sciences Microelectronics Department, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic