Physics of Biological Membranes

  • Patricia Bassereau
  • Pierre Sens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

  3. Membranes by the Numbers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Rob Phillips
      Pages 73-105
  4. Spatial Heterogeneities in Biomembranes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Kai Simons
      Pages 109-123
    3. Michael Schick
      Pages 125-140
    4. Didier Marguet, Laurence Salomé
      Pages 169-189
    5. Vincent Démery, David Lacoste
      Pages 191-211
    6. S. Alex Rautu, Matthew S. Turner
      Pages 213-227
    7. Erwin Frey, Jacob Halatek, Simon Kretschmer, Petra Schwille
      Pages 229-260
  5. Biomembrane Mechanics and Consequences for Their Functions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Anne-Florence Bitbol, Doru Constantin, Jean-Baptiste Fournier
      Pages 311-350
    3. Mijo Simunovic, Gregory A. Voth
      Pages 351-384
    4. Thorsten Auth, Sabyasachi Dasgupta, Gerhard Gompper
      Pages 471-498
    5. Kheya Sengupta, Ana-Sunčana Smith
      Pages 499-535
    6. P. B. Sunil Kumar, Mohamed Laradji
      Pages 561-579
    7. Hervé Turlier, Timo Betz
      Pages 581-619
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 621-623

About this book


This book mainly focuses on key aspects of biomembranes that have emerged over the past 15 years. It covers static and dynamic descriptions, as well as modeling for membrane organization and shape at the local and global (at the cell level) scale. It also discusses several new developments in non-equilibrium aspects that have not yet been covered elsewhere. 

Biological membranes are the seat of interactions between cells and the rest of the world, and internally, they are at the core of complex dynamic reorganizations and chemical reactions. Despite the long tradition of membrane research in biophysics, the physics of cell membranes as well as of biomimetic or synthetic membranes is a rapidly developing field. Though successful books have already been published on this topic over the past decades, none include the most recent advances. Additionally, in this domain, the traditional distinction between biological and physical approaches tends to blur. 

This book gathers the most recent advances in this area, and will benefit biologists and physicists alike.



Biological Membranes Biomembranes Membrane Dynamics Membrane Fission Membrane Fusion Membrane Physics Vesicles

Editors and affiliations

  • Patricia Bassereau
    • 1
  • Pierre Sens
    • 2
  1. 1.PhysicoChimie Curie (UMR CNRS 168)Institut CurieParisFrance
  2. 2.PhysicoChimie Curie (UMR CNRS 168)Institut CurieParisFrance

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