The Structure and Conformation of Amphiphilic Membranes

Proceedings of the International Workshop on Amphiphilic Membranes, Jülich, Germany, September 16–18, 1991

  • Reinhard Lipowsky
  • Dieter Richter
  • Kurt Kremer

Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 66)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. The Structure and Conformation of Amphiphilic Membranes: Overview

    1. R. Lipowsky, D. Richter, K. Kremer
      Pages 1-6
  3. Molecular Structure of Membranes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. H. Möhwald, R. M. Kenn, K. Kjaer, J. Als-Nielsen
      Pages 9-18
    3. J. Penfold, R. K. Thomas, E. M. Lee, E. A. Simister, J. R. Lu, A. R. Rennie
      Pages 19-23
    4. M. Radmacher, R. M. Zimmermann, H. E. Gaub
      Pages 24-29
    5. A. Gliozzi, A. C. Levi, M. Menessini, E. Scalas
      Pages 30-33
    6. C. Dolainsky, T. Köchy, C. Naumann, T. Brumm, S. J. Johnson, T. M. Bayerl
      Pages 34-39
    7. W. L. C. Vaz, T. E. Thompson, P. F. Almeida, T. Bultmann, E. C. C. Melo
      Pages 40-44
    8. M. B. Sankaram, D. Marsh, T. E. Thompson
      Pages 45-48
    9. C. Cametti, F. De Luca, A. D’Ilario, G. Briganti, M. A. Macri, B. Maraviglia
      Pages 57-60
    10. B. Sternberg, C. E. Dempsey
      Pages 80-82
    11. A. A. Kornyshev, S. Leikin
      Pages 83-86

About these proceedings


Membranes composed of amphiphilic molecules are highly flexible surfaces that determine the architecture of biological systems and provide a basic structural element for complex fluids such as microemulsions. Recently, a variety of new experimental methods such as X-ray scattering, neutron scattering, and atomic force microscopy have been used in order to study themolecular structure of these membranes. Their conformational behavior, on the other hand, is studied by optical and electron microscopy, which reveals that membranes in aqueous solution exhibit an amazing variety of different shapes. Several theoretical concepts are described suchas bending elasticity, curvature, and minimal surfaces in order to understand this polymorphism. These concepts are also useful to describe the behavior of membranes in complex fluids where they can build up hexagonal, lamellar, triply-periodic, cubic, and sponge phases. The contributions to this volume provide an up-to-date overview and describe thestate-of-the-art of this rapidly evolving field of research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Reinhard Lipowsky
    • 1
  • Dieter Richter
    • 1
  • Kurt Kremer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Festkörperforschung Forschungszentrum JülichJülichFed. Rep. of Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-84765-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-84763-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0930-8989
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