Dissipative Transport Processes

  • William A. Brodsky
  • Adil E. Shamoo
  • Irving L. Schwartz


The earliest concept of the plasma membrane was that of an ultrathin porous film separating two aqueous solutions in physical as well as in biological systems. In physical systems, use of the porous film model led to the development of the laws of osmotic pressure and to the laws governing the equilibrium distribution of ions across membranes. In biological systems, use of the model has accounted for some, but not for all of the data on distribution and transfer rates of materials across cell membranes. Recent developments have been concerned with the chemical architecture of biological membranes as well as the material transfers across cell membranes.


Flux Ratio Squid Axon Phenomenological Coefficient Electrochemical Equilibrium Osmotic Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. Brodsky
    • 1
  • Adil E. Shamoo
    • 1
  • Irving L. Schwartz
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Physiology and BiophysicsMount Sinai Medical and Graduate Schools of the City University of New YorkUSA
  2. 2.the Medical Research CenterBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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