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Formation and Characterization of Fluid Lipid Bilayers on Alumina

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posted on 18.11.2008, 00:00 by Morgan D. Mager, Benjamin Almquist, Nicholas A. Melosh
Fluid lipid bilayers were deposited on alumina substrates with the use of bubble collapse deposition (BCD). Previous studies using vesicle rupture have required the use of charged lipids or surface functionalization to induce bilayer formation on alumina, but these modifications are not necessary with BCD. Photobleaching experiments reveal that the diffusion coefficient of POPC on alumina is 0.6 μm2/s, which is much lower than the 1.4−2.0 μm2/s reported on silica. Systematically accounting for roughness, immobile regions and membrane viscosity shows that pinning sites account for about half of this drop in diffusivity. The remainder of the difference is attributed to a more tightly bound water state on the alumina surface, which induces a larger drag on the bilayer.

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