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Colloids and Interfaces 2018, 2(2), 17; doi:10.3390/colloids2020017
Thermodynamic Behaviour of Mixed Films of an Unsaturated and a Saturated Polar Lipid. (Oleic Acid-Stearic Acid and POPC-DPPC)
Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, C/Colom 1, E-08222 Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain
Received: 30 January 2018 / Accepted: 25 April 2018 / Published: 27 April 2018
Mixed fatty acids or mixed phospholipids systems with saturated-unsaturated hydrocarbon chains are of biological interest. In this work, the monolayers of oleic acid-stearic acid (OA-SA) and palmitoyloleoylphosphatidylcholine-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (POPC-DPPC) have been studied. From the surface pressure-area isotherms, elastic modulus values and virial equation coefficients can be obtained. Thermodynamic treatment also yields excess (GE) and mixing (ΔGmix) free energies. Results indicate positive GE values, that is, molecular interactions in the mixed films are less favourable, due to the presence of unsaturation; however, the mixture is slightly favourable due to the entropic factor that affords positive ΔGmix values. For the OA-SA system, a high SA content and surface pressure facilitate the phase separation, even though a certain miscibility between both components still remains. For the POPC-DPPC system, the most favourable mixing conditions occur for XPOPC ≈ 0.4. For these mixed systems, the values of the elastic modulus are more similar to those of more fluid components (OA or POPC); analysis of the virial coefficients shows that the b1 virial coefficient values lie between those of the individual components and are higher than values suitable for an ideal mixing.
Keywords:mixed films; fatty acids; phosphatidylcholines; π-A isotherms; virial state equation
Fatty acids and phospholipids have been widely studied with the Langmuir technique, because they are amphiphilic compounds, ideal for forming ordered and compact monolayers, and for their biological interest in systems as biomembranes and tear films. Bibliographic references to previous studies can be found in [1,2,3]. Articles on single component fatty acids or related amphiphiles published in the last years are those of [4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16], and articles on single component phospholipids are those of [17,18,19,20,21,22].
As mixtures of fatty acids or phospholipids are found in biological systems, the study of such mixtures is more interesting. One of the main aspects of these mixtures is the miscibility and phase separation. Recent articles on mixed fatty acids systems are those of [23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32]. Furthermore, since fatty acids or phospholipids usually present unsaturations in the hydrocarbon chains, the study of mixtures of saturated and unsaturated compounds is of interest. Recent articles on fatty acid systems with mixed saturated-unsaturated hydrocarbon chains are those of [33,34], and on phospholipids systems with mixed saturated-unsaturated hydrocarbon chains are those of [35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44]. The main achievements reported in these works will be commented in the discussion section, in connection with the results of the present work. Briefly, an important point considered in these works is the miscibility and phase separation of Langmuir films composed of a mixture of a lipid with a saturated chain and a lipid with an unsaturated chain. Ocko et al.  found that stearic acid and elaidic acid were poorly miscible in monolayers at all surface pressures, and phase separation was always observed. Seoane et al.  studied the miscibility of cholesterol with several fatty acids, and found immiscibility between stearic acid and cholesterol and partial miscibility between unsaturated fatty acids and cholesterol. Wydro et al.  found that DPPG mix non-ideally with DPPE, DSPE and DOPE. They suggest that in the DPPG-DOPE system, and due to the presence of the double bonds in the acyl chains of DOPE molecule, the distance between DPPG and DOPE molecules is greater; this weakens the strength of molecular interactions. Their results indicate that DPPG mix more favourably with PE possessing saturated acyl chains as compared to DOPE, and also suggests the existence of a phase separation for DPPG-DOPE monolayers. Dynarowicz-Latka et al.  found immiscibility between DPPC and erucylphosphocholine, a synthetic one-chained-PC with a double bond, at high surface pressures, but miscibility at low surface pressures. Domenech et al.  observed miscibility between POPC and POPE, and using the virial equation of state, analysed the interactions between both. In other works , the influence of cholesterol in mixed films has been studied; the results indicate an important effect of cholesterol in the monolayer structure.
Despite the wide literature in the field, no recent articles in the study in deep of stearic acid and oleic acid mixed films or DPPC-POPC mixed films, which are of biological relevance , have been reported. Mixed films of a lipid with a saturated acyl chain and a lipid with an unsaturated acyl chain were selected, since unsaturation seems to have a great influence in the miscibility of both lipids. In this work, these mixed films have been studied using the surface pressure-area, π-A, isotherms. The thermodynamic behaviour of the mixed films has been analysed through the excess area, the elastic modulus, and the virial state equation, the latter not being very usual in the treatment of monolayer films.
In this study, the virial state equation, Equation (2), has been applied, where b0, b1 and b2 are the virial coefficients. The virial state equation is useful and allows, through the virial coefficients, for an examination of molecular interactions [35,50]; in this case, it will be applied to the effect of an unsaturation in the acyl chain over the molecular interactions. The value of b0 is attributed to the aggregation state of the film-forming molecules, and the value of b1 provides information about the exclusion volumes and the interaction between the molecules in the film.
πA/(kT) = b0 + b1·π + b2·π2
The following treatment can be applied to the virial coefficients in a mixture , where X refers to the molar fraction, the subscripts 1 and 2 refer to the individual components, the subscripts m and 12 refer to the mixture, and the superscripts id and E referring to an ideal behaviour and to an excess magnitude, respectively:
b1)m = b1)1·X12 + b1)2·X22 + 2b1)12·X1·X2
b1)mid = b1)1·X1 + b1)2·X2
b1E = b1)m − b1)mid
The thermodynamic behaviour of the system can also be analysed from Equations (6) to (9), where AE is the excess area, A12 is the mean area per molecule for the mixture, A1 and A2 are the area per molecule and X1 and X2 are the molar fraction, for the individual components. On the other hand, NA is Avogadro’s number, R is the gas constant and T is the absolute temperature. GE refers to the excess free energy, ΔGmix and ΔGid refer to the Gibbs energy of mixing and its ideal value, respectively.
ΔGmix = ΔGid + GE
ΔGid = RT(X1·ln X1 + X2·ln X2)
Introducing the virial equation, Equation (2), in the former equations, then Equation (10) is obtained for the excess free energy, GE, which can be calculated from the values of the virial coefficients according to Equations (11)–(13). This treatment is rarely seen in bibliography, and offers an alternative way to calculate excess free energy values.
GE = RT [B0·ln π + B1·(π − 1) + B2/2·(π2 − 1)]
B0 = b0)m − X1·b0)1 − X2·b0)2
B1 = b1)m − X1·b1)1 − X2·b1)2
B2 = b2)m − X1·b2)1 − X2·b2)2
2. Materials and Methods
Stearic acid (SA) was provided by Sigma-Aldrich and oleic acid (OA) by Fluka. Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and palmitoyloleoylphosphatidylcholine (POPC) were purchased from Avanti Polar Lipids. See Scheme 1 for chemical structures. KH2PO4. NaCl and analytical grade chloroform from Sigma-Aldrich (Saint Louis, MO, USA) were used in solution preparation. Water was ultrapure MilliQ® (18.2 MΩ·cm).
Langmuir monolayer formation was carried on a trough (Nima Technology, Cambridge, UK) model 1232D1D2 equipped with two movable barriers. The surface pressure was measured using paper Whatman 1, held by a Wilhelmy balance connected to a microelectronic system registering the surface pressure (π). The subphase used in these experiments was MilliQ® quality water. Prior to the subphase addition, the trough was cleaned twice with chloroform and once with MilliQ® quality water. Residual impurities were cleaned from the air|liquid interface by surface suctioning. The good baseline in the surface pressure-area, π-A, isotherms confirms the interface’s cleanliness. Solutions of the lipids were prepared using chloroform; 100 μL were spread at the air|liquid interface, using a high precision Hamilton microsyringe. Individual solutions were prepared at a concentration of 0.5 mg/mL for the fatty acids and 1 mg/mL for the phospholipids, and from them the mixtures were obtained. The barrier closing rate was fixed at 50 cm2·min−1 for isotherm registration (4.7 Å2·molecule−1·min−1 for fatty acids and 6.1 Å2·molecule−1·min−1 for phospholipids), but no noticeable influence of the compression rates between 25 and 50 cm2·min−1 was observed on the isotherm shape. Isotherm recording was carried out by adding the solution, drop by drop, to the subphase, and waiting 15 min for a perfect spreading and solvent evaporation. Experiments were conducted at 22 ± 1 °C and repeated a minimum of three times for reproducibility control.
3. Results and Discussion
3.1. SA-OA Mixture
The π-A isotherms for the mixed films of SA and OA, together to those of the individual components, are shown in Figure 1; in Figure 2 the values of mean area are plotted vs. the molar fraction at several surface pressures.
Mixed monolayers show a first collapse that practically coincides with that of OA (π = 30 mN·m−1), and when the proportion of SA increases, a second collapse is observed (isotherms 4 and 5 in Figure 1) which does not reach the value observed for SA (π = 58 mN·m−1). This is an indication that at high surfaces pressures, OA forms a separated phase from SA which collapses at surface pressure (30 mN·m−1); meanwhile, the collapse of the SA phase is influenced by the presence of OA. Thus, the OA molecules strongly distort on the compactness of the SA molecules and hamper the formation of a more rigid film.
A study of the mean area per molecule (Figure 2) shows positive deviations from the straight line; these deviations are more pronounced at low surface pressures and when the OA content is XOA = 0.425. At high surface pressures and with all compositions except for the OA content of XOA = 0.425, the mean area approaches a straight line. Positive deviations indicate mixing but with unfavourable interactions with respect to pure components. Null deviations indicate an ideal mixing or phase separation. As two collapses can be observed in the isotherms when the SA is in high proportion, this indicates that a phase separation has occurred. As experimental points are not on the straight line, this means that partial miscibility still exits, that is, a partial segregation of one component occurs but the rest of this component remains on the mixed film.
Figure 3 presents the variation of the elastic modulus, Equation (1), along the isotherm compression for the different mixed films of SA and OA. According to the reported criteria, that is Cs−1: <100 mN·m−1 for LE state, 100–250 mN·m−1 for LC state, >250 mN·m−1 for S state [47,51], OA shows an LE state, meanwhile SA shows an LE state below 9 mN·m−1, an LC state between 9–24 mN·m−1 and an S state up to 24 mN·m−1. On the other hand, mixed films show an LE state, and for those with higher OA content, the compressibility behaviour is similar to that of pure OA; however, when the SA content is high, an LC state appears at higher surface pressures.
It is also seen that when the SA content increases, the surface pressure at the inflection point in the isotherm, or at the first maximum point in the elastic modulus plot, decreases. In contrast, the second maximum point in the elastic modulus plot increases with more SA content. These results also point to a partial mixing at low surface pressures but a segregation at high surface pressures, especially at high SA content.
To gain a deeper understanding at the molecular level, the surface pressure-area isotherms of SA-OA mixtures were further analysed using the equation of state. For this study, the virial state equation, Equation (2), was applied. Figure 4 shows the plots of (πA/kT) vs. π for the several studied compositions, which can be adjusted with a polynomial of 2n degree. The values of the virial coefficients are tabulated in Table 1. The values of b1)12 and b1E, obtained from Equations (3)–(5), are tabulated in Table 2.
Results for b1 coefficients (see Table 2) indicate a gradual decrease from the OA pure component to the SA one. A similar fact occurs for the b0 coefficient. The higher value for b1 of OA is due to the higher repulsive interactions between molecules in this fatty acid, relative to the SA. The higher value for b0 of OA is due to a lesser degree of aggregation in this fatty acid with respect to the SA. The values of b1)m are in between those of the SA and OA, but higher than those of the ideal behaviour, that is, the b1E values are positive. This indicates more repulsive interactions in the mixed films between SA and OA molecules with respect to the separate components. The values of b1)12 are positive and higher than the mean value (b1)1 + b1)2)/2 = 0.09105, which also indicates more repulsion in the mixed film between molecules. The higher values of b1)12 occur when the content of OA is low, being higher than the value of b1 of pure OA. This fact can be attributed to the fact that OA breaks the compactness of SA, which results in an increase of the b1 coefficient (much more repulsion in respect to pure components).
As positive deviations are higher for low OA content, low XOA, this means that OA places partially in between SA, destabilizing the compactness of SA. When there is a low SA content, it can better mix with the fluid phase of OA, the interactions are less unfavourable and the positive deviations are lower. Thus, the domain formation or phase separation could be more notable for low XOA, that is, for high SA content.
Introducing the values of virial coefficients in Equations (6)–(9) and (10)–(13), values of GE and ΔGmix were calculated and are reported in Table 3. It is seen that GE exhibits positive values which were considered as small deviations from zero excess free energy; the values of ΔGmix are slightly negative. These values are in agreement with the previous comments about the mixing of the components in the film, that is, the interaction between components is not favoured but the entropic factor (see Equation (9)) leads to energetically favourable mixing, even with slightly negative values of ΔGmix. Mixing is less favoured especially at higher SA contents and higher surface pressures.
3.2. DPPC-POPC Mixture
Figure 5 shows the π-A isotherms of mixed films of DPPC and POPC, together with those of the individual components. It was observed that the phase change of DPPC at π = 8 mN/m (the first inflection point) are influenced by the presence of POPC, as well as the collapse pressure, indicating that DPPC and POPC are partially miscible. The inflection point is clearly visible at the lowest content of POPC and the surface pressure at which this point occurs increases with the POPC content.
Figure 6 shows the mean area per molecule vs. the POPC molar fraction, at several π. Positive deviations respect to the ideal case (straight line) were generally observed, but at low and high π, the mixed film with XPOPC = 0.394 presents negative deviations which indicate less repulsive interactions or more attractive interactions (favourable interactions in respect to the individual components). In both cases, deviations from the straight line indicate a certain degree of miscibility. This fact will be commented upon later.
Figure 7 shows the elastic modulus of DPPC, POPC and DPPC-POPC mixed films, obtained from the isotherms of Figure 5 using Equation (1). DPPC presents a phase change from LE to LC at π around 8 mN/m, and POPC only presents LE state. The fact that DPPC can present the LC state in the monolayer is related to the chain melting temperature of 41 °C for DPPC, against that of −2 °C for POPC . Thus, at the temperature of the present work, POPC is always in the LE state; however, DPPC can change from the LE to the LC state when compressing. The DPPC-POPC studied mixed films only presents the LE state, with an inflection at high DPPC contents, and the inflexion surface pressure increasing when the DPPC content decreases. This fact clearly confirms that POPC mixes with DPPC, and thus that POPC molecules hamper a more compaction of DPPC molecules and the phase change to a LC state.
An analysis of the isotherms using the virial state equation has been done.
The plot of πA/(kT) vs. π (Figure 8) can be fitted with a polynomial of 2n degree (see Equation (2)), and the treatment reported in Equations (3)–(5) is applied to them. The values of the obtained virial coefficients are tabulated in Table 4 and the values of b1)12 and b1E in Table 5.
It is shown in Table 4 that the b1 values increase with the POPC content. This indicates more repulsive interactions for POPC, and that the presence of POPC in the DPPC matrix also increases the repulsive interactions between molecules with respect to DPPC molecules. The value of b0 for POPC is lower than that of DPPC, indicating more aggregation in POPC than in DPPC (even POPC has an unsaturation in the hydrocarbon chain, the oleoyl chain is larger. Another explanation could be in the phase change of DPPC that makes the polynomial fit more problematic). The values of b1)m are in between those of the DPPC and POPC, but higher than those of the ideal behaviour, that is, the b1E values are positive. This indicates more repulsive interactions in the mixed film between DPPC and POPC molecules with respect to the separate components. The values of b1)12 are positive and higher than the mean value (b1)1 + b1)2)/2 = 0.1667, which also indicates more repulsion in the mixed film between molecules.
The higher values of b1)12 occur when the content of POPC is low, being higher than the value of b1 of pure POPC, except for XPOPC = 0.394. This fact can be attributed to POPC breaking the compactness of DPPC, which results in an increase of the b1 coefficient (much more repulsion in respect to pure components). As has been seen previously, when XPOPC = 0.394, the excess area is negative, which is in agreement with the fact seen now that the b1)12 is the lowest value for the mixed films, and lower than that of pure POPC. Thus, the mixed film with XPOPC = 0.394 is the most favourable among them.
Introducing the values of virial coefficients in Equations (6)–(9) and (10)–(13), values of GE and ΔGmix have been calculated and reported in Table 6. It is seen that values of GE are slightly positive, except for XPOPC = 0.394 at low surfaces pressures; the values of ΔGmix are slightly negative. These values are in agreement with the previous comments about the mixing of the components in the film, that is, the interaction between components is not favoured but the entropic factor (see Equation (9)) leads to energetically favourable mixing. The mixing is especially favoured for XPOPC = 0.394, including the case of 35 mN/m of surface pressure which is close to the lateral pressure of biological membranes. Nevertheless, the positive values of GE at 35 mN/m could indicate a propensity for phase separation, as is discussed in reference .
Isotherms indicate that a certain miscibility between components can be present in both cases: SA-OA and DPPC-POPC mixed films. The area vs. molar fraction (A vs. X) analysis shows this effect of miscibility, but with less favourable interactions in respect to the individual components. Thus, the miscibility should be attributed to entropic factors. The less favourable interactions could be due, at least in part, to the presence of unsaturation in the hydrocarbon chains. The effect of unsaturations has also been discussed in reference  for the case of mixed films of a fatty acid and a phospholipid. The less favourable interactions lead to the partial phase segregation that is observed for the SA-OA system at high pressures and/or at high SA content. For the DPPC-POPC system, there is a composition (XPOPC ≈ 0.4) where the mixed film is more energetically favourable. A notable difference between both systems is that while the OA-SA system at XOA ≈ 0.4 presents less favourable interactions, those of the POPC-DPPC system at XPOPC ≈ 0.4 are more favourable.
The values of the elastic modulus are more similar to those of the more fluid component (OA or POPC). The behaviour of the elastic modulus plot at high surface pressures is different, comparing both systems. The DPPC-POPC system presents only one maximum, meanwhile the OA-SA system presents two maxima with a clear phase in SA for the second maximum.
The analysis of the virial coefficients is similar in both systems, with the b1 values between those of the individual components. When comparing the b1 values for the fatty acids OA, SA and their mixed films with the b1 values for the phospholipids POPC, DPPC and their mixed films, lower values are observed, which indicates that these fatty acids can compact more easily than phospholipids. However, when analysing the excess values of b1E the differences are less significant, and give rise to the results derived from the area and energy analysis.
Ocko and Kelley  studied mixed monolayers of saturated stearic acid and of monounsaturated elaidic acid (the trans isomer of the oleic acid), and also observed poor miscibility with phase separation. Seoane et al.  reported mixed films of cholesterol with saturated or unsaturated fatty acids, but these are not discussed here due to the peculiar characteristics of cholesterol. Several authors [23,25,26,27,30,32] have also observed phase separation in fatty acid mixed monolayers of fluorinated and hydrogenated amphiphiles.
Comparing the behaviour of the POPC-DPPC mixed films with that of the unsaturated phospholipids POPC-POPE , it is shown that POPC-POPE mixed films demonstrate favourable mixing at all compositions, with negative values of the excess area, AE, and with more negative values of the mixing energy, ΔGmix. Comparing the values of the virial coefficient b1 for DPPC, POPC and POPE , it was observed that DPPC presents the lowest value. As b1 is related to exclusion volumes and interactions between molecules, this means that the presence of a double bond provides higher exclusion volumes and more repulsive interactions between molecules. In contrast, the excess values b1E are always negative for the POPC-POPE mixed films  but positives for the POPC-DPPC ones (present work). This is in agreement with the obtained values of GE which are positive for the POPC-DPPC mixed films, but negative for the POPC-POPE ones. Thus, mixed films of a saturated and an unsaturated phospholipid seems to be energetically less favourable than those of two unsaturated phospholipids, at least from the cited systems that do not present enormous differences. On the other hand, Domenech et al.  suggest that cardiolipin and POPE can form separated phases under certain conditions, and that cardiolipin might be laterally segregated from POPE, even though thermodynamic analysis indicates miscibility.
Wydro and Witkowska  studied mixed films of phospholipids with different chains and unsaturations, through the mixtures of DPPG with DPPE, DSPE and DOPE. The results proved non ideal behaviour, as in the present case, and that the presence of the double bond in DOPE hamper the mixing and the layer compactness. The behaviour is also influenced by the type and length of the acyl chain. The values of GE for DPPG-DOPE mixtures are positive (as in the present case) compared to the negative values of GE for DPPG-DPPE and DPPG-DSPE mixed films, in which they exhibit saturated chains. The values of ΔGmix for DPPG-DOPE are negative (as in the present case) but less negative than those for DPPG-DPPE and DPPG-DSPE. Thus, as in the present case of the mixed films of POPC-DPPC, those of DPPG-DOPE present mixing due to the entropic factor. Dynarowicz et al.  studied miscibility and phase separation in mixed PC monolayers and found miscibility at low surface pressures but phase separation at high surface pressures.
Thus, phase separation is usual in mixed lipid monolayers due to differences in length, chemical groups or unsaturations in the acyl chain, differences in the headgroup, or the composition and surface pressure conditions.
The presence of an unsaturation in the aliphatic chain of a fatty acid, e.g., oleic acid, or a phospholipid, e.g., POPC, in a mixed film with a saturated one, e.g., stearic acid or DPPC, respectively, makes molecular interaction less favourable, and causes the excess free energy to take positive values. Nevertheless, the entropic factor leads to slightly negative values in the mixing free energy. This situation facilitates phase separation (even partial mixing remains), especially with high contents of the saturated lipid and high surface pressures, since the saturated lipid tends to a more compact state. For the OA-SA mixed films, the most favourable mixing situation occurs at XOA ≈ 0.6; meanwhile, for the POPC-DPPC it occurs at XPOPC ≈ 0.4. The second virial coefficient b1 for the mixed films takes values between those of the individual components, but above those of an ideal mixing. The analysis of the mixed films with the virial state equation yields information on the molecular interactions, and permits us to easily calculate thermodynamic parameters. The elastic modulus behaviour for the mixed films exhibits closer values to the corresponding ones for the unsaturated component. For the POPC-DPPC mixed films, these are always in the LE state, similarly to POPC; meanwhile, for OA-SA mixed films, the LC state forms at high SA content and high surface pressures, probably due to the phase separation induced by SA.
This research received no external funding.
Conflicts of Interest
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Scheme 1. Structural formula of the studied compounds: SA, OA, DPPC and POPC.
Figure 1. π-A isotherms for mixtures of OA-SA. 1, (blue) OA; 2, (magenta) XOA = 0.816; 3, (yellow) XOA = 0.625; 4, (cyan) XOA = 0.425; 5, (violet) XOA = 0.217; 6, (brown) SA. Area represents the mean area per molecule.
Figure 2. Area vs. composition for mixtures OA-SA, at different surface pressures: (blue) 2, (magenta) 5, (yellow) 10, (cyan) 15, (violet) 20, (brown) 25 mN/m. The straight lines correspond to the ideal behaviour.
Figure 3. Elastic modulus for mixtures of OA-SA. 1, (brown) OA; 2, (green) XOA = 0.816; 3, (violet) XOA = 0.625; 4, (cyan) XOA = 0.425; 5, (orange) XOA = 0.217; 6, (blue) SA.
Figure 4. Plots of (πA/kT) vs. π for the mixtures of OA-SA. 1, (blue) OA; 2, (red) XOA = 0.816; 3, (green) XOA = 0.625; 4, (violet) XOA = 0.425; 5, (cyan) XOA = 0.217; 6, (orange) SA.
Figure 5. π-A isotherms for mixtures of POPC-DPPC. 1, (green) POPC; 2, (blue) XPOPC = 0.798; 3, (orange) XPOPC = 0.596; 4, (cyan) XPOPC = 0.394; 5, (violet) XPOPC = 0.191; 6, (brown) DPPC. Area represents the mean area per molecule.
Figure 6. Area vs. composition in mixtures POPC-DPPC, at the surface pressures of 1, 10, 20, 30 and 40 mN/m.
Figure 7. Elastic modulus for mixtures of POPC-DPPC. 1, (green) POPC; 2, (blue) XPOPC = 0.798; 3, (orange) XPOPC = 0.596; 4, (cyan) XPOPC = 0.394; 5, (violet) XPOPC = 0.191; 6, (brown) DPPC.
Figure 8. Plots of (πA/kT) vs. π for the mixtures of POPC-DPPC. 1, (green) POPC; 2, (blue) XPOPC = 0.798; 3, (orange) XPOPC = 0.596; 4, (cyan) XPOPC = 0.394; 5, (violet) XPOPC = 0.191; 6, (brown) DPPC.
Table 1. Virial coefficients (see Equation (2)) for mixtures of OA and SA.
|Virial Coefficient||OA||OA-SA XOA = 0.816||OA-SA XOA = 0.625||OA-SA XOA = 0.425||OA-SA XOA = 0.217||SA|
Table 2. Virial coefficient b1 (see Equations (3)–(5)) for mixtures of OA and SA.
Table 3. Values of excess free energy and mixing energy at different compositions and surface pressures for OA-SA mixed films.
Table 4. Virial coefficients (see Equation (2)) for mixtures of POPC and DPPC.
|Virial Coefficient||POPC||POPC:DPPC XPOPC = 0.798||POPC:DPPC XPOPC = 0.596||POPC:DPPC XPOPC = 0.394||POPC:DPPC XPOPC = 0.191||DPPC|
Table 5. Virial coefficient b1 (see Equations (3)–(5)) for mixtures of POPC and DPPC.
Table 6. Values of excess free energy and mixing energy at different compositions and surface pressures for POPC-DPPC mixed films.
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