Special Issue "Electrical Properties of Model Lipid Membranes"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Membranes in Life Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Monika Naumowicz
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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Bioelectrochemistry, Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bialystok, K. Ciolkowskiego 1K, 15-245 Bialystok, Poland
Interests: electroanalytical methods; physicochemical and electrochemical properties of lipid membranes; black lipid membranes; liposomes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biological membranes are crucial elements of the living systems, and processes occurring with their participation are related mainly to electric phenomena such as transfer of signals, existence of membrane potentials, and transport through the membrane. It has been evident that the lipid bilayer which forms the environment for integral and surface membrane proteins is commonly known as the universal model of the cell-membrane structure. Thus, a great deal of attention has shifted towards the investigation of the organization and properties of these structures concerning both experimental and theoretical aspects. Because systematic examinations are impeded by the complexity of the natural membranes, the best approach to perform detailed physical and chemical studies of biological membranes is to use simplified well-defined model lipid membranes. These models can be exploited to acquire information on the properties of actual biological membranes and associated electrochemical reactions. The most frequently used ones are liposomes, black lipid membranes, membranes on solid substrates, and lipid monolayers on the free surface.

Investigation of the electrochemical properties of model lipid membranes has been carried out over a number of years. However, there is a broad spectrum of issues that have not been subjected to experimental verification and for which the existing results are incomplete or inconsistent. Therefore, the main focus of this forthcoming Special Issue is to present a comprehensive overview of the field by assembling state-of-the-art research articles and reviews on electrical properties of model lipid membranes.

Dr. Monika Naumowicz
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Model lipid membranes
  • Black lipid bilayers
  • Liposomes
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Bioinspired materials
  • Physicochemical phenomena at the membrane surface
  • Electrical properties of model membranes
  • Electroanalytical methods

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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