The Electrical and Photoelectrical Characteristics of Lipids and Artificial Bimolecular Lipid Membranes.
MICHIGAN STATE UNIV EAST LANSING DEPT OF BIOPHYSICS
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The purpose of this project was to investigate the electrical properties and the photoelectrical properties of lipid material in the solid state, and in the form of a bimolecular lipid membrane. This latter structure is the best model system that has yet been developed for the cell membrane. It was the intention to determine whether the lipid material in the solid state and in the form of the bimolecular lipid membranes exhibited any of the semiconductive properties typical of organic materials in the solid state. Also studied was the relationship of the semiconductive characteristics to the functional role played by a membrane in various types of systems in biology. The report presents a synopsis of the research results.
- Physical Chemistry