Phase separation in lipid bilayers
If time permits, I will also discuss work-in-progress on the size scales of the ordered-phase domains and on the way membrane adhesion has been seen to promote formation of ordered phases. The latter is of interest for technological and scientific reasons: it points the way toward a scheme for controlled patterning of vesicle surfaces, and it also indicates possibilities for developement of a model system to study what happens when cells adhere to and interact with each other and their extracellular environment.
This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..