A Poisson – Boltzmann approach for a lipid membrane in an electric field


The behavior of a non-conductive quasi-planar lipid membrane in an electrolyte and in a static (dc) electric field is investigated theoretically in the nonlinear (Poisson–Boltzmann) regime. Electrostatic effects due to charges in the membrane lipids and in the double layers lead to corrections to the membrane elastic moduli, which are analyzed here. We show… (More)


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