An electromechanical liquid crystal model of vesicles

@inproceedings{Gao2008AnEL,
  title={An electromechanical liquid crystal model of vesicles},
  author={Ling-Tian Gao and Xi-Qiao Feng and Yajun Yin and Huajian Gao},
  year={2008}
}
An electromechanical liquid crystal model is developed for characterizing the equilibrium morphology of a lipid vesicle under coupled mechanical and electrical fields. A general equation that governs the vesicle shape is established, which incorporates the effects of elastic bending, osmotic pressure, surface tension, Maxwell pressure, as well as flexoelectric and dielectric properties of the lipid membrane. As an illustration of the model, the problem of an axisymmetric vesicle (e.g., a sphere… CONTINUE READING

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