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Lipid membranes in contact with aqueous phases of polymer solutions

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In this highlight, we describe recent developments in research on lipid vesicles encapsulating aqueous two-phase polymer solutions. Special emphasis is given on the morphological changes of the vesicles and the membrane transformations induced by the phase separation process, and on the interactions of the lipid bilayers with the phases. These interactions lead to a variety of interesting wetting phenomena and to the formation of membrane nanotubes. Future directions and possible developments in this research field are also discussed.

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The article was received on 03 Feb 2012, accepted on 14 Mar 2012 and first published on 18 Apr 2012


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25261A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 6409-6415
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    Lipid membranes in contact with aqueous phases of polymer solutions

    R. Dimova and R. Lipowsky, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 6409
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25261A

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