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Effects of external electric fields on the self-assembly of phospholipids/water mixtures—coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations

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Abstract

Coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations were conducted to study the effects of external electric fields on the self-assembly of phospholipids. The results show that an applied electric field is able to lead to an inverted cylinder self-assembled phase, while the self-assembled phase is the lamellar structure in the absence of applied electric field. The inverted cylinder self-assembled phase is metastable even if the applied field is removed after its formation, thereby suggesting an effective way to design and fabricate self-assembled phases of phospholipids in water by applying an electric field.

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The article was received on 13 May 2011, accepted on 06 Jul 2011 and first published on 25 Aug 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05883E
Soft Matter, 2011,7, 9307-9310

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    Effects of external electric fields on the self-assembly of phospholipids/water mixtures—coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations

    S. Sun, J. T. Y. Wong and T. Zhang, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 9307
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05883E

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