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Giant vesicles in electric fields

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This review is dedicated to electric field effects on giant unilamellar vesicles, a cell-size membrane system. We summarize various types of behavior observed when vesicles are subjected either to weak AC fields at various frequency, or to strong DC pulses. Different processes such as electro-deformation, -poration and -fusion of giant vesicles are considered. We describe some recent developments, which allowed us to detect the dynamics of the vesicle response with a resolution below milliseconds for all of these processes. Novel aspects on electric field effects on vesicles in the gel phase are introduced.

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The article was received on 09 Mar 2007, accepted on 17 Apr 2007 and first published on 04 May 2007

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B703580B
Citation: Soft Matter, 2007,3, 817-827

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    Giant vesicles in electric fields

    R. Dimova, K. A. Riske, S. Aranda, N. Bezlyepkina, R. L. Knorr and R. Lipowsky, Soft Matter, 2007, 3, 817
    DOI: 10.1039/B703580B

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