Publication Title

Physical Review E

Publication Date

2-24-2004

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevE.69.021703

Keywords

achiral molecules, phase-behavior, transitions, mesogens

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

Lipids are the main constituents of biological cell membranes, and their liquid crystalline properties play a crucial role in cell functions. We have discovered that dodecyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside glycolipid layers can be electrically polarized in supramolecular structures of glycolipid and bent-core ("banana-shape") molecules. Interestingly the glycolipid molecules, known to be excellent chiral dopants, are not able to transfer their chirality to the bent-core layers. Our observations indicate that glycolipid molecules self-assemble into pairs of tilted and antiferroelectric double layers, sandwiched between layers of bent-core molecules. These systems may provide a basis for understanding "bioferroelectricity," which is important in biological cell membrane functions.

Comments

Copyright 2004 American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.69.021703


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