Supported Lipid Membranes Potentials and Pitfalls

Date: Tuesday October 14, 2008
Time: 12:00 noon, Lunch at 12:30pm
Location: Room 1003 Kemper

Professor Tonya Kuhl, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and BME, UC Davis

Supported Lipid Membranes Potentials and Pitfalls
ECE overlap: sensor materials and technology, sensor networks, information processing, carrier/ion transport

In nature, membranes perform several functions of the living cell from selective transport and recognition, to simple sequestration. In general, the membrane consists of a single bilayer or in special cases, such as the lung surfactants, a single monolayer. Using powerful new neutron and x-ray sources, the techniques of reflectivity and grazing incidence diffraction permit us to obtain precise structural information for single, substrate supported membranes in bulk water. Utilization of supported membranes for protein crystallization and biosensor development will be highlighted.

Format: A brief talk for faculty and students will be followed by discussions over a brown-bag, pizza lunch for faculty.