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Recent advances in neutron reflectivity studies of biological membranes

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jeremy LakeyORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Elsevier, 2019.

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Biological membranes are critical living interfaces which not only compartmentalise cells but also provide specific surfaces upon which biochemical reactions take place. Their study is essential for our understanding of life and disease, and also for the development of new pharmaceuticals. Since they are dynamic structures reliant upon the surrounding aqueous phase for their activity, techniques which can probe them at a molecular scale under physiological conditions are crucial to understand their function. Here I describe some of the recent developments in neutron reflectivity (NR) in this research area and suggest where future developments in the technology might be usefully directed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lakey JH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Current Opinions in Colloid and Interface Science

Year: 2019

Volume: 42

Pages: 33-40

Print publication date: 01/08/2019

Online publication date: 05/03/2019

Acceptance date: 26/02/2019

Date deposited: 06/03/2019

ISSN (print): 1359-0294

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0399

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.cocis.2019.02.012


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