Surface viscosity, diffusion and intermonolayer friction: simulating sheared amphiphilic bilayers

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Abstract

The flow properties of an amphiphilic bilayer are studied in molecular dynamics simulations, by exposing a coarse grained model bilayer to two shear flows directed along the bilayer surface. The first field, with a vorticity perpendicular to the bilayer, induces a regular shear deformation, allowing a direct calculation of the surface viscosity. In experiments this property is measured indirectly, by relating it to the diffusion coefficient of a tracer particle through the Saffman-Einstein expression. The current calculations provide an independent test of this relation. The second flow field, with a vorticity parallel to the bilayer, causes the two constituent monolayers to slide past one another, yielding the interlayer friction coefficient.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-829
Number of pages7
JournalBiophysical journal
Volume89
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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