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Langmuir. 2007 Aug 28;23(18):9134-9. Epub 2007 Jul 27.

Micro-BLMs on highly ordered porous silicon substrates: rupture process and lateral mobility.

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  • 1Institut für Organische und Biomolekulare Chemie, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany.


In a recent paper, we hypothesized that the continuous increase in membrane conductance observed for nano-BLMs is the result of an independent rupturing of single membranes or membrane patches covering the pores of the porous material. To prove this hypothesis, we prepared micro-BLMs on porous silicon substrates with a pore size of 7 mum. The upper surface of the silicon substrate was coated with a gold layer, followed by the chemisorption of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphothioethanol (DPPTE) and subsequent addition of a droplet of 1,2-diphytanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPhPC) dissolved in n-decane. The lipid membranes were fluorescently labeled and investigated by means of fluorescence microscopy and impedance spectroscopy. Impedance spectroscopy revealed the formation of pore-suspending bilayers with high membrane resistance. Increases in membrane capacitance and membrane conductance were observed. This increase in membrane conductance could be unambiguously related to the individual rupturing of membranes suspending the pores of the porous material as visualized by means of fluorescence microscopy. Moreover, by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching experiments, we investigated the lateral mobility of the lipids within the micro-BLMs leading to a mean effective diffusion coefficient of Deff = (14 +/- 1) microm2/s.

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