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Title: Electrohydrodynamics of a compound vesicle under an AC electric field
Authors: Sinha, Kumari Priti
Thaokar R.M.
Published in: Journal of Physics Condensed Matter
Abstract: Compound vesicles are relevant as simplified models for biological cells as well as in technological applications such as drug delivery. Characterization of these compound vesicles, especially the inner vesicle, remains a challenge. Similarly their response to electric field assumes importance in light of biomedical applications such as electroporation. Fields lower than that required for electroporation cause electrodeformation in vesicles and can be used to characterize their mechanical and electrical properties. A theoretical analysis of the electrohydrodynamics of a compound vesicle with outer vesicle of radius R o and an inner vesicle of radius , is presented. A phase diagram for the compound vesicle is presented and elucidated using detailed plots of electric fields, free charges and electric stresses. The electrohydrodynamics of the outer vesicle in a compound vesicle shows a prolate-sphere and prolate-oblate-sphere shape transitions when the conductivity of the annular fluid is greater than the outer fluid, and vice-versa respectively, akin to single vesicle electrohydrodynamics reported in the literature. The inner vesicle in contrast shows sphere-prolate-sphere and sphere-prolate-oblate-sphere transitions when the inner fluid conductivity is greater and smaller than the annular fluid, respectively. Equations and methodology are provided to determine the bending modulus and capacitance of the outer as well as the inner membrane, thereby providing an easy way to characterize compound vesicles and possibly biological cells. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Journal of Physics Condensed Matter, 29(27)
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
Keywords: biomembranes
compound vesicles
ISSN: 9538984
Author Scopus IDs: 55813531200
Author Affiliations: Sinha, K.P., Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, 400 076, India
Thaokar, R.M., Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, 400 076, India
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