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Self-assembling phospholipid tubules

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  • Dr. Joel M. Schnur,

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    1. Center for Bio/Molecular Science & Engineering Code 6900, Naval Research Laboratory Washington, DC 20375 (USA)
    • Center for Bio/Molecular Science & Engineering Code 6900, Naval Research Laboratory Washington, DC 20375 (USA)
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  • Dr. Ranganathan Shashidhar

    1. Center for Bio/Molecular Science & Engineering Code 6900, Naval Research Laboratory Washington, DC 20375 (USA)
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  • The work described in this article was supported in part by NRL, ONR, and ARPA. We wish to thank Dr. S. Baral, Dr. Y. S. Ho, Dr. B. Ratna and Dr. J. Selinger for the unpublished work cited in the article. Thanks are also due to Dr. A. Singh for many useful suggestions.

Abstract

Lipid-based tubules serve as models for the development of advanced materials based upon molecular self-assembly. The processes by which tubules are formed and how they are coated with metals (nickel in the Figure) or used as templates in order to increase the strength of the final material are described. Their electrical and magnetic properties are discussed.

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