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Diffraction from Bilayers

  1. Huey W Huang

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003941



How to Cite

Huang, H. W. 2006. Diffraction from Bilayers. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


X-ray diffraction provided a direct proof for the hypothesis that the basic structural element of biological membranes is a bimolecular layer of phospholipid molecules. Diffraction from peptide–lipid mixtures can be used to study a great variety of membrane problems.


  • lamellar diffraction;
  • in-plane scattering;
  • phospholipid bilayers;
  • peptide lipid interactions;
  • hydrophobic matching