Giant vesicles or giant liposomes are supramolecular assemblies of amphiphiles, surface active substances which normally contain one or two hydrophobic chains and one hydrophilic head. Due to their relatively large size, giant vesicles are easily observed by light microscopy.
This volume provides an overview of ideas and results obtained from experimental studies as well as theoretical approaches. A wide variety of aspects ranging from pure mathematics and physical considerations to biochemical and biological applications are covered.
Historical and fundamental aspects are discussed as well as a range of experimental approaches including the micromanipulation and micropuncturing of single giant vesicles.
87 international contributors comment on a wide range of issues contained under the five main part headings:
Basic Theoretical Aspects
Chemical and Biological Aspects.
Giant Vesicles has been written for researchers in the fields of chemistry,
biochemistry and biophysics, working in supra-molecular chemistry, surfactant science, liposome and