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Polar-Nonpolar Interfaces of Inverse Bicontinuous Cubic Phases in Phytantriol/Water System are Parallel to Triply Periodic Minimal Surfaces

Oka, Toshihiko; Ohta, Noboru; Hyde, Stephen


We investigated two distinct lyotropic liquid crystal inverse bicontinuous cubic phases of phytantriol/water mixtures by small-angle X-ray crystallography of the singlecrystal regions. Reconstructed electron density maps revealed hydrophilic head and hydrophobic tail regions of the phytantriol bilayer membranes and water regions. The bilayer membranes are shown to be located on the D and gyroid triply periodic minimal surfaces. To investigate the structures of the polar−nonpolar...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Langmuir
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b03320


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