Direct visualisation of lipid bilayer cubic phases using Atomic Force Microscopy
Rittman, M., Frischherz, M., Burgmann, F., Hartley, P. G. and Squires, A. (2010) Direct visualisation of lipid bilayer cubic phases using Atomic Force Microscopy. Soft Matter, 6 (17). pp. 4058-4061. ISSN 1744-683X
To link to this article DOI: 10.1039/c002968h
Inverse bicontinuous cubic (Q(II)) phases are nanostructured materials formed by lipid self-assembly. We have successfully imaged thin films of hydrated Q(II) phases from two different systems using AFM. The images show periodic arrays of water channels with spacing and symmetry consistent with published SAXS data on the bulk materials.