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Sweetness and Light: Laser-Light Scattering of Lipid-Sugar-Water Mixtures

Prof. Paul Harper, Students Rachel Boerner and Tom Wilhelm
Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 3:45pm, Science Building 110

Lipids, sugars, and water are fundamental elements in biological systems and form an interesting array of structures, including the lamellar phase (commonly found in cells) and the hexagonal phase (pictured).     These phases are highly temperature sensitive, as well as dependent on sugar concentration.   We present our work on the effects of several monosaccharides and disaccharides, revealing some interesting patterns and puzzles.

Hexagonal Phase

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