Relaxation dynamics of two-component fluid bilayer membranes

Ryuichi Okamoto, Yuichi Kanemori, Shigeyuki Komura, Jean Baptiste Fournier

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Abstract.: We theoretically investigate the relaxation dynamics of a nearly flat binary lipid bilayer membrane by taking into account the membrane tension, hydrodynamics of the surrounding fluid, inter-monolayer friction and mutual diffusion. Mutual diffusion is the collective irreversible process that leads to homogenization of the density difference between the two lipid species. We find that two relaxation modes associated with the mutual diffusion appear in addition to the three previously discussed relaxation modes reflecting the bending and compression of the membrane. Because of the symmetry, only one of the two diffusive modes is coupled to the bending mode. The two diffusive modes are much slower than the bending and compression modes in the entire realistic wave number range. This means that the long time relaxation behavior is dominated by the mutual diffusion in binary membranes. The two diffusive modes become even slower in the vicinity of the unstable region towards phase separation, while the other modes are almost unchanged. In short time scales, on the other hand, the lipid composition heterogeneity induces in-plane compression and bending of the bilayer. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number52
JournalEuropean Physical Journal E
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Soft Matter: Interfacial Phenomena and Nanostructured Surfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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