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X-ray Study of the Fluctuations and the Interfacial Structure of a Phospholipid Monolayer at an Alkane−Water Interface

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Service de Physique de l'Etat Condensé, Orme des Merisiers, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
CEA/DRFMC/SI3M, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
Cite this: Langmuir 1998, 14, 26, 7327–7330
Publication Date (Web):November 25, 1998
Copyright © 1998 American Chemical Society

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    The interfacial structure and fluctuations of a l-α-dipalmytoilphosphatidylcholine monolayer at the hexadecane/water interface were investigated using grazing-incidence surface scattering of X-ray synchrotron radiation. The interfacial structure of the densely packed monolayer is consistent with that of a similar monolayer at the air/water interface. The fluctuations are shown to be limited by interfacial tension on length-scales down to in-plane wavelengths of a few tens of nanometers. This result at the alkane/water interface demonstrates the power of the X-ray grazing-incidence technique applied to the study of liquid−liquid interfaces.

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     To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail:  [email protected].

     Present address:  European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, B.P. 220, F-38043 Grenoble Cedex, France.

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