Authors: Z.-W. Yu 1 and Y. Liu 1
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  • 1 Tsinghua University Department of Chemistry Beijing 100084 P. R. China Beijing 100084 P. R. China
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Abstract  

The phase behaviour and phase stability of lipids are of importance in an understanding of the biological functions of cell membranes. Among a variety of physical techniques employed to study the phase behaviour and structural properties of polar lipids, differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction have proved to be successful and are the most frequently used methods. Applications involving a combination of the two techniques, particularly when synchrotron radiation is used as the light source of X-ray diffraction, are reviewed in this article.