TANAKA LAB. Physics of Soft Condensed Matter The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering Department of Applied Physics The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science Department of Fundamental Engineering
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Spontaneous Partitioning of Particles in a Membrane System

Spontaneous Partitioning of Particles in a Membrane System Membranes are often used for material partitioning in biological systems and industry. Here we report a novel physical mechanism of particle partitioning using topological transformation of bilayer membranes. Upon phase separation of a homogeneous sponge phase of a membrane system into a dense sponge and a water phase, we found quite unusual partitioning behavior of particles into the cellar structure of a water phase. The compartments next to one having particles always have no particles, and those next to a compartment having no particles always have particles. We confirm that this partitioning is purely geometrically induced, and thus it may be universal.