Portland State University. Department of Physics
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics
1 online resource (47 p.)
Pentachlorophenol, Lipid membranes, Electric conductivity, Biological transport
The effects of pentachlorophenol (PCP), a widely used pesticide, on the electrical characteristics of lipid bilayer membranes has been studied. When a small amount of PCP (even at a concentration of a few micromoles per liter) is present in the electrolytic solution surrounding the membrane, the electrical conductivity of the membrane significantly increases. The present work was concerned with detailed measurements of the changes in the conductivity caused by PCP under chemically controlled conditions. The experimental results were analyzed to determine the permanent species in the membrane, and an attempt was made to correlate the data with existing models of transport.
Perman, William Harvey, "The effects of pentachlorophenol on the electrical conductivity of lipid bilayer membranes" (1974). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2062.