Heat-Flux Driven Biomembrane Transport of Matter and Charge

  • F. S. Gaeta
  • D. G. Mita
  • E. Ascolese
  • M. A. Pecorella
  • P. Russo
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 263)


Heat, flowing through material systems composed of condensed phases produces thermal radiation forces, giving thus rise to various effects, some of them probably relevant to biological membrane transport. We shall use a simple physical argument to prove that the heat flux Jq couples with momentum flux Jp, generating pressure in liquid and liquid-solid interfaces. A theorem due to Boltzmann, applied by Ehrenfest to the adiabatic case1, shall be our starting point.


Heat Flux Momentum Flux Sulphate Uptake Outer Medium Transmembrane Flux 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. S. Gaeta
    • 1
  • D. G. Mita
    • 1
  • E. Ascolese
    • 1
  • M. A. Pecorella
    • 1
  • P. Russo
    • 1
  1. 1.Int. Institute of Genetics and Biophysics of C.N.R.NaplesItaly

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