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Dielectric Relaxation in Biological Systems: Physical Principles, Methods, and Applications

Valerica Raicu and Yuri Feldman


This book covers the theoretical basis, experimental methods, and practical applications of the dielectric properties of biological systems, such as water, electrolytes and polyelectrolytes, solutions of biological macromolecules, cell suspensions, and cellular systems. The first six chapters cover theoretical, methodological, and experimental aspects of relaxation and dispersion in biological dielectrics at molecular, cellular, and cellular aggregate levels. Applications are presented in the following eight chapters, which are organized in the order of increased complexity, beginning with pur ... More

Keywords: dielectric spectroscopy, dielectric relaxation, water, amino acids, peptides, protein solutions, membrane proteins, cell suspensions, issues, biophysics

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199686513
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686513.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valerica Raicu, editor
Professor, Physics Department and Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin

Yuri Feldman, editor
Professor, Applied Physics Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Historical Overview

Ronald Pethig

Part 1 Theoretical Background

1.1 Elementary Theory of the Interaction of Electromagnetic Fields with Dielectric Materials

Yuri Feldman, Paul Ben Ishai, Alexander Puzenko, and Valerică Raicu

1.3 Dielectric Models and Computer Simulations for Complex Aggregates

Valerică Raicu, Katsuhisa Sekine, and Koji Asami

Part 2Experimental Methods and Techniques

2.1 Experimental Methods

Udo Kaatze, Yuri Feldman, Paul Ben Ishai, Anna Greenbaum (Gutina), and Valerică Raicu

2.2 Electrode Polarization

Yuri Feldman, Paul Ben Ishai, and Valerică Raicu

2.3 Analysis of Experimental Data and Fitting Problems

Anna Greenbaum (Gutina), Paul Ben Ishai, and Yuri Feldman

Part 3 Applications

3.2 Amino Acids and Peptides

Irina Ermolina and Yuri Feldman

3.3 Dielectric Spectroscopy of Hydrated Biomacromolecules

Masahiro Nakanishi and Alexei P. Sokolov

3.4 Proteins in Solutions and Natural Membranes

Irina Ermolina, Yoshihito Hayashi, Valerică Raicu, and Yuri Feldman