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Deposition of Protein Multilayers

Nature volume 143, pages 721722 (29 April 1939) | Download Citation



SEVERAL workers1,2 have built up multilayers from proteins spread at the water-air interface, using some modification of Blodgett's technique3, and drying the wet slide between each dip. It has sometimes been assumed that this procedure deposits a monolayer of protein on the slide at each movement of the piston and that the thickness of the resultant multilayer is a simple multiple of the thickness of the surface film of the protein on water, also that this thickness is a measure of the lengths of the side chains in the protein.

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  1. Department of Colloid Science, University, Cambridge.

    • R. B. DEAN
    • , O. GATTY
    •  & E. STENHAGEN


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