Imperial College London

Dr Nick Brooks

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Reader in Membrane Biophysics



+44 (0)20 7594 2677n.brooks Website




207JMolecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus






BibTex format

author = {Barriga, H and Ces, O and Law, R and Seddon, J and Brooks, N},
doi = {10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b02336},
journal = {Langmuir: the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids},
pages = {16521--16527},
title = {Engineering swollen cubosomes using cholesterol and anionic lipids},
url = {},
volume = {35},
year = {2019}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Dispersions of non-lamellar lipid membrane assemblies are gaining increasing interest for drug delivery and protein therapeutic application. A key bottleneck has been the lack of rational design rules for these systems linking different lipid species and conditions to defined lattice parameters and structures. We have developed robust methods to form cubosomes (nanoparticles with a porous internal structure) with water channel diameters of up to 171 Å which are over 4 times larger than archetypal cubosome structures. The water channel diameter can be tuned via the incorporation of cholesterol and the charged lipids DOPA, DOPG or DOPS. We have found that large molecules can be incorporated into the porous cubosome structure and these molecules can interact with the internal cubosome membrane. This offers huge potential for accessible encapsulation and protection of biomolecules, and development of confined interfacial reaction environments.
AU - Barriga,H
AU - Ces,O
AU - Law,R
AU - Seddon,J
AU - Brooks,N
DO - 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b02336
EP - 16527
PY - 2019///
SN - 0743-7463
SP - 16521
TI - Engineering swollen cubosomes using cholesterol and anionic lipids
T2 - Langmuir: the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids
UR -
UR -
VL - 35
ER -