Q. Du
Qiang's research Gallery 5                
    Elastic vesicle membrane, cell deformation


The usual vesicle membranes are formed by bilayers of lipid molecules. These lipid membranes exist everywhere in life and compartmentalize living matter into cells and subcellular structures and present themselves as highly structured interfaces which are essential for many biological functions The equilibrium shapes of bilayer vesicle membranes have been successfully modeled via the minimization of certain shape energy such as the elastic bending energy. Recently, we have developed effective phase field bending elasticity models and simulation tools for such problems.
   Twin-bubble    disco-cytes
   stoma-tocytes    torus
   Hersey-kiss    dupin-cyclide
List of collaborators: Chun Liu, Xiangqiang Wang, Jian Zhang, Sovan Das

Some references:

Some slides, Slide 1 , Slide 2 , Slide 3 , Slide 4 , Slide 5 , Slide 6 .
A phase field approach in the numerical study of the elastic bending energy for vesicle membranes
by Q. Du, C. Liu and X. Wang, J. Computational Physics, 198, pp450-468, 2004
A phase field formulation of the Willmore problem ,
by Q. Du, C. Liu, R. Ryham and X. Wang, Nonlinearity, 18, pp.1249-1267, 2005.
Retrieving Topological Information for Phase Field Models
by Q. Du, C. Liu, and X. Wang, SIAM J. Appl. Math, 65, pp. 1913-1932, 2005
Modeling the spontaneous curvature effects in static cell membrane deformations by a phase field formulation
by Q. Du, C. Liu, R. Ryham and X. Wang, Comm Pure Appl Anal, 4, pp.537-548, 2005
Simulating the deformation of vesicle membranes under elastic bending energy in three dimensions
by Q. Du, C. Liu, and X. Wang, J. Computational Phys., 212, pp.757-777, 2005
Modeling Vesicle Deformations in Flow Fields via Energetic Variational Approaches
by Q. Du, C. Liu, R. Ryham and X. Wang, submitted for publication, 2005
Analysis of a Mixed Finite Element Method for a Phase Field Bending Elasticity Model of Vesicle Membrane Deformation
by Q. Du and L. Zhu, J. Computational Math., 24, pp.265-280, 2006.
Convergence of numerical approximations to a phase field bending elasticity model of membrane deformations
by Q. Du and X. Wang, Inter. J. Numer. Anal and Modeling, 4, pp.441-459, 2007.
Analysis of a Phase Field Navier-Stokes Vesicle-Fluid Interaction Model,
by Q. Du, M. Li and C. Liu, Disc. Cont. Dyn. Sys. B, 8, No3, pp.539-556, 2007
Modelling and Simulations of Multi-component Lipid Membranes and Open Membranes via Diffusive Interface Approaches,
by X. Wang and Q. Du, J. Mathematical Biology, 56, no3, pp.347-371, 2008
Adaptive Finite Element Method for a Phase Field Bending Elasticity Model of Vesicle Membrane Deformations,
by Q. Du and J. Zhang, SIAM J. Sci. Comp., 30, no3, pp.1634-1657, 2008
Adhesion of vesicles to curved substrates,
by S. Das and Q. Du, Phys. Rev. E, 77, 011907(1-7), 2008
A phase field model for vesicle-substrate adhesion,
by J. Zhang, S. Das and Q. Du, J. Computational Phys. , 228, pp.7837-7849, 2009
Adhesion of Multi-component Vesicle Membranes
, by Y. Zhao, S. Das and Q. Du, Phys. Rev. E, 81, 041919, 2010
(Selected for the May 1, 2010 issue of Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research).
A Diffuse Interface Model of Multi-component Vesicle Adhesion and Fusion
, by Y. Zhao and Q. Du, Physical Rev E, 84, pp.011903, 2011.
Phase field calculus, curvature-dependent energies, and vesicle membranes
, by Q. Du, Philosophical Magazine, 91, pp.165-181, 2011

Slides at IMA summer school 2013
Lectures part I --Lectures part II --Lectures part III

Contact  Qiang Du  2003-04-08