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Advances in Physical Chemistry
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 210802, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/210802
Research Article

Transport of Carbon Dioxide through a Biomimetic Membrane

1Faculty of Physics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 5 James Bourchier Boulerard, 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria
2Faculty of Chemistry, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 1 James Bourchier Boulerard, 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria

Received 30 September 2010; Revised 15 June 2011; Accepted 5 July 2011

Academic Editor: Jan Skov Pedersen

Copyright © 2011 Efstathios Matsaridis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Biomimetic membranes (BMM) based on polymer filters impregnated with lipids or their analogues are widely applied in numerous areas of physics, biology, and medicine. In this paper we report the design and testing of an electrochemical system, which allows the investigation of CO2 transport through natural membranes such as alveoli barrier membrane system and also can be applied for solid-state measurements. The experimental setup comprises a specially designed two-compartment cell with BMM connected with an electrochemical workstation placed in a Faraday cage, two PH meters, and a nondispersive infrared gas analyzer. We prove, experimentally, that the CO2 transport through the natural membranes under different conditions depends on pH and displays a similar behavior as natural membranes. The influence of different drugs on the CO2 transport process through such membranes is discussed.