"Offers a concise, logically organized survey of vesicular science and the practical applications of vesicles--including the latest advances in drug delivery. Contains over 2500 helpful citations to the literature, more than 220 drawings and photographs, many in color, and some 350 equations. Presents important topics that indicate the current scope and direction of vesicular research."
". . .an up-to-date survey of the various associated forms of phospholipids, with particular emphasis on unilamellar and multilamellar vesicles. . . . . .enjoyable to read. . . . . .a source of detailed information. . .recommended unreservedly. "
Physical and surface chemistry: the relationship and interactions between lipid bilayers vesicles and lipid monolayers at the air/water interface; physical and chemical aspects of liposomes and some of their applications; formation and structure of reverse vesicles; thermodynamics and kinetics of inhomogeneous distribution of lipid membrane components; interaction of surfactants with phospholipid vesicles; shape fluctuation of vesicles; methods: characterization of vesicles and vesicular dispersions via scattering techniques; fluorescence probing of vesicles using pyrene and pyrene derivatives; the mechanochemistry of lipid vesicles examined by micropipet manipulation techniques; drug delivery: liposomes in drug delivery; liposomes and lipidic particles in gene therapy; liposomal amphotericin B(AmBisome): realization of the drug delivery concept; vesicles as topical drug delivery systems; diverse applications: photoenergy harvesting on two-dimensional vesicular assemblies; vesicles as imaging agents; liposomes in In Vivo immunology; triggered release from liposomes mediated by physically and chemically induced phase transitions.