Curvature-induced lipid sorting

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By pulling tethers from realistic plasma membranes we have been able to identify to what extent lipids are being sorted as a result of curvature. We show that some lipids are depleted from highly curved regions, whereas other are being enriched. But everything also depends on the pulling direction, as the plasma membrane is asymmetric. For details, see the paper which is now available online in the new flagship journal of Wiley:

S. Baoukina, H.I. Ingólfsson, S.J. Marrink, D.P. Tieleman. Curvature‐Induced Sorting of Lipids in Plasma Membrane Tethers. Advanced Theory and Simulations,


Martini 3.0 before the Summer

The long awaited (beta) release date of the new Martini 3.0 model is finally there: July 1st, 2018.

Less than 1 week to go, and all your Martini worries will be gone !

Review on supramolecular systems

Interested in supramolecular self-assembly ? Check out this review from our group, featuring many Martini-based simulations:

P.W.J.M. Frederix, I. Patmanidis, S.J. Marrink. Molecular simulations of self-assembling bio-inspired supramolecular systems and their connection to experiments. Chem. Soc. Review, in press, 2018. doi:10.1039/C8CS00040A

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Martini 3 cocktail release

With a major new release of the Martini force field (Martini 3.0) imminent, it is also appropriate to perform an update on the inspiration for the force field: the Martini cocktail. We know the Classic Martini, Vodka Martini, Dirty Martini, Perfect Martini, Dry Martini and other, but after an evening of hard work we now have the official Martini 3.0 cocktail too! See here for a detailed decription how to mix it. Enjoy !

Martini webinar

Interested to hear about the ins and outs of the Martini model ? Register for the forthcoming Martini webinar, April 18th !

Update: in case you missed it, you can find the recorded webinar on youtube

Doping with Martini

A nice example of how Martini can help you improving your performance, featuring the first Martini 3.0 dope:

Liu, Qiu, Alessandri, et al., Enhancing Molecular n-Type Doping of Donor–Acceptor Copolymers by Tailoring Side Chains. Advanced Materials, 2018, online.