This Hot Paper describes the use of a Monte Carlo model to explore the spectrum of vesicle shapes engendered by an in-plane nematic field. The study of these complex morphologies can lead to further understanding of cellular organelles, such as the endoplasmic reticulum the Golgi and the mitochondria. In addition, the disclination dynamics on deformable surfaces can also be studied.
Role of disclinations in determining the morphology of deformable fluid interfaces
N. Ramakrishnan , John H. Ipsen and P. B. Sunil Kumar
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 3058-3061, DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07384F