Elastic properties of self-assembled bilayer membranes: Analytic expressions via asymptotic expansion.J Chem Phys. 2020 Jun 28; 152(24):244121.JC
Bilayer membranes self-assembled from amphiphilic molecules are ubiquitous in biological and soft matter systems. The elastic properties of bilayer membranes are essential in determining the shape and structure of bilayers. A novel method to calculate the elastic moduli of the self-assembled bilayers within the framework of the self-consistent field theory is developed based on an asymptotic expansion of the order parameters in terms of the bilayer curvature. In particular, the asymptotic expansion method is used to derive analytic expressions of the elastic moduli, which allows us to design more efficient numerical schemes. The efficiency of the proposed method is illustrated by a model system composed of flexible amphiphilic chains dissolved in hydrophilic polymeric solvents.