This paper develops a non-equilibrium thermodynamic approach to life, with particular regards to the membrane role. The Onsager phenomenological coefficients are introduced in order to point out the thermophysical properties of the cell systems. The fundamental role of the cell membrane electric potential is highlighted, in relation to ions and heat fluxes, pointing out the strictly relation between heat exchange and the membrane electric potential. A Seebeck-like and Peltier-like effects emerge in order to simplify the description of the heat and the ions fluxes. Life is described as a continuos transition between the Peltier-like effect to the Seebeck-like one, and viceversa.
How Life Works — A Continuous Seebeck-Peltier Transition in Cell Membrane? / Lucia, U.; Grisolia, G.. - In: ENTROPY. - ISSN 1099-4300. - STAMPA. - 22(2020), pp. 960-964.
|Titolo:||How Life Works — A Continuous Seebeck-Peltier Transition in Cell Membrane?|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/e22090960|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|