Mass Transfer Phenomena in Electroporation

Alexander Golberg*, Boris Rubinsky

*Corresponding author for this work

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Electroporation is a biophysical phenomenon in which cell membrane permeability is increased through externally applied pulsed electric fields. This membrane permeability increase is used for many applications in biotechnology, medicine and the food industry. Understanding the transport phenomena through the cell membrane during electroporation is critical for the successful implementation of the electroporation. This chapter focuses primarily on mathematical models of mass transfer related to cell electroporation. The goal of the chapter is also to provide the reader with an introduction to electroporation-mediated mass transport to cells and tissues, and to facilitate a fundamental understanding of the models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransport in Biological Media
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages38
ISBN (Print)9780124158245
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Electrodiffusion
  • Electropermeabilization
  • Electroporation
  • Mass transport
  • Mathematical models
  • Pulsed electric fields


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