On the Nernst-Planck equation

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This review first discusses Nernst's and Planck's early papers on electro-diffusion, the brief priority conflict that followed, and the role these papers played in shaping the emerging concept of membrane excitability. The second part discusses in greater detail the constraints of the Nernst-Planck theory, and shows more recent examples of its applicability for neuronal modelling.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10.3233/JIN-170008
Pages (from-to)73-91
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Integrative Neuroscience (JIN)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2017


  • electro-diffusion
  • history of science
  • diffusion potential
  • ions
  • Membrane Potential
  • Cable equation
  • Goldman equation
  • drift-diffusion


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