He was famous for research on the structure and the permeability of cell membranes, developing a physical-chemical model in collaboration with the physiologist Hugh Davson. This became known as the Davson-Danielli or "protein sandwich" model. He also carried out studies on the chemistry of enzymes and proteins and tried to construct an artificial "cell".
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- Danielli, J. F.; Davson, H. (1935). "A contribution to the theory of permeability of thin films". Journal of Cellular and Comparative Physiology. 5 (4): 495. doi:10.1002/jcp.1030050409.
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