Multilayer vesicles and vesicle clusters formed by the fullerene-based surfactant C60(CH3)5K

Christian Burger, Jingcheng Hao, Qicong Ying, Hiroyuki Isobe, Masaya Sawamura, Eiichi Nakamura, Benjamin Chu

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    The self-assembly behavior of a fullerene-based surfactant, C 60(CH3)5K, in water was studied using a combination of static and dynamic light scattering, as well as transmission electron microscopy, and compared to that of the compound C60(C 6H5)5K. Both fullerene surfactant systems spontaneously assemble into large vesicles consisting of closed spherical shells formed by bilayers, with critical aggregation concentrations (CAC) lower than 10-6 gml-1. At low concentrations, the aggregate sizes of C60(CH3)5K (radius R∼26.8 nm) and C 60(C6H5)5K (R∼17.0 nm) were found to be substantially different from each other, showing that the change of the substituents surrounding the polar cyclopentadienide head group makes it possible to control the size of the resulting aggregates. Furthermore, the C60(CH3)5K vesicles were found to exist in two qualitatively different types of aggregation with a critical reaggregation concentration (CRC) located at 3.30×10-6 gml-1. Above the CRC, larger aggregates were observed (R∼37.6 nm), showing a more complex form of supramolecular aggregation, e.g., in terms of multi-bilayer vesicles and/or of clusters of bilayer vesicles.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)632-641
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul 15


    • Aggregation
    • Dynamic laser light scattering
    • Fullerenes
    • Static laser light scattering
    • Surfactants
    • Vesicles

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Biomaterials
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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