Nanometer-sized fluorous fullerene vesicles in water and on solid surfaces

Tatsuya Homma, Koji Harano, Hiroyuki Isobe, Eiichi Nakamura

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    "Chemical Equation Presented" A new twist for bucky balls: A fluorous fullerene amphiphile lacking the conventional polar head /nonpolar tail motif forms a vesicle in water (see picture, F green, C gray), mediated by the cohesive power of fullerene. The fluorous moiety covers the vesicle surface, and vesicle solutions dissolve perfluorooctane. Unlike lipid vesicles, the fluorous vesicle is very robust and retains its spherical shape even on a solid substrate under high vacuum.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1665-1668
    Number of pages4
    JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 2010 Feb 22


    • Fluorine
    • Fullerenes
    • Self-assembly
    • Vesicles
    • Wettability

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Catalysis
    • Chemistry(all)


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