Control of self-aggregation of fullerenes by connection with calix[4]arene: Solvent- and guest-effects to particle size

Atsushi Ikeda, Taishin Irisa, Tomoe Hamano, Toyokazu Kitahashi, Yoshihiro Sasaki, Mineo Hashizume, Jun Ichi Kikuchi, Toshifumi Konishi, Seiji Shinkai

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A new molecular design of fullerene derivatives exhibiting trigger-responsive self-aggregation in organic solvents has been established. Calix[4]arene was covalently connected with fullerene in order to apply host-guest interaction to the aggregation control. The self-assembly behaviour was studied in organic solvents by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. Results show that the bisfullerene formed self-aggregations with a low polydispersity index due to the fullerenes' tendency to aggregate in polar organic solvents. Furthermore, the aggregate sizes can be changed readily by solvent composition and the addition of guest cations. Especially, disaggregation of the bisfullerene was induced by addition of LiClO4 or NaClO4.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-523
Number of pages5
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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