Facile synthesis of catechol functionalized aziridinofullerenes for visible light photocatalysis applications

Subramaniyan Ramasundaram, Se Won Hwang, Jaesang Lee, Jinyoung Jung, Kyoung Jin Choi, Seok Won Hong

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Using nitrene chemistry, catechol functionalized aziridinofullerenes (CAC60) were synthesized by reacting N-(3-azidopropyl)-2-(3,4- dihydroxyphenyl)acetamide with C60. Synthesis of CAC60 was confirmed by Fourier-transform infrared, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, and Thermogravimetric analysis. The photocatalytic activity of CAC60 was evaluated by measuring photodegradation of a pharmaceutical compound, cimetidine. CAC60 exhibited the instantaneous adsorption of cimetidine, followed by effective photooxidation under visible as well as ultraviolet irradiations. From the comparison of photodegradation behaviors of unmodified control C60, amine functionalized aziridinofullerenes, and CAC60, we concluded that the aziridine and catechol moieties were responsible for the visible light activity and hydrophilicity of CAC 60, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Green City Technology Flagship Program funded by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology ( KIST-2013–2E23972 ).


  • Catechol
  • Fullerene
  • Nitrene chemistry
  • Photocatalysis
  • Visible light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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