Photochemical and photophysical properties of sequentially functionalized fullerenes in the aqueous phase

Samuel D. Snow, Jaesang Lee, Jae Hong Kim

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The vast range of C60 derivatives makes it difficult to assess the potential environmental impact of this class of materials, while past environmental studies mostly focused only on pristine C60. Central to derivatized C60's potential to negatively impact (micro)biological receptors upon unintended release is its unique property of mediating the transfer of light energy to ambient oxygen, producing 1O2. To initiate the process of establishing a thorough understanding of the photoinduced adverse biological effects of functionalized fullerenes and their aqueous dispersions, the photochemical properties relevant to 1O 2 production were evaluated using three selected series of mono-, bis-, and tris-adducted fullerene materials. Differential 1O 2 production of derivatives in toluene were explained by spectral variations under visible and UVA light conditions. Of the nine functionalities studied only aggregates of two positively charged derivatives showed significant photoactivity under experimental conditions. Laser flash photolysis revealed a triplet excited state in the photoactive aggregates with a sufficiently long lifetime to be quenched by 3O2. Dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and electron diffraction patterns revealed aggregates with sizes typical of aqueous C60 colloids that varied in crystallinity based on functionality. Results raised questions about our current understanding of the photoactivity of fullerene aggregates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13227-13234
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 18
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry


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