Stability of water-stable C60 clusters to OH radical oxidation and hydrated electron reduction

Jaesang Lee, Weihua Song, Seung S. Jang, John D. Fortner, Pedro J.J. Alvarez, William J. Cooper, Jae Hong Kim

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Reactions of water-stable C60 clusters (nC60) in water with OH radicals (•OH) and hydrated electrons (eaq -), generated by steady-state γ-radiation, were observed and characterized. Ordered C60 clusters were relatively recalcitrant to highly reactive •OH and eaq- species, with only a fraction of carbons oxidized and reduced, respectively. Pulse radiolysis suggested that the reactions of nC60 with OH• and e aq- were diffusion limited, with rate constants of (7.34 ± 0.31) - 109 M-1 s-1 and (2.34 ± 0.02) - 1010 M-1 s-1, respectively. Quantum mechanical calculations of binding energy of the C60-OH adduct as a function of C60 clustering degree indicate, despite an initial fast reaction, a slower overall conversion due to thermodynamic instability of C 60-OH intermediates. The results imply that ordered clustering of C60 in the aqueous phase significantly hinders C60s fundamental reactivity with radical species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3786-3792
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry


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