Fluorescence of water-soluble fullerenes in biological systems

Sijie Lin, Donovan X. Jones, Andrew S. Mount, Pu Chun Ke

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Fullerene C70 has been solubilized in aqueous solutions using phenol gallic acid. The supermolecule of C70-gallic acid is hypothesized to be assembled via pi-stacking as well as by caging of gallic acid around single or multiple C70. When excited with light, C 70-gallic acid exhibited two prominent fluorescence peaks at 540 nm and 719 nm. Using confocal fluorescence microscopy we have observed the translocation of C70-gallic acid and their consequent green fluorescence in CHO cells, oyster tissue, and living organism Ceriodaphnia. The resistance of C70-gallic acid to photobleaching combined with the antioxidation property of gallic acid can potentially be utilized for novel biological imaging, sensing, and drug delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2007, Technical Proceedings
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventNanotechnology Conference and Trade Show (Nanotech) 2007 - Santa Clara, United States of America
Duration: 20 May 200724 May 2007


ConferenceNanotechnology Conference and Trade Show (Nanotech) 2007
Abbreviated titleNSTI Nanotech 2007
CountryUnited States of America
CitySanta Clara


  • Fluorescence
  • Fullerenes
  • Gallic acid
  • Solubility

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