Kinetics of cluster growth in polar solutions of fullerene: Experimental and theoretical study of C 60/NMP solution

T. V. Tropin, N. Jargalan, M. V. Avdeev, O. A. Kyzyma, R. A. Eremin, D. Sangaa, V. L. Aksenov

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Theoretical models for describing the kinetics of fullerene cluster growth in C 60 solutions in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) are presented. First, a detailed review of current state of experimental investigation of C 60/NMP is given. The relation between C 60-NMP complex formation, cluster growth and their impact on solvatochromism is discussed. Next, a theoretical approach for description of cluster growth, based on kinetic equations of segregation, is proposed. Two modifications of basic approach are given. First one treats cluster growth in a supersaturated solution of C 60, where new complex formation eventually limits growth of aggregates. In the second model a two-step process of cluster growth is considered: complex formation and cluster growth. The solution of C 60-NMP complexes is supersaturated, while initial, "free" C 60 does not aggregate. For each model a procedure for obtaining parameters is proposed and the parameter values are estimated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-11
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Molecular Liquids
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2012


  • Aggregation
  • Cluster growth
  • Fullerene solutions
  • Kinetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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