Effect of C60 on solid supported lipid bilayers

Tighe A. Spurlin, Andrew A. Gewirth

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We show that water-soluble fullerenes accumulate on the surface of zwitterionic and cationic supported bilayers to different extents. We propose on the basis of bilayer thicknesses, phase-transition temperatures, and fullerene movement that the water-soluble fullerenes do not penetrate into the hydrocarbon tails of supported bilayers. These findings are important to toxicity issues concerning fullerene materials and the development of decorated lipid bilayers for future drug delivery or sensor application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-535
Number of pages5
JournalNano letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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