Ammonium-crown ether interactions for the construction of fullerene-containing photoactive supramolecular devices

Jean François Nierengarten, Uwe Hahn, Teresa M.Figueira Duarte, François Cardinali, Nathalie Solladié, Mathieu E. Walther, Alain Van Dorsselaer, Haiko Herschbach, Emmanuelle Leize, Anne Marie Albrecht-Gary, Ali Trabolsi, Mourad Elhabiri

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Here, we report our recent progresses in the synthesis and the study of fullerene-containing supramolecular photoactive devices. Our approach is based on the self-assembly of C60 derivatives bearing an ammonium unit with functionalized crown ethers. The ammonium-crown ether interaction itself is weak and the Ka values are rather low when the association results only from the binding of the cationic unit with the macrocyclic component. However, when additional recognition elements are present, the stability of the complexes can be dramatically increased. This principle is illustrated with various examples of systems resulting from the self-assembly of C60-ammonium derivatives and crown ethers bearing a porphyrin or an oligophenylenevinylene chromophore. To cite this article: J.-F. Nierengarten et al., C. R. Chimie 9 (2006).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1022-1030
Number of pages9
JournalComptes Rendus Chimie
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Binding studies
  • Conjugated systems
  • Crown ether
  • Fullerene
  • Porphyrin
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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