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Nanotubes from a Vitamin C-based Bolaamphiphile

Ambrosi, Moira; Fratini, Emiliano; Alfredsson, Viveka; Ninham, Barry; Giorgi, Rodorico; Lo Nostro, Pierandrea; Baglioni, Piero


A bolaform surfactant, 1,12-diascorbyl dodecanedioate (BOLA12), with ascorbic acid units as the polar headgroups was synthesized for the first time. Once dispersed in water above 0.5% w/w, BOLA12 forms hollow nanotubes as revealed by cryo-TEM experiments. These nanostructures transform into clear micellar solutions on heating. X-ray diffraction and SAXS experiments were performed both on the pure solid and on its aqueous dispersions. The critical aggregation concentration and the phase behavior...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/ja057730x


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