Physical Review Letters
We have studied the aggregation of the porphyrin t-H₂Pagg in aqueous solution by light scattering. The intensity profile of the elastically scattered light, studied in the exchanged wave-vector range 0.2 ≤ q ≤ 31.4 μ m⁻¹, indicates that the aggregation produces large monodisperse clusters having a fractal structure, and is driven by diffusion-limited aggregation kinetics. Additional measurements performed at different q values confirm such a picture giving a hydrodynamic radius R(H) consistent with the radius of gyration R(g) measured by elastic scattering. This is explained taking into account the q² dependence observed in the mean decay rate of the intensity-intensity correlation function and the effect on this latter dynamical quantity of anisotropies in the cluster structure.
F. Mallamace, N. Micali, S. Trusso, L. M. Scolaro, A. Romeo, A. Terracina, and Robert F. Pasternack.
"Experimental Evidence For Self-Similar Structures In The Aggregation Of Porphyrins In Aqueous Solutions".
Physical Review Letters.