Abstract Various aggregates, such as spherical and elongated micelles, tubular and rodlike aggregates, as well as vesicles, are induced by adding sodium 2-naphthalenesulfonate (SNphs) or sodium benzenesulfonate (SBzs) into the aqueous solution of a gemini surfactant C 12C 2C 12(Me) (1,2-ethanediyl-bis-(dodecyldimethylammonium bromide)). The aggregate morphology strongly depends on the added amount of the organic salts. Among the various aggregates, the elongated micelle and the tubular aggregate have larger solubilizing capacities than those with the other morphologies. However, SNphs and SBzs cannot induce similar aggregate transitions for the systems of C 12C s C 12(Me) ( s = 6, 8, 12). The possible mechanism of these phenomena is proposed based on the results of UV spectra and 1H NMR measurements and the molecular packing geometry rule.