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Oxidation and reactivity of nitrogen- and phosphorus-doped heterofullerenes

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Abstract

Density functional theory (DFT) calculations suggest significantly different oxidation behaviour for phosphorus-doped heterofullerenes compared to their pure and nitrogen-doped counterparts, due to formation of a phosphene oxide. This oxide is not thermally labile, suggesting stable phosphofullerenes are likely to be C59POH and (C59PO)2. In contrast, azafullerenes form stable epoxides when oxidised. We calculate the effect of oxidation on radical pairing and hydrogen passivation. Notably while the C59N˙ radical behaves as a donor, C59PO˙ will be an acceptor.

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The article was received on 21 Jan 2008, accepted on 22 Feb 2008 and first published on 07 Mar 2008


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B801116H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2008,10, 2145-2148
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    Oxidation and reactivity of nitrogen- and phosphorus-doped heterofullerenes

    C. P. Ewels, H. El Cheikh, I. Suarez-Martinez and G. Van Lier, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2008, 10, 2145
    DOI: 10.1039/B801116H

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