From nano-balls to nano-bowls
Pentaphosphaferrocene [Cp*Fe(η5-P5)] in combination with Cu(I) halides is capable of a template-directed synthesis of fullerene-like spheres. Herein, we present the use of a triple decker complex as template that leads to the formation of unprecedented ‘nano-bowls’. These spherical domes resemble the truncated fullerenes Ih-C80 and represent a novel spherical arrangement in the chemistry of spherical molecules.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2019 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection