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Issue 46, 2008
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Surgery of fullerenes

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Recent attempts at the synthesis of endohedral fullerenes by organic reactions, so-called “molecular surgery” methods, are surveyed. The creation of an opening on the surface of fullerene cages allowed insertion of He, H2, H2O, or CO within the cages. An effective route to “suture” an opening was established to realize a new endohedral fullerene, H2@C60. Further development of this operation as well as the properties and reactions of H2@C60 are summarized. Also the application of the encapsulated H2 molecule as an NMR probe for the study of aromaticity of ionic fullerenes is described.

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09 Jul 2008
22 Aug 2008
First published
11 Sep 2008

Chem. Commun., 2008, 6083-6094
Article type
Feature Article

Surgery of fullerenes

M. Murata, Y. Murata and K. Komatsu, Chem. Commun., 2008, 6083
DOI: 10.1039/B811738A

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