Synthetic and structural considerations on highly curved bowl-shaped fragments of fullerenes

Yao Ting Wu, Tsun Cheng Wu, Min Kuan Chen, Hsin Ju Hsin

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Numerous highly curved fragments of C60 and unique subunits of C70 were synthesized under mild conditions using metal-catalyzed protocols. According to X-ray crystallographic analyses, highly curved fragments of C60 have a maximum π-orbital axis vector (POAV) pyramidalization angle of up to 12.9°, whereas distinctive fragments of C70, analogous to the tube portion of the rugby-shaped buckyball, are less curved. Among the eight buckybowls studied herein, five form polar crystals. Depending on the molecular geometry, the inversion dynamics of buckybowls involves either a planar or an S-shaped (non-planar) transition structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-544
Number of pages6
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr 17


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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