Approaches to size-selective formation of fullerenes by cyclization of highly reactive polyyne chains

Rui Umeda, Motohiro Sonoda, Tomonari Wakabayashi, Yoshito Tobe*

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Abstract

As an approach to size-selective formation of fullerenes, we developed a method based on the cyclization of reactive cyclic polyynes which were generated by [2 + 2] cycloreversion of [4.3.2]propellatriene units. This method was proven to work successfully for the first time for the formation of fullerene ions C60+ and C60- in the gas phase. This protocol is useful for generation of a small three-dimensional carbon cluster ion C36- and a large fullerene C78 -, as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1574-1579
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry Letters
Volume34
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Dec 2005

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