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Chemistry. 2012 Mar 12;18(11):3408-15. doi: 10.1002/chem.201102330. Epub 2012 Feb 6.

Combustion synthesis and electrochemical properties of the small hydrofullerene C50H10.

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  • 1State Key Lab for Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces & Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China.


The hydrofullerene C(50)H(10) is synthesized by low-pressure benzene-oxygen diffusion combustion. The structure of C(50)H(10) is identified through NMR, mass spectrometry, and IR and Raman spectroscopy as a D(5h) symmetric closed-cage molecule with five pairs of fused pentagons stabilized by ten hydrogen atoms. UV/Vis and fluorescence spectrometric analyses disclose its optical properties as comparable with those of its chloride cousin (C(50)Cl(10)). Cyclic and square-wave voltammograms reveal that the first reduction potential of C(50)H(10) is more negative than that of C(50)Cl(10) as well as C(60), with implications for the utilization of C(50)H(10) as a promising electron acceptor for photovoltaic applications.

Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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