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Chemistry. 2003 Nov 21;9(22):5610-7.

Electrochemistry of metallofullerene films: the major isomer of Dy@C82.

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Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong.


Solution-cast films of the major isomer of Dy@C(82) (Dy@C(82)(I)) have been studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV) in acetonitrile. The films are found to display pronounced and stable redox responses in solution. The reduction/reoxidation processes exhibit large splittings between the first two reduction and reoxidation waves. However, a pair of reversible oxidation and rereduction waves is observed after the reoxidation of a reduced film. The characteristics and the inter-relationship of these waves are uncovered by the CV technique, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and UV/Vis-NIR spectra. A possible mechanism is proposed for the film electrode processes, which emphasizes the redox-induced structural reorganization of the metallofullerene film by the incorporation and expulsion of electrolyte ions into and out of the film. The influence of the counter ion diffusivity and the ion-pair stability on the electrochemical activity of the metallofullerene film has also been indicated.


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