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J Am Chem Soc. 2013 Aug 28;135(34):12857-60. doi: 10.1021/ja4063103. Epub 2013 Aug 14.

Quadruple anionic buckybowls by solid-state chemistry of corannulene and cesium.

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Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Überlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.


The buckybowl corannulene is known to be an excellent electron acceptor. UV photoelectron spectroscopy studies were performed with thin-film systems containing corannulene and cesium. Adsorption of submonolayer quantities of corannulene in ultrahigh vacuum onto thick Cs films, deposited at 100 K on a copper(111) substrate, induces a transfer of four electrons per molecule into the two lowest unoccupied orbitals. Annealing of thick corannulene layers on top of the cesium film leads to the formation of a stable film composed of C20H10(4-) ions coordinated to four Cs(+) ions. First-principles calculations reveal, as the most stable configuration, four Cs(+) ions sandwiched between two corannulene bowls.

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