Electronic interactions in a new fullerene dimer: C122H4, with two methylene bridges

Nita Dragoe, Hidekazu Shimotani, Minoru Hayashi, Kazuhiko Saigo, Ana De Bettencourt-Dias, Alan L. Balch, Yoko Miyake, Yohji Achiba, Koichi Kitazawa

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The isolation of a new fullerene dimer, C122H4, and its structural characterization by 13C NMR and 1H NMR spectroscopy and by UV/vis and IR spectroscopy are reported. The structure of this dimer consists of two fullerene cages, which are directly connected through two C-C bonds and two methylene bridges. Consequently, adjacent hexagonal faces of the two fullerene cages are arranged in a face to face manner. Molecular orbital calculations indicate that the proximity of the fullerene cages results in significant through space overlap in both the HOMO and LUMO. As a consequence of this overlap, the electrochemistry of the dimer shows electronic communication with stepwise reduction of each cage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3269-3273
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jun 2
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


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