Structures and dynamics of endohedral scandium metallofullerenes

H. Shinohara, M. Tansho, M. Inakuma, Y. Saito, H. Sato, N. Hayashi, T. Kato, T. Hashizume, T. Sakurai

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    The endohedral metallofullerenes, such as Sc@C82, Sc2@C84, and Sc3@C82, have been purified and isolated by using two-stage high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The ESR spectrum of the isolated Sc3@C82 exhibits a perfectly symmetric 22 hyperfined splittings with an inherent linewidth of 0.77 Gauss at 220 K, which is consistent with a unique structure that three scandium atoms are encaged triangularly within the C3v isomer of C82. In addition, we report the direct imaging of the isolated discandium fullerene (Sc2@C84) on silicon clean surfaces in an ultrahigh-vacuum environment by utilizing scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The STM images reveal spherical Sc2@C84 fullerenes, spaced 11.7 Å apart, stacked in close-packed arrays.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)799-802
    Number of pages4
    JournalSurface Review and Letters
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Materials Chemistry


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