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Transformation of doped graphite into cluster-encapsulated fullerene cages.

Title: Transformation of doped graphite into cluster-encapsulated fullerene cages.
Name(s): Mulet-Gas, Marc, author
Abella, Laura, author
Cerón, Maira R, author
Castro, Edison, author
Marshall, Alan G, author
Rodríguez-Fortea, Antonio, author
Echegoyen, Luis, author
Poblet, Josep M, author
Dunk, Paul W, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Date Issued: 2017-10-31
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: An ultimate goal in carbon nanoscience is to decipher formation mechanisms of highly ordered systems. Here, we disclose chemical processes that result in formation of high-symmetry clusterfullerenes, which attract interest for use in applications that span biomedicine to molecular electronics. The conversion of doped graphite into a C cage is shown to occur through bottom-up self-assembly reactions. Unlike conventional forms of fullerene, the iconic Buckminsterfullerene cage, I -C, is entirely avoided in the bottom-up formation mechanism to afford synthesis of group 3-based metallic nitride clusterfullerenes. The effects of structural motifs and cluster-cage interactions on formation of compounds in the solvent-extractable C-C region are determined by in situ studies of defined clusterfullerenes under typical synthetic conditions. This work establishes the molecular origin and mechanism that underlie formation of unique carbon cage materials, which may be used as a benchmark to guide future nanocarbon explorations.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_29089497 (IID), 10.1038/s41467-017-01295-9 (DOI), PMC5663703 (PMCID), 29089497 (RID), 29089497 (EID), 10.1038/s41467-017-01295-9 (PII)
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Nature communications.
Issue: iss. 1, vol. 8

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Mulet-Gas, M., Abella, L., Cerón, M. R., Castro, E., Marshall, A. G., Rodríguez-Fortea, A., … Dunk, P. W. (2017). Transformation of doped graphite into cluster-encapsulated fullerene cages. Nature Communications. Retrieved from