Dissolving Metal Reductions of Fullerenes

Robert G. Bergosh, Mark S. Meier, Janeen A. Laske Cooke, H. Peter Spielmann, Brad R. Weedon

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Treatment of fullerenes with reducing metals and a proton source leads to the formation of hydrogenated fullerenes (C60Hn and C70Hn). The reaction of C60 with a variety of metals was investigated, using metals that span a broad range of reducing power, from tin (E° = -0.14 V) to magnesium (E° = -2.36 V). We report useful synthetic routes to a number of reduced fullerenes, including C60H2, C60H4, and C60H6, and we have determined that, despite the huge number of isomers that are possible, a small number are actually formed in these cases. For example, only two isomers of C60H6 are obtained in the Zn(Cu) reduction of C60, in a 6:1 ratio. Three isomers of C70H10 are produced, in ratios that are dependent on reaction time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7667-7672
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1997

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  • Organic Chemistry


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