Coating and polymerization of C[sub 60] with carbon: A gas phase photodissociation study

Pellarin, M.; Cottancin, E.; Lerme´, J.; Vialle, J. L.; Broyer, M.; Tournus, F.; Masenelli, B.; Me´linon, P.
August 2002
Journal of Chemical Physics;8/15/2002, Vol. 117 Issue 7, p3088
Academic Journal
(C[sub 60]) [sub n] C[sup +][sub q] cationic clusters are produced in a laser vaporization source by quenching the vapors from C[sub 60] and graphite targets. They are analyzed in the gas phase by abundance and photofragmentation time-of-flight mass spectroscopy. Among the large number of expected isomers, the present experiments give evidence for the stability of special arrangements that may result from the attachment of preformed carbon rings to the fullerene cage. The particular case of C[sub 10] will be discussed, considering the results obtained on complexes with one, two or even three C[sub 60] molecules. This study reveals that the incorporation of large molecules into carbon cages could be an essential mechanism during the growth process of larger fullerenes and that the polymerization of C[sub 60] molecules is promoted by carbon links involving a single atom or a dimer.


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