Birch reduction of C60 - A new appraisal

Malcolm R. Banks, Michael J. Dale, Ian Gosney, Philip K.G. Hodgson, Richard C.K. Jennings, Anita C. Jones, Jacques Lecoultre, Patrick R.R. Langridge-Smith, John P. Maier, James Scrivens, Martyn J.C. Smith, Christopher J. Smyth, Alan T. Taylor, Paul Thorburn, Adrian S. Webster

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    Contrary to a previous report that Birch reduction of C60 affords C60H36 as the principal product, laser desorption-laser photoionisation time-of-flight (L2TOF), laser desorption Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR), and liquid secondary ion mass spectrometry (LSIMS) show collectively that a mixture of polyhydrofullerenes, containing C60H18 through to C 60H36 with a skewed distribution centred on C 60H32 is formed, the discrepancy in results arising from the thermal lability of this mixture of polyhydrofullerenes when subjected to the elevated temperatures (>250°C) required for mass spectroscopic studies using direct-insertion heated probes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1149-1152
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications
    Issue number14
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1993


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