Sc3N@C68: Folded pentalene coordination in an endohedral fullerene that does not obey the isolated pentagon rule

Marilyn M. Olmstead, Hon Man Lee, James C. Duchamp, Steven Stevenson, Daniela Marciu, Harry C. Dorn, Alan L. Balch

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Breaking the rule: The structure of Sc3N@C68·[N11(OEP)] ·2C6H6 has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The fullerene cage exists as an isomer with D3 symmetry (see picture), as initially predicted by density functional calculations. The scandium atoms are located over the centers of three pentalene units within the three-cornered carbon cage, which cannot obey the isolated pentagon rule. OEP=Octaethylporphyrinate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-903
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Feb 24


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  • Chemistry(all)

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