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Keywords:

  • azafulleroids;
  • fullerenes;
  • photochemistry;
  • rearrangement;
  • structural determination
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An open and closed case: The reversible interconversion of a [1,2]aziridinofullerene and a [1,6]azafulleroid represents the first such example for a monosubstituted fullerene. While the [1,2]aziridinofullerene rearranges thermally to the [1,6]azafulleroid, the [1,6]azafulleroid rearranges photochemically to the [1,2]aziridinofullerene in high yield (see picture).