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Keywords:

  • C78;
  • fullerenes;
  • halogenation;
  • structure elucidation
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Missing relative found: The last representative of the first multi membered fullerene family, C78(4), has been synthesized and isolated. Its connectivity pattern was confirmed by a single-crystal X-ray analysis of its chlorinated derivative C78(4)Cl18 (see picture). The crystal structure also reveals the presence of unusual, short intermolecular chlorine contacts.