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An Epilogue on the C78-Fullerene Family: The Discovery and Characterization of an Elusive Isomer


  • We gratefully acknowledge generous support from the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, and thank Dr. J. Nuss for collecting the X-ray data.


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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.

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