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One Step Closer to Isomerically Pure Fullerenes and Heterofullerenes: Harnessing the Potential of Catalytic Surfaces


  • Financial support from the U.S. National Science Foundation is gratefully acknowledged. The author also thanks Profs. A. Echavarren and C. Nuckolls for providing STM images.


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Fullerenes made to order: The ability of catalytic surfaces to stitch together the arms of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocycles to form fullerenes and heterofullerenes has been demonstrated. This ability may provide wide-ranging access to tailor-made fullerenes, with the specific arrangements of rings and heteroatoms dictated by the design and synthesis of the precursors.

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