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Keywords:

  • fullerenes;
  • in/out-isomerism;
  • phosphorus;
  • structure elucidation;
  • trisadducts
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The ins and outs of fullerene chemistry: Fullerenophosphates with a C3-symmetrical e,e,e-trisaddition pattern were synthesized with high regioselectivity. In- (see structure, red O, yellow P, blue C) and out-invertomers, based on the orientation of the P[DOUBLE BOND]O group, were isolated and their structures were confirmed by X-ray-crystallography.