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Buckminsterfullerene cations: New dimensions in gas-phase ion chemistry

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  • Diethard K. Bohme

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    1. Department of Chemistry, Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry, Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3
    • Department of Chemistry, Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry, Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3.
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  • Dedicated to the memory of Ben Freiser, a shining light in the early days of fullerene ion chemistry

Abstract

The author provides a brief overview, and shares the extraordinary excitement, of the years of unprecedented discoveries in ion chemistry that followed the first production of fullerene powder in 1990. Various charge states of the buckminsterfullerene equation image cation became available by conventional electron-impact ionization of the vapor of this powder and so for mass-spectrometric measurements of ion reactivity. The emphasis here will be on fullerene-ion research performed in the author's own laboratory at York University using electron ionization flow-tube mass spectrometry techniques. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., Mass Spec Rev 28:672–693, 2009

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