Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Metallic nitride fullerenes (MNFs) and oxometallic fullerenes (OMFs) react quickly with an array of Lewis acids. Empty-cage fullerenes are largely unreactive under conditions used in this study. The reactivity order is Sc4O2@Ih-C80 > Sc3N@C78 > Sc3N@C68 > Sc3N@D5h-C80 > Sc3N@Ih-C80. Manipulations of Lewis acids, molar ratios, and kinetic differences within the family of OMF and MNF metallofullerenes are demonstrated in a selective precipitation scheme, which can be used either alone for purifying Sc3N@Ih-C80 or combined with a final high-performance liquid chromatography pass for Sc4O2@Ih-C80, Sc3N@D5h-C80, Sc3N@C68, or Sc3N@C78. The purification process is scalable. Analysis of the experimental rate constants versus electrochemical band gap explains the order of reactivity among the OMFs and MNFs.
Confait, B. S.,
Phillips, J. P.
(2009). Selective Complexation and Reactivity of Metallic Nitride and Oxometallic Fullerenes with Lewis Acids and Use as an Effective Purification Method. Inorganic Chemistry, 48(24), 11685-11690.
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