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Pure Appl. Chem., 2010, Vol. 82, No. 3, pp. 505-521

Published online 2010-02-19

New vistas in fullerene endohedrals: Functionalization with compounds from main group elements

Takahiro Tsuchiya1, Takeshi Akasaka1* and Shigeru Nagase2

1 Center for Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577, Japan
2 Department of Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Aichi 444-8585, Japan

Abstract: This paper describes the convenient method of isolating endohedral metallofullerenes by means of selective reduction from carbon soot extracts. Successful isolation in large amount by utilizing this method allows examination of the selective chemical modification of monometallofullerenes. Furthermore, isolation of missing metallofullerenes as their derivatives is also mentioned.