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  1. Structure and dynamics of C60 molecules on Au(111)

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    Shin, Heekeun; Schwarze, A; Diehl, R D; Pussi, K; Colombier, A; Gaudry, E.; Ledieu, J; McGuirk, G M; Serkovic Loli, L N; Fournee, V; Wang, Lin-Lin; Schull, G; Berndt, R

    2014-06-01

    Earlier studies of C60 adsorption on Au(111) reported many interesting and complex features. We have performed coordinated low-energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and density functional theory studies to elucidate some of the details of the monolayer commensurate (2√3 × 2√3)R30° phase. We have identified the adsorption geometries of the two states that image as dim and bright in STM. These consist of a C60 molecule with a hexagon side down in a vacancy (hex-vac) and a C60 molecule with a carbon-carbon 6:6 bond down on a top site (6:6-top), respectively. We have studied the detailed geometries of these states and find that there is little distortion of the C60 molecules, but there is a rearrangement of the substrate near the C60 molecules. The two types of molecules differ in height, by about 0.7 Å, which accounts for most of the difference in their contrast in the STM images. The monolayer displays dynamical behavior, in which the molecules flip from bright to dim, and vice versa. We interpret this flipping as the result of the diffusion of vacancies in the surface layers of the substrate. Our measurements of the dynamics of this flipping from one state to the other indicate that the activation energy is 0.66 ± 0.03 eV for flips that involve nearest-neighbor C60 molecules, and 0.93 ± 0.03 for more distant flips. Based on calculated activation energies for vacancies diffusing in Au, we interpret these to be a result of surface vacancy diffusion and bulk vacancy diffusion. These results are compared to the similar system of Ag(111)-(2√3 × 2√3)R30°-C60. In both systems, the formation of the commensurate C60 monolayer produces a large number of vacancies in the top substrate layer that are highly mobile, effectively melting the interfacial metal layer at temperatures well below their normal melting temperatures.

  2. Research on Electrostatic Propulsion Using C60 Molecules.

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    2007-11-02

    fullerene extract containing C60 and C70 in a ratio of approximately 85% to 15%. The fullerene mix was Soxhlet extracted with toluene from soot. Pure C60...The objective of this program has been to determine properties of fullerenes relevant for electrostatic propulsion, to demonstrate ion extraction ...electrostatic propulsion, to demonstrate ion extraction from a discharge, and to assess the implications for fullerene ion thrusters. The experiments we

  3. Interactions between two C60 molecules measured by scanning probe microscopies

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    Hauptmann, Nadine; González, César; Mohn, Fabian; Gross, Leo; Meyer, Gerhard; Berndt, Richard

    2015-11-01

    {{{C}}}60-functionalized tips are used to probe {{{C}}}60 molecules on Cu(111) with scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopy. Distinct and complex intramolecular contrasts are found. Maximal attractive forces are observed when for both molecules a [6,6] bond faces a hexagon of the other molecule. Density functional theory calculations including parameterized van der Waals interactions corroborate the observations.

  4. High resolution images of single C 60 molecules on gold (111) using scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Howells, Sam; Chen, Ting; Gallagher, Mark; Sarid, Dror; Lichtenberger, Dennis L.; Wright, Laura L.; Ray, Charles D.; Huffman, Donald R.; Lamb, Lowell D.

    1992-07-01

    The electronic interactions of fullerene molecules with metals, with other molecules, and with themselves are important to the chemical and conductive properties of these materials. We demonstrate high resolution scanning tunneling microscopy images of C 60 molecules condensed on epitaxial gold (111) films on mica, in which the C 60 molecules are isolated from each other. The C 60 molecules were locked in position to the gold substrate by an ordered layer of methyl isobutyl ketone. The images of the C 60 molecules exhibit intramolecular contrast indicating a significant electronic interaction with the gold substrate. Current versus voltage measurements show that both the C 60 and the thin film of methyl isobutyl ketone have conductances comparable to that of the gold substrate.

  5. Intramolecular features of individual C 60 molecules on Si(100) observed by STM

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    Yao, Xiaowei; Ruskell, Todd G.; Workman, Richard K.; Sarid, Dror; Chen, Dong

    1996-12-01

    Intramolecular features (IMF) of a variety of individual C 60 molecules adsorbed on an Si(100)-(2 × 1) surface have been imaged by scanning tunneling microscopy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Features of individual C 60 molecules clearly show the local density of states superimposed on their cage structure. Both physisorbed (pre-annealed) and chemisorbed (post-annealed) species have been imaged on the same surface, exhibiting characteristics that depend on their bonding nature. Intramolecular features of a physisorbed C 60 molecule and of two chemisorbed molecules are presented.

  6. STM study of C60F18 high dipole moment molecules on Au(111)

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    Bairagi, K.; Bellec, A.; Chumakov, R. G.; Menshikov, K. A.; Lagoute, J.; Chacon, C.; Girard, Y.; Rousset, S.; Repain, V.; Lebedev, A. M.; Sukhanov, L. P.; Svechnikov, N. Yu.; Stankevich, V. G.

    2015-11-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy studies of C60F18 molecules deposited on Au(111) are reported and compared to C60 molecules both at liquid helium temperature and room temperature (RT). Whereas adsorption and electronic properties of C60F18 single molecules were studied at low temperature (LT), self-assemblies were investigated at RT. In both cases, the fluorine atoms of the C60F18 molecules are pointed towards the surface. Individual C60F18 molecules on Au(111) have a HOMO-LUMO gap of 2.9 eV. The self-assembled islands exhibit a close-packed hexagonal lattice with amorphous borders. The comparison with C60 molecules clearly demonstrates the influence of the C60F18 electric dipole moment (EDM) on the electronic properties of single molecules and on the thermodynamics of self-assembled islands. Besides, the apparent height value of a separate molecule increases in a self-assembly environment as a result of a depolarization phenomenon.

  7. Formation of clusters composed of C60 molecules via self-assembly in critical fluids

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    Fukuda, Takahiro; Ishii, Koji; Kurosu, Shunji; Whitby, Raymond; Maekawa, Toru

    2007-04-01

    Fullerenes are promising candidates for intelligent, functional nanomaterials because of their unique mechanical, electronic and chemical properties. However, it is necessary to invent some efficient but relatively simple methods of producing structures composed of fullerenes for the development of nanomechatronic, nanoelectronic and biochemical devices and sensors. In this paper, we show that various structures such as straight fibres, networks formed by fibres, wide sheets and helical structures, which are composed of C60 molecules, are created by placing C60-crystals in critical ethane, carbon dioxide and xenon even though C60 molecules do not dissolve or disperse in the above fluids. It is supposed, judging by the intermolecular potentials between C60 and C60, between C60 and ethane, and between ethane and ethane, that C60-clusters grow with the assistance of solvent molecules, which are trapped between C60 molecules under critical conditions. This room-temperature self-assembly cluster growth process in critical fluids may open up a new methodology of forming structures built up with fullerenes without the need for any ultra-fine processing technologies.

  8. On the chemical behavior of C60 hosting H2O and other isoelectronic neutral molecules.

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    Galano, Annia; Pérez-González, Adriana; del Olmo, Lourdes; Francisco-Marquez, Misaela; León-Carmona, Jorge Rafael

    2014-08-01

    The density functional theory (DFT) was used to investigate the chemical behavior of C60 hosting neutral guest molecules (NGM). The deformed atoms in molecules (DAM) allowed identifying the regions of electron density depletion and accumulation. The studied NGM are CH4, NH3, H2O, and HF. Based on dipole moment and polarizabilities analyses it is predicted that the NGM@C60 should be more soluble in polar solvents than C60. The deformations on the surface electron density of the fullerenes explain this finding, which might be relevant for further applications of these systems. It was found that the intrinsic reactivity of studied NGM@C60 is only moderately higher than that of C60. This trend is supported by the global reactivity indexes and the frontier orbitals analyses. The free radical scavenging activity of the studied systems, via single electron transfer, was found to be strongly dependent on the chemical nature of the reacting free radical. The presence of the studied NGM inside the C60 influences only to some extent the reactivity of C60 toward free radicals. The distortion of the electron density on the C60 cage, caused by the NGM, is directly related to the electron withdrawing capacity of the later.

  9. Poisson-distributed electron-transfer dynamics from single quantum dots to C60 molecules.

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    Song, Nianhui; Zhu, Haiming; Jin, Shengye; Zhan, Wei; Lian, Tianquan

    2011-01-25

    Functional quantum dot (QD)-based nanostructures are often constructed through the self-assembly of QDs with binding partners (molecules or other nanoparticles), a process that leads to a statistical distribution of the number of binding partners. Using single QD fluorescence spectroscopy, we probe this distribution and its effect on the function (electron-transfer dynamics) in QD-C60 complexes. Ensemble-averaged transient absorption and fluorescence decay as well as single QD fluorescence decay measurements show that the QD exciton emission was quenched by electron transfer from the QD to C60 molecules and the electron-transfer rate increases with the C60-to-QD ratio. The electron-transfer rate of single QD-C60 complexes fluctuates with time and varies among different QDs. The standard deviation increases linearly with the average of electron-transfer rates of single QD-C60 complexes, and the distributions of both quantities obey Poisson statistics. The observed distributions of single QD-C60 complexes and ensemble-averaged fluorescence decay kinetics can be described by a model that assumes a Poisson distribution of the number of adsorbed C60 molecules per QD. Our findings suggest that, in self-assembled QD nanostructures, the statistical distribution of the number of adsorbed partners can dominate the distributions of the averages and standard deviation of their interfacial dynamical properties.

  10. The bonding nature of individual C60 molecules to Si(100) surfaces

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    Yao, X.; Workman, R. K.; Peterson, C. A.; Chen, D.; Sarid, D.

    It is demonstrated that bonding-dependent local density of states and energy levels of individual C60 molecules, adsorbed on Si(100)-(2×1) surfaces under ultra-high-vacuum conditions, can be obtained using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. High-resolution images of individual C60 molecules, physisorbed (preannealed) and chemisorbed (postannealed) on different sites on the same sample, reveal clear intramolecular features superimposed on the molecules' cage structure that are consistent with their bonding nature. Spectroscopic measurements of individual C60 molecules chemisorbed at these sites yield energy levels that exhibit a transition of their electronic structure from that of a near-free adsorbate to that of SiC. The spectroscopic data corresponds to the observed changes in local density of states. These results demonstrate the power of scanning tunneling microscopy to determine the electronic structure and bonding characteristics of individual molecules.

  11. Atomic-scale mechanical properties of orientated C60 molecules revealed by noncontact atomic force microscopy.

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    Pawlak, Rémy; Kawai, Shigeki; Fremy, Sweetlana; Glatzel, Thilo; Meyer, Ernst

    2011-08-23

    In this work, the mechanical properties of C(60) molecules adsorbed on Cu(111) are measured by tuning-fork-based noncontact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM) and spectroscopy at cryogenic conditions. Site-specific tip-sample force variations are detected above the buckyball structure. Moreover, high-resolution images obtained by nc-AFM show the chemical structure of this molecule and describes unambiguously its orientations on the surface.

  12. Spectroscopic observations of the displacement dynamics of physically adsorbed molecules-CO on C60

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    Yuan, Chunqing; Yates, John T.

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, we observed physically adsorbed CO molecules on C60 surface being displaced by impinging noble gas atoms (He, Ne, Ar, Kr), either through a dynamic displacement process or an exothermic replacement process, depending on their adsorption energies. This displacement mechanism could shift from one to the other depending on the surface coverage and temperature. Furthermore, rotational energy of the impinging molecules may also contribute to the dynamic displacement process by supplying additional energy.

  13. Interceptor effect of C60 fullerene on the in vitro action of aromatic drug molecules.

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    Skamrova, Galyna B; Laponogov, Ivan; Buchelnikov, Anatoly S; Shckorbatov, Yuriy G; Prylutska, Svitlana V; Ritter, Uwe; Prylutskyy, Yuriy I; Evstigneev, Maxim P

    2014-07-01

    C60 fullerenes are spherical molecules composed purely of carbon atoms. They inspire a particularly strong scientific interest because of their specific physico-chemical properties and potential medical and nanotechnological applications. In this work we are focusing on studying the influence of the pristine C60 fullerene on biological activity of some aromatic drug molecules in human buccal epithelial cells. Assessment of the heterochromatin structure in the cell nucleus as well as the barrier function of the cell membrane was performed. The methods of cell microelectrophoresis and atomic force microscopy were also applied. A concentration-dependent restoration of the functional activity of the cellular nucleus after exposure to DNA-binding drugs (doxorubicin, proflavine and ethidium bromide) has been observed in human buccal epithelial cells upon addition of C60 fullerene at a concentration of ~10(-5 )M. The results were shown to follow the framework of interceptor/protector action theory, assuming that non-covalent complexation between C60 fullerene and the drugs (i.e., hetero-association) is the major process responsible for the observed biological effects. An independent confirmation of this hypothesis was obtained via investigation of the cellular response of buccal epithelium to the coadministration of the aromatic drugs and caffeine, and it is based on the well-established role of hetero-association in drug-caffeine systems. The results indicate that C60 fullerene may reverse the effects caused by the aromatic drugs, thereby pointing out the potential possibility of the use of aromatic drugs in combination with C60 fullerene for regulation of their medico-biological action.

  14. Temperature effects of adsorption of C60 molecules on Si(111)-(7×7) surfaces

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    Chen, Dong; Sarid, Dror

    1994-03-01

    The adsorption of submonolayers C60 molecules on Si(111)-(7×7) surfaces, deposited at room temperature and then annealed to various elevated temperatures, is studied using scanning tunneling microscopy. For room temperature adsorption, the C60 molecules were observed to favor bonding to adatom bridge sites within a triangular half cell. After annealing to 600 °C, however, they were found to bond dominantly to adatom or restatom sites. The adsorbate-substrate interaction at room temperature is characterized by charge transfer from the substrate to the molecules. After the annealing process, however, the adsorbates bond covalently to the substrate. It is found that the desorption of the submonolayer adsorbates due to the annealing process is minimal. The surface diffusion of the adsorbates begins when annealing the sample to 700 °C, at which point the initial clustering of the adsorbates takes place. When annealing the sample to 850 °C, the C60 molecules decomposed on the sample surface and reacted with the Si atoms to form SiC islands.

  15. Determination of the equilibrium constant of C60 fullerene binding with drug molecules.

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    Mosunov, Andrei A; Pashkova, Irina S; Sidorova, Maria; Pronozin, Artem; Lantushenko, Anastasia O; Prylutskyy, Yuriy I; Parkinson, John A; Evstigneev, Maxim P

    2017-03-01

    We report a new analytical method that allows the determination of the magnitude of the equilibrium constant of complexation, Kh, of small molecules to C60 fullerene in aqueous solution. The developed method is based on the up-scaled model of C60 fullerene-ligand complexation and contains the full set of equations needed to fit titration datasets arising from different experimental methods (UV-Vis spectroscopy, (1)H NMR spectroscopy, diffusion ordered NMR spectroscopy, DLS). The up-scaled model takes into consideration the specificity of C60 fullerene aggregation in aqueous solution and allows the highly dispersed nature of C60 fullerene cluster distribution to be accounted for. It also takes into consideration the complexity of fullerene-ligand dynamic equilibrium in solution, formed by various types of self- and hetero-complexes. These features make the suggested method superior to standard Langmuir-type analysis, the approach used to date for obtaining quantitative information on ligand binding with different nanoparticles.

  16. Peas in a pod: quasi-one-dimensional C60 molecules in a nanotube

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    Gatica, Silvina M.; Mercedes Calbi, M.; Cole, Milton W.

    2003-03-01

    We evaluate the equation of state of the quasi-one-dimensional phase of C60 molecules in small carbon nanotubes, nicknamed "peas in a pod"[1,2]. The pressure and chemical potential are evaluated as functions of the temperature and density, within the approximation of nearest neighbor interactions and classical statistical mechanics. A phase transition to a 3D anisotropic condensed phase is predicted as a result of the interaction between molecules in adjacent tubes. [1] B.W. Smith, M. Monthioux and D.E. Luzzi, Nature 296, 323 (1998). [2] M. Hodak, L.A. Girifalco, Phys. Rev. B 64, 035407 (2001), Chem. Phys. Lett. 350, 405 (2001); L.A. Girifalco and M. Hodak, App. Phys. A, in press.

  17. Molecular orientation and lattice ordering of C60 molecules on the polar FeO/Pt(111) surface.

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    Qin, Zhihui; Liu, Cunding; Chen, Jian; Guo, Qinmin; Yu, Yinghui; Cao, Gengyu

    2012-01-14

    C(60) molecules assemble into close packing layer under the domination of the intermolecular interaction when deposited onto Pt(111)-supported FeO layer kept at 400 K. From corresponding high resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) image, a kind of C(60) molecular orientational ordering stabilized by the intermolecular interaction is revealed as C(60)/FeO(111)-(√133 × √133) R17.5° structure and determined from the commensurability between the C(60) nearest-neighbor distance and the lattice of the underlying oxygen layer. Moreover, due to the inhomogeneously distributed work function of the underlying FeO layer, the C(60) molecular electronic state is periodically modulated resulting in a bright-dim STM contrast. In addition, one coincidence lattice ordering is determined as 8 × 8 superstructure with respect to the C(60) primitive cell, which overlays a 3 × 3 moiré cell of the underlying FeO layer.

  18. Molecular orientation and lattice ordering of C60 molecules on the polar FeO/Pt(111) surface

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    Qin, Zhihui; Liu, Cunding; Chen, Jian; Guo, Qinmin; Yu, Yinghui; Cao, Gengyu

    2012-01-01

    C60 molecules assemble into close packing layer under the domination of the intermolecular interaction when deposited onto Pt(111)-supported FeO layer kept at 400 K. From corresponding high resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) image, a kind of C60 molecular orientational ordering stabilized by the intermolecular interaction is revealed as C60/FeO(111)-(√133 × √133) R17.5° structure and determined from the commensurability between the C60 nearest-neighbor distance and the lattice of the underlying oxygen layer. Moreover, due to the inhomogeneously distributed work function of the underlying FeO layer, the C60 molecular electronic state is periodically modulated resulting in a bright-dim STM contrast. In addition, one coincidence lattice ordering is determined as 8 × 8 superstructure with respect to the C60 primitive cell, which overlays a 3 × 3 moiré cell of the underlying FeO layer.

  19. Rotations and vibrations of water molecule inside the fullerene cage: infrared study of H2O@C60

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    Room, Toomas; Shugai, A.; Nagel, U.; Mamone, S.; Krachmalnicoff, A.; Whitby, R. J.; Levitt, M. H.; Nishida, T.; Murata, Y.; Lei, Xuegong; Li, Yongjun; Turro, N. J.

    2015-03-01

    Water is the second molecule after hydrogen what has been trapped inside the cage of a C60 molecule by the molucular surgery method. We studied isolated water molecule isotopologs H2O, D2O, and HDO in the solid phase at cryogenic temperatures using IR spectroscopy. The water molecule rotation transitions were observed in the THz and vibration-rotation transitions in the mid-IR range. The slow conversion between para and ortho water allowed us to record the time evolution of spectra and to separate ortho and para absorption lines of water. The similarity of the rotation spectrum of caged water to water in the gas phase indicates that water is free to rotate in the C60 cage even at temperature as low as 3 K. However, spectral lines show a splitting of about 0.5 meV what is not compatible with the icosahedral symmetry of C60. Different models (e.g. crystal field effects in solid C60, C60 cage distortions) will be discussed. This work was supported by institutional research funding IUT23-3 of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

  20. Diffusion and self-assembly of C60 molecules on monolayer graphyne sheets

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    Ozmaian, Masoumeh; Fathizadeh, Arman; Jalalvand, Morteza; Ejtehadi, Mohammad Reza; Allaei, S. Mehdi Vaez

    2016-01-01

    The motion of a fullerene (C60) on 5 different types of graphyne is studied by all-atom molecular dynamics simulations and compared with former studies on the motion of C60 on graphene. The motion shows a diffusive behavior which consists of either a continuous motion or discrete movements between trapping sites depending on the type of the graphyne sheet. For graphyne-4 and graphyne-5, fullerenes could detach from the surface of the graphyne sheet at room temperature which was not reported for similar cases on graphene sheets. Collective motion of a group of fullerenes interacting with a graphyne studied and it is shown that fullerenes exhibit stable assemblies. Depending on the type of graphyne, these assemblies can have either single or double layers. The mobility of the assembled structures is also dependent on the type of the graphyne sheet. The observed properties of the motion suggests novel applications for the complexes of fullerene and monolayer graphynes. PMID:26912386

  1. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of individual C 60 molecules on Si(100)-(2 × 1) surfaces

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    Yao, Xiaowei; Ruskell, Todd G.; Workman, Richard K.; Sarid, Dror; Chen, Dong

    1996-11-01

    Individual C 60 molecules chemisorbed on Si(100)-(2 × 1) surfaces have been studied by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. Chemisorption was realized by annealing the samples with room-temperature deposited adsorbates to 600°C. Spectroscopic results on individual adsorbates reveal a transition of their electronic structure from that of a near-free adsorbate to that of SiC, as the adsorbate-substrate interaction increases.

  2. Single-monolayer ordered phases of C60 molecules on Si(111)-(7×7) surfaces

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    Chen, Dong; Chen, Jian; Sarid, Dror

    1994-10-01

    We report on ultrahigh-vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy of submonolayers of C60 molecules adsorbed on a Si(111)-(7×7) surface and the statistics of their bonding sites. The images reveal that as the submonolayer coverage increases, the adsorbate-adsorbate interaction becomes larger than that of the adsorbate-substrate interaction. For a full monolayer coverage of adsorbates, the adsorbate-adsorbate interaction becomes strong enough and they form two ordered structural phases registered with those pinned on the substrate corner holes. This result is in contrast to a previous report [Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 1850 (1993)] stating that several monolayers of adsorbates are required for the formation of the ordered structural phases.

  3. Effect of substrate thickness on ejection of phenylalanine molecules adsorbed on free-standing graphene bombarded by 10 keV C60

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    Golunski, M.; Verkhoturov, S. V.; Verkhoturov, D. S.; Schweikert, E. A.; Postawa, Z.

    2017-02-01

    Molecular dynamics computer simulations have been employed to investigate the effect of substrate thickness on the ejection mechanism of phenylalanine molecules deposited on free-standing graphene. The system is bombarded from the graphene side by 10 keV C60 projectiles at normal incidence and the ejected particles are collected both in transmission and reflection directions. It has been found that the ejection mechanism depends on the substrate thickness. At thin substrates mostly organic fragments are ejected by direct collisions between projectile atoms and adsorbed molecules. At thicker substrates interaction between deforming topmost graphene sheet and adsorbed molecules becomes more important. As this process is gentle and directionally correlated, it leads predominantly to ejection of intact molecules. The implications of the results to a novel analytical approach in Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry based on ultrathin free-standing graphene substrates and a transmission geometry are discussed.

  4. New Volleyballenes: Y20C60 and La20C60

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    Wang, Jing; Liu, Ying

    2016-01-01

    Two new stable Volleyballenes, the Y20C60 and La20C60 molecular clusters, are proposed on the basis of first-principles density functional theory. In conjunction with recent findings for the scandium system, these findings establish Volleyballene M20C60 molecules as a general class of stable molecules within the fullerene family. Both Y20C60 and La20C60 molecules have Th point group symmetries and relatively large HOMO-LUMO gaps. PMID:27487765

  5. Surface structure of SiC formed by C60 molecules on a Si(001)-2×1 surface at 800 °C

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    Cheng, C.-P.; Huang, J.-W.; Pi, T.-W.; Lee, H.-H.

    2006-06-01

    Formation of silicon carbide upon deposition of C60 onto Si(001) at an elevated temperature of 800 °C was studied via synchrotron-radiation photoemission and low electron energy diffraction. The molecules are completely decomposed upon hitting on the hot surface, giving rise to a well-order 2×1 pattern. The C 1s and Si 2p core-level spectra, and valence-band spectra indicate characteristics of a Si-terminated β-SiC(001) 2×1 film. Two surface components corresponding to the terminated and ad-dimer Si atoms are well resolved in the Si 2p cores. By the spectral area ratio of both components, the adlayer atoms cover half of the surface, which agrees with the missing-row structure model [W. Lu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 2292 (1998)].

  6. Adsorption of sodium and cesium on aggregates of C60

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    Harnisch, Martina; Daxner, Matthias; Scheier, Paul; Echt, Olof

    2016-09-01

    We explore the formation of C60 sodium and C60 cesium complexes in superfluid helium nanodroplets. Anomalies in mass spectra of these doped droplets reveal anomalies in the stability of ions. (C60) m Cs+ n ions ( m ≤ 6) are particularly abundant if they contain n = 6 m + 1 cesium atoms; (C60) m Cs2+ n dications ( m ≤ 3 or 5) are abundant if n = 6 m + 2. These findings are consistent with the notion that alkali metal atoms (A) transfer their valence electrons into the three-fold degenerate lowest unoccupied orbital of C60, resulting in particularly stable C60A6 building blocks. However, (C60) 4CsCs2+ n dications display an entirely different pattern; instead of an expected anomaly at n = 6 × 4 + 2 = 26 we observe a strong odd-even alternation starting at n = 6. Also surprising is the effect of adding one H2O or CO2 molecule to (C60) m Cs n mono- or dications; anomalies shift by two units as if the impurity were acting as an acceptor for two valence electrons from the alkali metal atoms.

  7. C60 on SiC nanomesh.

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    Chen, Wei; Zhang, Hong Liang; Xu, Hai; Tok, Eng Soon; Loh, Kian Ping; Wee, Andrew Thye Shen

    2006-11-02

    A SiC nanomesh is used as a nanotemplate to direct the epitaxy of C60 molecules. The epitaxial growth of C60 molecules on SiC nanomesh at room temperature is investigated by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy, revealing a typical Stranski-Krastanov mode (i.e., for the first one or two monolayers, it is a layer-by-layer growth or 2-D nucleation mode; at higher thicknesses, it changes to island growth or a 3-D nucleation mode). At submonolayer (0.04 and 0.2 ML) coverage, C60 molecules tend to aggregate to form single-layer C60 islands that mainly decorate terrace edges, leaving the uncovered SiC nanomesh almost free of C60 molecules. At 1 ML C60 coverage, a complete wetting layer of hexagonally close-packed C60 molecules forms on top of the SiC nanomesh. At higher coverage from 4.5 ML onward, the C60 stacking adopts a (111) oriented face-centered-cubic (fcc) structure. Strong bright and dim molecular contrasts have been observed on the first layer of C60 molecules, which are proposed to originate from electronic effects in a single-layer C60 island or the different coupling of C60 molecules to SiC nanomesh. These STM molecular contrast patterns completely disappear on the second and all the subsequent C60 layers. It is also found that the nanomesh can be fully recovered by annealing the C60/SiC nanomesh sample at 200 degrees C for 20 min.

  8. Hydrogen Diffusion in C_60

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    Fitzgerald, Stephen; Sethna, Dorab; Szuts, Zoltan

    2001-03-01

    Recently^1 it has been shown that hydrogen molecules can be forced into a C_60 lattice under modest pressure. A loading pressure of 2,000 PSI is sufficient to fill almost 50 % of the available octahedral sites. Here we extend this work to consider the kinetics of the hydrogen diffusion within the C_60 lattice. In our procedure the sample is first loaded to its equilibrium H2 concentration. The confining pressure is then quickly removed and the rate at which the H2 outgasses from the powder is monitored via the slow pressure increase with time. Results show that the outgassing time constant depends critically on the particle sized distribution of the C_60. Ground powders have time-constants almost an order of magnitude faster than unground. In all cases the kinetics are consistent with a two-time constant model in which the hydrogen diffuses within the lattice and along the grain boundaries between crystallites. However, the loaded H2 concentration depends solely on the loading pressure independent of the powder type indicating that at equilibrium the H2 molecules reside exclusively at the lattice octahedral sites and not in the grain boundaries. Measurements taken at a series of different temperatures indicate that diffusion within the lattice has an activation barrier of 105 meV. This compares well with the theoretical predictions for the octahedral well depth of 110 meV^1. ^1 S. A. FitzGerald et al., Phys. Rev. B 60, 6439 (1999).

  9. Translocation mechanism of C60 and C60 derivations across a cell membrane

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    Liang, Lijun; Kang, Zhengzhong; Shen, Jia-Wei

    2016-11-01

    Carbon-based nanoparticles (NPs) such as fullerenes and nanotubes have been extensively studied for drug delivery in recent years. The permeation process of fullerene and its derivative molecules through membrane is essential to the utilization of fullerene-based drug delivery system, but the mechanism and the dynamics of permeation through cell membrane are still unclear. In this study, coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations were performed to investigate the permeation process of functionalized fullerene molecules (ca. 0.72 nm) through the membrane. Our results show that single functionalized fullerene molecule in such nanoscale could permeate the lipid membrane in micro-second time scale. Pristine C60 molecules prefer to aggregate into several small clusters while C60OH15 molecules could aggregate into one big cluster to permeate through the lipid membrane. After permeation of C60 or its derivatives into membrane, all C60 and C60OH15 molecules disaggregated and monodispersed in the lipid membrane.

  10. The dipolar endofullerene HF@C60

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    Krachmalnicoff, Andrea; Bounds, Richard; Mamone, Salvatore; Alom, Shamim; Concistrè, Maria; Meier, Benno; Kouřil, Karel; Light, Mark E.; Johnson, Mark R.; Rols, Stéphane; Horsewill, Anthony J.; Shugai, Anna; Nagel, Urmas; Rõõm, Toomas; Carravetta, Marina; Levitt, Malcolm H.; Whitby, Richard J.

    2016-10-01

    The cavity inside fullerenes provides a unique environment for the study of isolated atoms and molecules. We report the encapsulation of hydrogen fluoride inside C60 using molecular surgery to give the endohedral fullerene HF@C60. The key synthetic step is the closure of the open fullerene cage with the escape of HF minimized. The encapsulated HF molecule moves freely inside the cage and exhibits quantization of its translational and rotational degrees of freedom, as revealed by inelastic neutron scattering and infrared spectroscopy. The rotational and vibrational constants of the encapsulated HF molecules were found to be redshifted relative to free HF. The NMR spectra display a large 1H-19F J coupling typical of an isolated species. The dipole moment of HF@C60 was estimated from the temperature dependence of the dielectric constant at cryogenic temperatures and showed that the cage shields around 75% of the HF dipole.

  11. The dipolar endofullerene HF@C60.

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    Krachmalnicoff, Andrea; Bounds, Richard; Mamone, Salvatore; Alom, Shamim; Concistrè, Maria; Meier, Benno; Kouřil, Karel; Light, Mark E; Johnson, Mark R; Rols, Stéphane; Horsewill, Anthony J; Shugai, Anna; Nagel, Urmas; Rõõm, Toomas; Carravetta, Marina; Levitt, Malcolm H; Whitby, Richard J

    2016-10-01

    The cavity inside fullerenes provides a unique environment for the study of isolated atoms and molecules. We report the encapsulation of hydrogen fluoride inside C60 using molecular surgery to give the endohedral fullerene HF@C60. The key synthetic step is the closure of the open fullerene cage with the escape of HF minimized. The encapsulated HF molecule moves freely inside the cage and exhibits quantization of its translational and rotational degrees of freedom, as revealed by inelastic neutron scattering and infrared spectroscopy. The rotational and vibrational constants of the encapsulated HF molecules were found to be redshifted relative to free HF. The NMR spectra display a large (1)H-(19)F J coupling typical of an isolated species. The dipole moment of HF@C60 was estimated from the temperature dependence of the dielectric constant at cryogenic temperatures and showed that the cage shields around 75% of the HF dipole.

  12. C60 in Photodissociation Regions

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    Castellanos, Pablo; Berné, Olivier; Sheffer, Yaron; Wolfire, Mark G.; Tielens, Alexander G. G. M.

    2014-10-01

    Recent studies have confirmed the presence of buckminsterfullerene (C60) in different interstellar and circumstellar environments. However, several aspects regarding C60 in space are not yet well understood, such as the formation and excitation processes, and the connection between C60 and other carbonaceous compounds in the interstellar medium, in particular polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In this paper, we study several photodissociation regions (PDRs) where C60 and PAHs are detected and the local physical conditions are reasonably well constrained to provide observational insights into these questions. C60 is found to emit in PDRs where the dust is cool (Td = 20-40 K) and even in PDRs with cool stars. These results exclude the possibility for C60 to be locked in grains at thermal equilibrium in these environments. We observe that PAH and C60 emission are spatially uncorrelated and that C60 is present in PDRs where the physical conditions (in terms of radiation field and hydrogen density) allow for full dehydrogenation of PAHs, with the exception of Ced 201. We also find trends indicative of an increase in C60 abundance within individual PDRs, but these trends are not universal. These results support models where the dehydrogenation of carbonaceous species is the first step toward C60 formation. However, this is not the only parameter involved and C60 formation is likely affected by shocks and PDR age.

  13. Solubility Characteristics of PCBM and C60.

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    Boucher, David; Howell, Jason

    2016-11-10

    Empirical data indicate that several good solvents for C60 and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) have substantial polar and hydrogen-bonding components, which are not intrinsic to the structure of the C60 and PCBM molecules themselves. Functional solubility parameter (FSP) and convex solubility parameter (CSP) computations are performed on C60 and PCBM using solubility data available in the literature. The CSP and FSP results are compared to previously reported Hansen solubility parameters (HSPs) and to the parameters calculated using additive functional group contribution methods. The CSP and FSP methods confirm the anomalously large polar and hydrogen-bonding parameters, δP and δH, obtained experimentally for C60 and PCBM. This behavior, which is quite irregular given the structure of the molecules, is due to the fact that several good solvents have high δP and δH values. Thus, these irregularities are highlighted by the CSP and FSP calculations. Additional contradictory solubility characteristics are disclosed by comparing the experimental solubility parameters to a linear solvation energy relationship (LSER) model, additive functional group calculations, and COSMO-RS computations. The FSP solubility function strongly suggests that the solubility parameters do not accurately represent the cohesive energy density properties of C60 and PCBM, as intended, but rather they manifest the properties of the solvents, e.g., high δP and δH values, that are necessary to accommodate these molecules in the liquid phase.

  14. Growth of C 60 films on silicon surfaces

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    Chen, Dong; Sarid, Dror

    1994-10-01

    The growth of crystalline C 60 films on Si(111) and Si (100) surfaces has been studied using scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy. It is found that the films on these two silicon substrates, which consist of both partially ordered monolayer and crystalline islands, differ in their morphologies. The results are explained in terms of the relative strength of interaction of the first monolayer of C 60 molecules with the silicon substrate and the C 60 islands above it. Annealing the samples to elevated temperatures causes the C 60 islands to evaporate, leaving a full layer of C 60 molecules capped on the substrate.

  15. Ionization energies of the C60 fullerene and its hydrogenated derivatives C60H18 and C60H36 determined by electron ionization

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    Pogulay, Andrey V.; Abzalimov, Rinat R.; Nasibullaev, Shamil'k.; Lobach, Anatoly S.; Drewello, Thomas; Vasil'Ev, Yury V.

    2004-04-01

    Modification of a method for processing positive ion ionization efficiency curves of polyatomic molecules, as developed earlier by Märk and coworkers, has been described. Based on the method, the first, second, and third ionization energies of C60 have been re-examined and found to be in excellent agreement with the most reliable literature data. The ionization energies for C60H18 and C60H36 have been measured for the first time and were established as 7.3+/-0.3 eV and 7.01+/-0.25 eV, respectively. Although the appearance energy of C60H362+ (18.7+/-0.2 eV) has been determined to be lower than that of C602+ (18.98+/-0.35 eV), the reverse scenario is true for the second ionization energies of C60H36 and C60.

  16. Ion bombardment of C60 films

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    Hobday, Steven; Smith, Roger; Gibson, Ursula; Richter, Asta

    The interaction of energetic ions with C60 films in the energy range 300-1000 eV is studied by computer simulation. It is found that the films can be subjected to much more surface damage than would be expected in other forms of carbon. Ejection of particles from the surface takes place in two ways. First, individual carbon atoms can be displaced from the lattice by ballistic collision processes. These are relatively few in number and the phenomenon occurs over a short timescale, of less than 0.5 ps. As the collision cascade develops, energy deposited in the surface region can be transferred to surface C60 molecules in sufficient quantity for some of these to be desorbed. This phenomena occurs over the order of a few picoseconds and can result in the loss of up to five C60's from the surface. The damage induced to the lattice causes C60's to be linked together in the form of polymerised chains. There is also evidence of the formation of 2- and 4-fold co-ordinated bonds in the lattice and transition to amorphous carbon.

  17. Sc20C60: a volleyballene

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    Wang, Jing; Ma, Hong-Man; Liu, Ying

    2016-06-01

    An exceptionally stable hollow cage containing 20 scandium atoms and 60 carbon atoms has been identified. This Sc20C60 molecular cluster has a Th point group symmetry and a volleyball-like shape that we refer to below as ``Volleyballene''. Electronic structure analysis shows that the formation of delocalized π bonds between Sc atoms and the neighboring pentagonal rings made of carbon atoms is crucial for stabilizing the cage structure. A relatively large HOMO-LUMO gap (~1.4 eV) was found. The results of vibrational frequency analysis and molecular dynamics simulations both demonstrate that this Volleyballene molecule is exceptionally stable.An exceptionally stable hollow cage containing 20 scandium atoms and 60 carbon atoms has been identified. This Sc20C60 molecular cluster has a Th point group symmetry and a volleyball-like shape that we refer to below as ``Volleyballene''. Electronic structure analysis shows that the formation of delocalized π bonds between Sc atoms and the neighboring pentagonal rings made of carbon atoms is crucial for stabilizing the cage structure. A relatively large HOMO-LUMO gap (~1.4 eV) was found. The results of vibrational frequency analysis and molecular dynamics simulations both demonstrate that this Volleyballene molecule is exceptionally stable. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Sc20C60: a Volleyballene_SI. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07784b

  18. Formation and decay of C - 60 following free electron capture by C60

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    Matejčik, Štefan; Märk, Tilmann D.; Španěl, Patrik; Smith, David; Jaffke, Thomas; Illenberger, Eugen

    1995-02-01

    The results of a detailed crossed electron/molecular beam study of electron attachment to C60 molecules and electron detachment from C-60 over the range of electron energies from near zero to about 15 eV are described. It is shown by comparing the experimental data for the attachment cross sections (normalized to the absolute thermal cross sections determined using the flowing afterglow/Langmuir probe apparatus) with quantum calculations that attachment occurs at low energies in the p-wave channel, and in the d- and f-wave channels (and probably higher-order partial waves) at the higher electron energies. At electron energies above 7 eV, thermal detachment of electrons from the hot C-60 negative ions is seen to occur, and the unimolecular rate coefficients for detachment, kd, have been determined as a function of the energy of the attaching electron. Hence, by relating kd to the derived temperature of the hot C-60 ions, the electron detachment energy, Ed, has been determined as 2.6 eV, which is close to the electron affinity of C60 as measured by photodetachment from cold C-60 ions. Additionally, by combining the measured attachment rate coefficients, ka, from the previous flowing afterglow/Langmuir probe study with the kd data determined in this study, equilibrium constants for the detachment/attachment reactions have been obtained which are reconciled with those calculated using total partition functions. An important conclusion to be drawn from all these studies is that C60 very efficiently captures electrons over the wide electron energy range from about 0.2 eV to around 15 eV and retains them if the energy released in the electron capture process can be removed before thermal detachment can occur.

  19. C60 as a Faraday cage

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    Delaney, P.; Greer, J. C.

    2004-01-01

    Endohedral fullerenes have been proposed for a number of technological uses, for example, as a nanoscale switch, memory bit and as qubits for quantum computation. For these technology applications, it is important to know the ease with which the endohedral atom can be manipulated using an applied electric field. We find that the Buckminsterfullerene (C60) acts effectively as a small Faraday cage, with only 25% of the field penetrating the interior of the molecule. Thus influencing the atom is difficult, but as a qubit the endohedral atom should be well shielded from environmental electrical noise. We also predict how the field penetration should increase with the fullerene radius.

  20. Optimal High-TC Superconductivity in Cs3C60

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    Harshman, Dale; Fiory, Anthony

    The highest superconducting transition temperatures in the (A1-xBx)3C60 superconducting family are seen in the A15 and FCC structural phases of Cs3C60 (optimized under hydrostatic pressure), exhibiting measured values for near-stoichiometric samples of TC0 meas . = 37.8 K and 35.7 K, respectively. It is argued these two Cs-intercalated C60 compounds represent the optimal materials of their respective structures, with superconductivity originating from Coulombic e- h interactions between the C60 molecules, which host the n-type superconductivity, and mediating holes associated with the Cs cations. A variation of the interlayer Coulombic pairing model [Harshman and Fiory, J. Supercond. Nov. Magn. 28 ̲, 2967 (2015), and references therein] is introduced in which TC0 calc . ~ 1 / lζ , where l relates to the mean spacing between interacting charges on surfaces of the C60 molecules, and ζ is the average radial distance between the surface of the C60 molecules and the neighboring Cs cations. For stoichiometric Cs3C60, TC0 calc . = 38.08 K and 35.67 K for the A15 and FCC macrostructures, respectively; the dichotomy is attributable to differences in ζ.

  1. Formation of buckminsterfullerene (C60) in interstellar space

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    Berné, Olivier; Tielens, A. G. G. M.

    2012-01-01

    Buckminsterfullerene (C60) was recently confirmed as the largest molecule identified in space. However, it remains unclear how and where this molecule is formed. It is generally believed that C60 is formed from the buildup of small carbonaceous compounds in the hot and dense envelopes of evolved stars. Analyzing infrared observations, obtained by Spitzer and Herschel, we found that C60 is efficiently formed in the tenuous and cold environment of an interstellar cloud illuminated by strong ultraviolet (UV) radiation fields. This implies that another formation pathway, efficient at low densities, must exist. Based on recent laboratory and theoretical studies, we argue that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are converted into graphene, and subsequently C60, under UV irradiation from massive stars. This shows that alternative—top-down—routes are key to understanding the organic inventory in space. PMID:22198841

  2. Si-C 60-Si (111)-(7 × 7) interactions: a scanning tunneling microscopy study

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    Chen, Dong; Chen, Jian; Sarid, Dror

    1994-12-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been used to study the interaction of deposited silicon atoms with C 60 molecules adsorbed on Si(111)-(7 × 7) surfaces. In spite of the known strong bonding of C 60 molecules to the silicon surfaces, we find the unexpected result of lack of bonding of the deposited silicon atoms to the adsorbed C 60 molecules, at temperatures up to 600°C. The strong C 60-substrate interaction is revealed from the excessive substrate surface strain induced by the C 60 adsorbates, which creates a variety of metastable structures on the silicon surface.

  3. Non-IPR C60 solids.

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    Löffler, Daniel; Bajales, Noelia; Cudaj, Marcus; Weis, Patrick; Lebedkin, Sergei; Bihlmeier, Angela; Tew, David P; Klopper, Wim; Böttcher, Artur; Kappes, Manfred M

    2009-04-28

    Films comprising predominantly novel isomers of C(60) [=C(60)(nIPR)] have been generated by low energy ion beam deposition of vibronically excited C(60)(+) onto graphite followed by selective sublimation of C(60)(I(h)) from the deposited isomer mixture. The incident ions were generated by electron impact ionization/fragmentation of sublimed C(70). Images of the C(60)(nIPR) films obtained by applying atomic force microscopy show aggregates, which we attribute to covalently interlinked C(60)(nIPR) units. The covalent bonds are inferred from the significantly higher thermal stability of the C(60)(nIPR) films compared to the C(60)(I(h)) van der Waals solid-as measured by thermal desorption with mass spectrometric detection of the C(60) mass channel (the only desorbable species). In contrast to the characteristic doublet structure of the occupied valence band in the ultraviolet photoelectron spectrum of pure C(60)(I(h)), the valence band of C(60)(nIPR) films exhibits a triplet feature with the additional peak occurring at a binding energy of approximately 2.6 eV. This is an indicator of the electronic modifications induced by intermolecular bonding. C(60)(nIPR) films exhibit a narrower band gap than found for C(60)(I(h)). They also have significantly different chemical reactivity toward incorporation of thermal energy deuterium atoms. In order to model the experimental photoelectron spectra, various covalently linked oligomers of (#1809)C(60)(C(2v)), the second most stable conventional 60-atom fullerene cage, were calculated by means of the density functional theory. These spectral predictions together with analogous previous observations on related fullerene solids such as C(58) lead us to infer that C(60)(nIPR) films consist of fullerene cage isomers containing one or more adjacent pentagon pairs, which mediate covalent cage-cage interconnection.

  4. Infrared spectroscopy of fullerene C60/anthracene adducts

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    García-Hernández, D. A.; Cataldo, F.; Manchado, A.

    2013-09-01

    Recent Spitzer Space Telescope observations of several astrophysical environments such as planetary nebulae, reflection nebulae and R Coronae Borealis stars show the simultaneous presence of mid-infrared features attributed to neutral fullerene molecules (i.e. C60) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). If C60 fullerenes and PAHs coexist in fullerene-rich space environments, then C60 may easily form adducts with a number of different PAH molecules, at least with catacondensed PAHs. Here we present the laboratory infrared spectra (˜2-25 μm) of C60 fullerene and anthracene Diels-Alder mono- and bis-adducts as produced by sonochemical synthesis. We find that C60/anthracene Diels-Alder adducts display spectral features strikingly similar to those from C60 (and C70) fullerenes and other unidentified infrared emission features. Thus, fullerene adducts - if formed under astrophysical conditions and are stable/abundant enough - may contribute to the infrared emission features observed in fullerene-containing circumstellar/interstellar environments.

  5. Striped domains at the pentacene:C60 interface

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    Dougherty, Daniel B.; Jin, Wei; Cullen, William G.; Reutt-Robey, Janice E.; Robey, Steven W.

    2009-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy observations of the initial growth stages of the first layer of pentacene on a monolayer film of C60 on Ag(111) are presented. Pentacene films nucleate and grow with molecules standing up at the pentacene:C60 interface similar to thin film phases observed on weakly interacting substrates such as SiO2. Unlike reported thin film pentacene phases, those on 1 monolayer C60/Ag(111) exhibit a striated morphology with domains of 4 nm nominal width. This long range pattern of periodic pentacene displacements relative to the substrate is the response to stress induced in the pentacene film by its interaction with the rigid C60 support.

  6. Electronic structures and nonlinear optical properties of highly deformed halofullerenes C(3v) C60F18 and D(3d) C60Cl30.

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    Tang, Shu-Wei; Feng, Jing-Dong; Qiu, Yong-Qing; Sun, Hao; Wang, Feng-Di; Chang, Ying-Fei; Wang, Rong-Shun

    2010-11-15

    Electronic structures and nonlinear optical properties of two highly deformed halofullerenes C(3v) C(60)F(18) and D(3d) C(60)Cl(30) have been systematically studied by means of density functional theory. The large energy gaps (3.62 and 2.61 eV) between the highest occupied and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (HOMOs and LUMOs) and the strong aromatic character (with nucleus-independent chemical shifts varying from -15.08 to -23.71 ppm) of C(60)F(18) and C(60)Cl(30) indicate their high stabilities. Further investigations of electronic property show that C(60)F(18) and C(60)Cl(30) could be excellent electron acceptors for potential photonic/photovoltaic applications in consequence of their large vertical electron affinities. The density of states and frontier molecular orbitals are also calculated, which present that HOMOs and LUMOs are mainly distributed in the tortoise shell subunit of C(60)F(18) and the aromatic [18] trannulene ring of C(60)Cl(30), and the influence from halogen atoms is secondary. In addition, the static linear polarizability and second-order hyperpolarizability of C(60)F(18) and C(60)Cl(30) are calculated using finite-field approach. The values of and for C(60)F(18) and C(60)Cl(30) molecules are significantly larger than those of C(60) because of their lower symmetric structures and high delocalization of pi electrons.

  7. Reducing HAuCl4 by the C60 dianion: C60-directed self-assembly of gold nanoparticles into novel fullerene bound gold nanoassemblies

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    Liu, Wei; Gao, Xiang

    2008-10-01

    The C60 dianion is used to reduce tetrachloroauric acid (HAuCl4) for the first time; three-dimensional C60 bound gold (Au-C60) nanoclusters are obtained from C60-directed self-assembly of gold nanoparticles due to the strong affinities of Au-C60 and C60-C60. The process was monitored in situ by UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. The resulting Au-C60 nanoclusters were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray powder diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies. TEM demonstrates the formation of 3D nanonetwork aggregates, which are composed of discrete gold nanocores covered with a C60 monolayer. The SAED and XRD patterns indicate that the gold nanocores inside the capped C60 molecules belong to the face-centred cubic crystal structure, while the C60 molecules are amorphous. The EDS and XPS measurements validate that the Au-C60 nanoclusters contain only Au and C elements and Au3+ is reduced to Au0. FT-IR spectroscopy shows the chemiadsorption of C60 to the gold nanocores, while Raman spectroscopy demonstrates the electron transfer from the gold nanocores to the chemiadsorbed C60 molecules. Au-C60 nanoclusters embedded in tetraoctyl-n-ammonium bromide (TOAB) on glassy carbon electrodes (GCEs) have been fabricated and have shown stable and well-defined electrochemical responses in aqueous solution.

  8. Entrapping of exohedral metallofullerenes in carbon nanotubes: (CsC60)n@SWNT nano-peapods.

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    Sun, Bao-Yun; Sato, Yuta; Suenaga, Kazutomo; Okazaki, Toshiya; Kishi, Naoki; Sugai, Toshiki; Bandow, Shunji; Iijima, Sumio; Shinohara, Hisanori

    2005-12-28

    Exohedral C60-based metallofullerenes, CsC60, have been synthesized and successfully encapsulated into single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in high yield by reducing C60 molecules into anions. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images and in situ electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) indicate that Cs atoms and C60 molecules align within SWNTs as CsC60 exohedral metallofullerenes, and that the formal charge state of encaged CsC60 is expressed as Cs+1C60-1. The present peapods with the exohedral metallofullerenes provide a new insight and the possibility to fine-tune the electronic and transport properties of carbon nanotubes.

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  12. Mapping intermolecular bonding in C60

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    Sundqvist, Bertil

    2014-01-01

    The formation of intermolecular bonds in C60 has been investigated in detail at pressures below 2.2 GPa and up to 750 K. Fullerene samples were heated in a temperature gradient to obtain data on the formation of dimers and low-dimensional polymers along isobars. Intermolecular bonding was analyzed ex situ by Raman scattering, using both intramolecular modes and intermolecular stretching modes. Semi-quantitative reaction maps are given for the formation of dimers and chains. The activation energy for dimer formation decreases by 0.2 meV pm−1 when intermolecular distances decrease and dimer formation is noticeably affected by the rotational state of molecules. Above 400–450 K larger oligomers are formed; below 1.4 GPa most of these are disordered, with small domains of linear chains, but above this the appearance of stretching modes indicates the existence of ordered one-dimensional polymers. At the highest pressures and temperatures two-dimensional polymers are also observed. PMID:25145952

  13. Theoretical study of the structures and first hyperpolarizabilities of C60Cl n and Li@C60Cl n (n = 4, 6, 8, 10).

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    Song, Yao-Dong; Wang, Liang; Wu, Li-Ming

    2016-06-01

    We recently reported (Song Y-D et al., 2016, J Mol Model 22:50) that doping with Li greatly affects the static first hyperpolarizability of C60Cl2. In this work, with a view to creating nonlinear optical materials with high thermodynamic stability and wide transparent regions, a series of Li@C60Cl n (n = 4, 6, 8, 10) were designed. The structures, electrostatic potentials, electronic structures, absorption spectra, and linear and nonlinear optical properties of C60Cl n and Li@C60Cl n were systematically investigated using density functional theory (DFT) methods. The results of our calculations indicated that the stability of these molecules decreases in the order Li@C60Cl10 > Li@C60Cl8 > Li@C60Cl6 > Li@C60Cl4. It is clear that the number of Cl atoms greatly influences the stability of Li@C60Cl n . Li@C60Cl n showed greater thermodynamic stability than Li@C60Cl2. We also investigated the first hyperpolarizabilities of Li@C60Cl n and found them to be 2973, 3640, 4307, and 2627 au for n = 4, 6, 8, and 10, respectively-higher than that of Li@C60Cl2. Finally, we noted that the transparent region could be modulated by increasing the number of Cl atoms: Li@C60Cl n possess wider transparent regions than that of Li@C60Cl2. We therefore believe that this study has highlighted an effective method for designing nonlinear optical materials with high thermodynamic stability and wide transparent regions.

  14. Protective Fullerene (C60) Packaging System for Microelectromechanical Systems Applications

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    Olivas, John D. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    The invention involves a method for locating the probe of a scanning tunneling micrograph a predetermined distance from its conducting surface, and specifically the deposition of a monolayer of fullerene C60 onto the conducting plate. The Fullerene C60 molecule is approximately spherical and a monolayer of fullerene has a thickness of one nanometer. By providing a monolayer of fullerene on the conducting surface and locating the probe on the surface of the monolayer, a distance of one nanometer can be established between the probe tip and the conducting surface.

  15. An Ab Initio Study of Alkali-C60 Complexes

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    Frick, Nathan; Hira, A. S.; Ray, A. K.

    2003-03-01

    We extend our previous work on fullerene-alkali complexes1-2 by presenting the results of an ab initio theoretical study of the alkali LiC60+, LiC60, NaC60+, NaC60, KC60+, and KC60 complexes. In the endohedral complexes for Li and Na, there is displacement of the adatom from the center. Of the ions, exohedral Li+ will sit closest to the cage, and among the neutrals, exohedral K remains closest. Bond lengths are consistently longer for the fivefold and threefold approaches. Adsorbates inside the fullerene donate negative charge to the carbons, but ions outside obtain a small amount, resulting in a polarization of the molecule. In the ion complexes, there is lowering of the orbital energy levels by 3 to 4 eV, resulting in an increase in the number of bound, but unoccupied, electronic orbitals. The HOMO-LUMO gap, of interest in superconductivity studies, is reduced by about 50 1. A.S. Hira and A.K. Ray, Phys. Rev. A 52, 141(1995); A 54, 2205(1996). 2. Ajit Hira and A. K. Ray, "An Initio Modeling of the Endohedral and Exohedral Complexes of C60Na2+ Complexes", Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 47 (March 2002).

  16. Non-Engineered Nanoparticles of C60

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    Deguchi, Shigeru; Mukai, Sada-atsu; Sakaguchi, Hide; Nonomura, Yoshimune

    2013-01-01

    We discovered that rubbing bulk solids of C60 between fingertips generates nanoparticles including the ones smaller than 20 nm. Considering the difficulties usually associated with nanoparticle production by pulverisation, formation of nanoparticles by such a mundane method is unprecedented and noteworthy. We also found that nanoparticles of C60 could be generated from bulk solids incidentally without deliberate engineering of any sort. Our findings imply that there exist highly unusual human exposure routes to nanoparticles of C60, and elucidating formation mechanisms of nanoparticles is crucial in assessing their environmental impacts. PMID:23807024

  17. Characteristics of multivalent impurity doped C 60 films grown by MBE

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    Nishinaga, Jiro; Aihara, Tomoyuki; Kawaharazuka, Atsushi; Horikoshi, Yoshiji

    2007-04-01

    Metal-doped C 60 films (aluminum, gallium and germanium) are grown on GaAs and quartz glass substrates by solid source molecular beam epitaxy. Mechanical and optical properties of the films are investigated by Vickers hardness test and photoluminescence (PL) measurement. Vickers hardness values of all the impurity-doped C 60 films are considerably enhanced. PL peaks of the electron transition between the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital states of C 60 molecules are confirmed in Al-doped and Ga-doped C 60 films, but not in Ge-doped C 60 films. Optimized bonding structures of these impurity atoms to C 60 molecules are determined by using ab initio calculations. Stable covalent bonds between impurities and C 60 molecules are verified to be formed. The impurity atoms may act as bridges between C 60 molecules. The distortion of C 60 cages due to the bonding with metals is confirmed. In the Al- and Ga-doped C 60 films, this distortion probably makes the dipole forbidden transition relieved. The binding energies are found to be related to the experimentally determined Vickers hardness.

  18. Photocycloaddition of anthracene to excited C-60

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    Gol`dshleger, N.F.; Denisov, N.N.; Lobach, A.S.

    1995-02-01

    The ability to participate in photochemical cycloaddition reactions is characteristic feature of chromophores with a carbon double bond. In this work, the authors demonstrate the formation of an adduct by cycloaddition of anthracene to the triplet-excited C-60 fullerene under anaerobic conditions, which provides a straight forward way to synthesize new derivatives of C-60 fullerenes. Reaction methods, conditions, and mechanisms are included along with the characterization of the fullerene derivative with IR, MS, and NMR methods.

  19. Shock-wave processing of C60 in hydrogen

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    Biennier, L.; Jayaram, V.; Suas-David, N.; Georges, R.; Singh, M. Kiran; Arunan, E.; Kassi, S.; Dartois, E.; Reddy, K. P. J.

    2017-02-01

    Context. Interstellar carbonaceous particles and molecules are subject to intense shocks in astrophysical environments. Shocks induce a rapid raise in temperature and density which strongly affects the chemical and physical properties of both the gas and solid phases of the interstellar matter. Aims: The shock-induced thermal processing of C60 particles in hydrogen has been investigated in the laboratory under controlled conditions up to 3900 K with the help of a material shock-tube. Methods: The solid residues generated by the exposure of a C60/H2 mixture to a millisecond shock wave were collected and analyzed using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman micro-spectroscopy, and infrared micro-spectroscopy. The gaseous products were analyzed by Gas Chromatography and Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy. Results: Volatile end-products appear above reflected shock gas temperatures of 2540 K and reveal the substantial presence of small molecules with one or two C atoms. These observations confirm the role played by the C2 radical as a major product of C60 fragmentation and less expectedly highlight the existence of a single C atom loss channel. Molecules with more than two carbon atoms are not observed in the post-shock gas. The analysis of the solid component shows that C60 particles are rapidly converted into amorphous carbon with a number of aliphatic bridges. Conclusions: The absence of aromatic CH stretches on the IR spectra indicates that H atoms do not link directly to aromatic cycles. The fast thermal processing of C60 in H2 over the 800-3400 K temperature range leads to amorphous carbon. The analysis hints at a collapse of the cage with the formation of a few aliphatic connections. A low amount of hydrogen is incorporated into the carbon material. This work extends the range of applications of shock tubes to studies of astrophysical interest.

  20. Mechanism of complexation of the phenothiazine dye methylene blue with fullerene C60

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    Buchelnikov, A. S.; Kostyukov, V. V.; Yevstigneev, M. P.; Prylutskyy, Yu. I.

    2013-04-01

    The complexation of fullerene C60 with the aromatic dye methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution was studied. Spectrophotometric titration revealed a reasonably strong interaction between C60 and MB molecules with an equilibrium constant K = 2110 L/mol and the binding of up to five dye molecules with the surface of C60. The energy analysis of the MB-C60 system showed that the intermolecular and hydrophobic interactions were dominant in the energy profile of the complexation, and while the electrostatic factor played an insignificant role.

  1. First-principles investigation of organic photovoltaic materials C60, C70, [C60]PCBM , and bis-[C60]PCBM using a many-body G0W0 -Lanczos approach

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    Qian, Xiaofeng; Umari, Paolo; Marzari, Nicola

    2015-06-01

    We present a first-principles investigation of the excited-state properties of electron acceptors in organic photovoltaics including C60, C70, [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric-acid-methyl-ester ([C60]PCBM ), and bis-[C60]PCBM using many-body perturbation theory within the Hedin's G0W0 approximation and an efficient Lanczos approach. Calculated vertical ionization potentials (VIP) and vertical electron affinities (VEA) of C60 and C70 agree very well with experimental values measured in the gas phase. The density of states of all three molecules is also compared to photoemission and inverse photoemission spectra measured on thin films, and they exhibit a close agreement—a rigid energy-gap renormalization owing to intermolecular interactions in the thin films. In addition, it is shown that the low-lying unoccupied states of [C60]PCBM are all derived from the highest-occupied molecular orbitals and the lowest-unoccupied molecular orbitals of fullerene C60. The functional side group in [C60]PCBM introduces a slight electron transfer to the fullerene cage, resulting in small decreases of both VIP and VEA. This small change of VEA provides a solid justification for the increase of open-circuit voltage when replacing fullerene C60 with [C60]PCBM as the electron acceptor in bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells.

  2. Nitrogen-embedded buckybowl and its assembly with C60

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    Yokoi, Hiroki; Hiraoka, Yuya; Hiroto, Satoru; Sakamaki, Daisuke; Seki, Shu; Shinokubo, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    Curved π-conjugated molecules have attracted considerable interest because of the unique properties originating from their curved π surface. However, the synthesis of such distorted molecules requires harsh conditions, which hamper easy access to heteroatom-containing curved π systems. Here we report the synthesis of a π-extended azacorannulene with nitrogen in its centre. The oxidation of 9-aminophenanthrene provides tetrabenzocarbazole, which is converted to the azabuckybowl through palladium-catalysed intramolecular coupling. The electron-donating nature and curved π surface of the azabuckybowl enable its tight association with C60 in solution and solid states. High charge mobility is observed for the azabuckybowl/C60 assembly. This compound may be of interest in the fields of curved π systems as fullerene hosts, anisotropic π donors and precursors to nitrogen-containing nanocarbon materials. PMID:26337912

  3. Complexation of C60 fullerene with aromatic drugs.

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    Evstigneev, Maxim P; Buchelnikov, Anatoly S; Voronin, Dmitry P; Rubin, Yuriy V; Belous, Leonid F; Prylutskyy, Yuriy I; Ritter, Uwe

    2013-02-25

    The contributions of various physical factors to the energetics of complexation of aromatic drug molecules with C(60) fullerene are investigated in terms of the calculated magnitudes of equilibrium complexation constants and the components of the net Gibbs free energy. Models of complexation are developed taking into account the polydisperse nature of fullerene solutions in terms of the continuous or discrete (fractal) aggregation of C(60) molecules. Analysis of the energetics has shown that stabilization of the ligand-fullerene complexes in aqueous solution is mainly determined by intermolecular van der Waals interactions and, to lesser extent, by hydrophobic interactions. The results provide a physicochemical basis for a potentially new biotechnological application of fullerenes as modulators of biological activity of aromatic drugs.

  4. Temperature Evolution of Quasi-one-dimensional C60 Nanostructures on Rippled Graphene

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    Chen, Chuanhui; Zheng, Husong; Mills, Adam; Heflin, James R.; Tao, Chenggang

    2015-01-01

    We report the preparation of novel quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) C60 nanostructures on rippled graphene. Through careful control of the subtle balance between the linear periodic potential of rippled graphene and the C60 surface mobility, we demonstrate that C60 molecules can be arranged into a quasi-1D C60 chain structure with widths of two to three molecules. At a higher annealing temperature, the quasi-1D chain structure transitions to a more compact hexagonal close packed quasi-1D stripe structure. This first experimental realization of quasi-1D C60 structures on graphene may pave a way for fabricating new C60/graphene hybrid structures for future applications in electronics, spintronics and quantum information. PMID:26391054

  5. Temperature Evolution of Quasi-one-dimensional C60 Nanostructures on Rippled Graphene.

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    Chen, Chuanhui; Zheng, Husong; Mills, Adam; Heflin, James R; Tao, Chenggang

    2015-09-22

    We report the preparation of novel quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) C60 nanostructures on rippled graphene. Through careful control of the subtle balance between the linear periodic potential of rippled graphene and the C60 surface mobility, we demonstrate that C60 molecules can be arranged into a quasi-1D C60 chain structure with widths of two to three molecules. At a higher annealing temperature, the quasi-1D chain structure transitions to a more compact hexagonal close packed quasi-1D stripe structure. This first experimental realization of quasi-1D C60 structures on graphene may pave a way for fabricating new C60/graphene hybrid structures for future applications in electronics, spintronics and quantum information.

  6. Continuous symmetry of C60 fullerene and its derivatives.

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    Sheka, E F; Razbirin, B S; Nelson, D K

    2011-04-21

    Conventionally, the I(h) symmetry of fullerene C(60) is accepted, which is supported by numerous calculations. However, this conclusion results from the consideration of the molecule electron system, of its odd electrons in particular, in a closed-shell approximation without taking the electron spin into account. Passing to the open-shell approximation has led to both the energy and the symmetry lowering up to C(i). Seemingly contradicting to a high-symmetry pattern of experimental recording, particularly concerning the molecule electronic spectra, the finding is considered in this Article from the continuous symmetry viewpoint. Exploiting continuous symmetry measure and continuous symmetry level approaches, it was shown that formal C(i) symmetry of the molecule is by 99.99% I(h). A similar continuous symmetry analysis of the fullerene monoderivatives gives a reasonable explanation of a large variety of their optical spectra patterns within the framework of the same C(1) formal symmetry exhibiting a strong stability of the C(60) skeleton. TOC color pictures present chemical portrait of C(60) in terms of atomic chemical susceptibility (Sheka, E. Fullerenes: Nanochemistry, Nanomagnetism, Nanomedicine, Nanophotonics; CRC Press: Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, 2011).

  7. Protective Fullerene (C60) Packaging System for Microelectromechanical Systems Applications

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    Olivas, John D. (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    The invention involves tunneling tips to their conducting surface, and specifically the deposition of a monolayer of fullerene C60 onto the conducting plate surface to protect the tunneling tip from contact. The Fullerene C60 molecule is approximately spherical, and a monolayer of fullerene has a thickness of one nanometer, such that a monolayer thereby establishing the theoretical distance desired between the MEMS tunneling tip and the conducting plate. Exploiting the electrical conductivity of C60 the tip can be accurately positioned by simply monitoring conductivity between the fullerene and the tunneling tip. By monitoring the Conductivity between the tip and the fullerene layer as the tip is brought in proximity, the surfaces can be brought together without risk of contacting the underlying conducting surface. Once the tunneling tip is positioned at the one nanometer spacing, with only the monolayer of fullerene between the tunneling tip and the conducting plate, the monolayer of C60, can be broken down thermally and removed chemically leaving only the tunneling tip and the conducting plate at the ideal tunneling spacing. Alternatively, the properties of fullerene allow the tunneling process to occur directly across the fullerene monolayer.

  8. Density functional study of reactivity and regioselectivity of H2O C60

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    KC, Govinda Bahadur

    The exohedral reactivity of endohedral fullerene has aroused significant interest because of its potential applications in biology, medicine and material science. The encapsulation of a single water molecule without any hydrogen bonding to other compounds, inside the hydrophobic environment of C60 is an intriguing topic to study about. In 2011, Kurotobi and Murata successfully synthesized H2O C60 fullerene. The presence of a polar water molecule inside the cage is expected to cause changes in the exohedral reactivity of C60. In order to find out the impact of an entrapped single water molecule on the reactivity of C60 fullerene, we use density functional theory to study the thermodynamics and kinetics of [4+2] Diels-Alder reaction of 1, 3 cis butadiene at all non-identical bonds of free C60 and H2O C60. Our calculations show that the encapsulation of a single water molecule does not have any significant effect on the exohedral reactivity compared to free C60. Moreover, the obtained reaction energies and activation barriers indicate that [6, 6] bond is more reactive than [5, 6] bond and thus cycloaddition is clearly favored at [6, 6] bond. The dipole moment of the H2O C60 is only 0.48 Debye significantly smaller than that of water molecule. The infrared and Raman spectra of the endohedral fullerene are also computed.

  9. High pressure infrared spectroscopy study on C60∗CS2 solvates

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    Du, Mingrun; Zhou, Miao; Yao, Mingguang; Ge, Peng; Chen, Shuanglong; Yang, Xigui; Liu, Ran; Liu, Bo; Cui, Tian; Sundqvist, Bertil; Liu, Bingbing

    2017-02-01

    High pressure IR study has been carried out on C60∗CS2 solvates up to 34.8 GPa. It is found that the intercalated CS2 molecules significantly affect the transformations of C60 molecules under pressure. As a probe, the intercalated CS2 molecules can well detect the orientational ordering transition and deformation of C60 molecules under pressure. The chemical stability of CS2 molecules under pressure is also dramatically enhanced due to the spacial shielding effet from C60 molecules around in the solvated crystal. These results provide new insight into the effect of interactions between intercalants and fullerenes on the transformations in fullerene solvates under pressure.

  10. Sublimation of hydrofullerenes C 60H 36 and C 60H 18

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    Dorozhko, P. A.; Lobach, A. S.; Popov, A. A.; Senyavin, V. M.; Korobov, M. V.

    2001-03-01

    Thermal behavior of two hydrofullerenes, C 60H 36 and C 60H 18, was studied by means of Knudsen cell mass-spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy. Vapor pressures and enthalpies of sublimation at T=550-685 K were measured. Sublimation of the hydrofullerenes was accompanied by partial loss of hydrogen. Decomposition of C 60H 36 was confirmed to be a stepwise process with formation of C 60H 18 as an intermediate product. The material of the Knudsen cell strongly affected the partial pressures and mass-spectra of the hydrofullerene vapor species.

  11. Rotational dynamics of confined C60 from near-infrared Raman studies under high pressure.

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    Zou, Yonggang; Liu, Bingbing; Wang, Liancheng; Liu, Dedi; Yu, Shidan; Wang, Peng; Wang, Tianyi; Yao, Mingguang; Li, Quanjun; Zou, Bo; Cui, Tian; Zou, Guangtian; Wågberg, Thomas; Sundqvist, Bertil; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2009-12-29

    Peapods present a model system for studying the properties of dimensionally constrained crystal structures, whose dynamical properties are very important. We have recently studied the rotational dynamics of C(60) molecules confined inside single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) by analyzing the intermediate frequency mode lattice vibrations using near-infrared Raman spectroscopy. The rotation of C(60) was tuned to a known state by applying high pressure, at which condition C(60) first forms dimers at low pressure and then forms a single-chain, nonrotating, polymer structure at high pressure. In the latter state the molecules form chains with a 2-fold symmetry. We propose that the C(60) molecules in SWNT exhibit an unusual type of ratcheted rotation due to the interaction between C(60) and SWNT in the "hexagon orientation," and the characteristic vibrations of ratcheted rotation becomes more obvious with decreasing temperature.

  12. The low-temperature heat capacity of fullerite C60

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    Bagatskii, M. I.; Sumarokov, V. V.; Barabashko, M. S.; Dolbin, A. V.; Sundqvist, B.

    2015-08-01

    The heat capacity at constant pressure of fullerite C60 has been investigated using an adiabatic calorimeter in a temperature range from 1.2 to 120 K. Our results and literature data have been analyzed in a temperature interval from 0.2 to 300 K. The contributions of the intramolecular and lattice vibrations into the heat capacity of C60 have been separated. The contribution of the intramolecular vibration becomes significant above 50 K. Below 2.3 K the experimental temperature dependence of the heat capacity of C60 is described by the linear and cubic terms. The limiting Debye temperature at T →0 K has been estimated (Θ0 = 84.4 K). In the interval from 1.2 to 30 K the experimental curve of the heat capacity of C60 describes the contributions of rotational tunnel levels, translational vibrations (in the Debye model with Θ0 = 84.4 K), and librations (in the Einstein model with ΘE,lib = 32.5 K). It is shown that the experimental temperature dependences of heat capacity and thermal expansion are proportional in the region from 5 to 60 K. The contribution of the cooperative processes of orientational disordering becomes appreciable above 180 K. In the high-temperature phase the lattice heat capacity at constant volume is close to 4.5 R, which corresponds to the high-temperature limit of translational vibrations (3 R) and the near-free rotational motion of C60 molecules (1.5 R).

  13. Nonlinear optical response of C60 in solvents: picosecond transient grating experiments

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    Khudyakov, Dmitriy V.; Rubtsov, Igor V.; Lobach, Anatolii S.; Nadtochenko, Victor A.

    1996-05-01

    Time-resolved resonant nonlinear optical response of C60 in a chlorobenzene solution was measured for 528 nm excitation and 1055, 528, and 351 nm probing for zzzz and zzyy configurations. The slow part of the signal (8 +/- 2 ps) was attributed to the orientational motion of C60 excited molecules.

  14. Structure and dynamics in self-organized C60 fullerenes.

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    Patnaik, Archita

    2007-01-01

    This manuscript on 'structure and dynamics in self-organized C60 fullerenes' has three sections dealing with: (A) pristine C60 aggregate structure and geometry in solvents of varying dielectric constant. Here, using positronium (Ps) as a fundamental probe which maps changes in the local electron density of the microenvironment, the onset concentration for stable C60 aggregate formation and its phase behavior is deduced from the specific interactions of the Ps atom with the surrounding. (B) A novel methanofullerene dyad, based on a hydrophobic (acceptor C60 moiety)-hydrophilic (bridge with benzene and ester functionalities)-hydrophobic (donor didodecyloxybenzene) network is chosen for investigation of characteristic self-assembly it undergoes leading to supramolecular aggregates. The pi-electronic amphiphile, necessitating a critical dielectric constant epsilon > or = 30 in binary THF-water mixtures, dictated the formation of bilayer vesicles as precursors for spherical fractal aggregates upon complete dyad extraction into a more polar water phase. (C) While the molecular orientation is dependent on the packing density, the ordering of the molecular arrangement, indispensable for self-assembly depends on the balance between the structures demanded by inter-molecular and molecule-substrate interactions. The molecular orientation in a monolayer affects the orientation in a multilayer, formed on the monolayer, suggesting the possibility of the latter to act as a template for controlling the structure of the three dimensionally grown self-assembled molecular aggregation. A systematic study on the electronic structure and orientation associated with C60 functionalized aminothiol self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) surface is presented using surface sensitive Ultra-Violet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS) and C-K edge Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. The results revealed drastic modifications to d-band structure of Au(111) and the

  15. Ortho-para conversion of endohedral water in the fullerene C60 at cryogenic temperatures

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    Shugai, Anna; Nagel, U.; Rõõm, T.; Mamone, S.; Concistrè, M.; Meier, B.; Krachmalnicoff, A.; Whitby, R. J.; Levitt, M. H.; Lei, Xuegong; Li, Yongjun; Turro, N. J.

    2015-03-01

    Water displays the phenomenon of spin isomerism in which the two proton spins either couple to form a triplet (ortho water, I = 1) or a singlet nuclear spin state (para water, I = 0). Here we study the interconversion of para and ortho water. The exact mechanism of this process is still not fully understood. In order to minimize interactions between molecules we use a sample where a single H2O is trapped in the C60 molecular cage (H2O@C60)andH2O@C60iscrystallized.H2O@C60 has long-lived ortho state and ortho-para conversion kinetics is non-exponential at LHeT. We studied mixtures of H2O@C60, D2O@C60 and C60 using IR absorption, NMR and dielectric measurements. We saw the speeding up of the interconversion with the growth of H2O@C60 concentration in C60 or when D2O@C60 was added. At some temperatures the kinetics is exponential. Models are discussed in order to explain the T and concentration dependence of ortho-para interconversion kinetics. This work was supported by institutional research funding IUT23-3 of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

  16. Electronic Structure of Crystalline Buckyballs: fcc-C60

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    Jalali-Asadabadi, Saeid; Ghasemikhah, E.; Ouahrani, T.; Nourozi, B.; Bayat-Bayatani, M.; Javanbakht, S.; Aliabad, H. A. Rahnamaye; Ahmad, Iftikhar; Nematollahi, J.; Yazdani-Kachoei, M.

    2016-01-01

    The electronic properties of pristine fcc-C60 are calculated by utilizing a variety of density functional theory (DFT) approaches including the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA), PBE-GGA+DFT-D3(vdW), Engel and Vosko GGA (EV-GGA), GGA plus Hubbard U parameter (GGA+U), hybrids Becke-Perdew-Wang hybrid functional (B3PW91), Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr hybrid functional (B3LYP), the PBE exchange-correlation functional (PBE0), and Tran and Blaha regular and non-regular modified Becke and Johnson (TB-mBJ) potential within a DFT frame work using augmented plane waves plus local orbital method. The comparison of the calculated results with the experimental values shows that the non-regular TB-mBJ method reproduces a correct experimental direct band gap of 2.12 eV at X symmetry for this compound. The effectiveness of this theoretical approach in the reproduction of the experimental band gap is due to the proper treatment of the electrons in the interstitial region of the crystal. Our results show that the C60 clusters are weakly interacting with each other in the fcc crystal. This study also reveals that the five-fold degeneracies of the isolated C60 molecule due to its icosahedral symmetry are completely lifted at an X symmetry point by the crystal field.

  17. First principles study on the electronic transport properties of C60 and B80 molecular bridges

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    Zheng, X. H.; Hao, H.; Lan, J.; Wang, X. L.; Shi, X. Q.; Zeng, Z.

    2014-08-01

    The electronic transport properties of molecular bridges constructed by C60 and B80 molecules which have the same symmetry are investigated by first principles calculations combined with a non-equilibrium Green's function technique. It is found that, like C60, monomer B80 is a good conductor arising from the charge transfer from the leads to the molecule, while the dimer (B80)2 and (C60)2 are both insulators due to the potential barrier formed at the molecule-molecule interface. Our further study shows that, although both the homogeneous dimer (B80)2 and (C60)2 display poor conductivity, the heterogeneous dimer B80C60 shows a very high conductance as a result from the decreased HOMO-LUMO gap and the excess charge redistribution. Finally, we find that the conductivity of both (B80)2 and (C60)2 can be significantly improved by electron doping, for example, by doping C in (B80)2 and doping N in (C60)2.

  18. Impurity Decoration for Crystal Shape Control: C60 on Ag(111)

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    Stasevich, T. J.; Tao, C. G.; Cullen, W. G.; Williams, E. D.; Einstein, T. L.

    2008-03-01

    The decoration of hexagonal Ag/Ag(111) monolayer islands by chains of C60, observed via STM at 300K, dramatically changes their shape and fluctuations. We tune coverage so that a single C60 chain fully decorates each Ag island boundary.ootnotetextC.G. Tao et al., PRB 73, 125436 (2006); Nano Letters 7, 1495 (2007). The C60-induced rounding appears due to competing energetic and entropic effects.ootnotetextT.J. Stasevich & TLE, (SIAM) Multiscale Model. Simul. 6, 90 (2007) We estimate the Ag - C60 and C60 - C60 attractions as ˜0.13 eV and ˜0.04 eV, respectively.ootnotetextT.J. Stasevich et al., submitted. The edge fluctuations are remarkable: 1) C60 decoration does not notably impede the step-edge diffusion (SED) and 2) while the bare-island fluctuations are driven by SED, the decorated island has the signature of non-conserved dynamics, even though the C60s remain at the island edge. We suggest that rapidly diffusing Ag atoms randomly attracting the nearby C60s. Generalizations of our model show that both spherical and rectangular decorating molecules will similarly lower the energy of highly-kinked boundaries, leading to similar island shape changes.

  19. Competing length scales for the electronic structure of rings of C60

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    Tan, Jerry; Bryant, Garnett

    Recently, rings of C60 have been fabricated. This opens up the possibility of studying the electronic structure of complex nanosystems with competing length scales: here the length scale defined by individual C60 molecules, the length scale defined by moving along the inner edge of the ring of C60s, and the length scale for the outer edge. The effects of such competing length scales could be probed with a magnetic field B. We use a tight-binding model to study these effects theoretically. Noninteracting electrons are considered. B is included with a Peierls transformation. Calculated electronic spectrum for an isolated ring of carbons, here used as a simple model for C60, is compared with spectra for rings of carbon rings. Changes in spectra due to inter-ring hopping are identified. New structure in the density of states is correlated with the spatial distribution of states in rings of rings. A magnetic field is applied to access and couple different length scales. Calculated spectra for rings of full C60 molecules are compared with the model results to highlight the effects of competing length scales in C60 rings. Results are used to suggest possible experiments for rings of C60 molecules.

  20. Optical High Harmonic Generation in C60

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    Zhang, Guoping

    2005-03-01

    C60 et al. Physical Review Letters Physical Review B High harmonic generation (HHG) requires a strong laser field, but in a relatively weak laser field is sufficient. Numerical results presented here show while its low order harmonics result from the laser field, its high order ones are mainly from the multiple excitations. Since high order harmonics directly correlate electronic transitions, the HHG spectrum accurately measures transition energies. Therefore, is not only a promising material for HHG, but may also present an opportunity to develop HHG into an electronic structure probing tool. References: G. P. Zhang, 91, 176801 (2003); G. P. Zhang and T. F. George, 68, 165410 (2003); P. B. Corkum, 71, 1994 (1993); G. P. Zhang and Thomas F. George, 93, 147401 (2004); H. Niikura ,ature 417, 917 (2002); ibid. 421, 826 (2003); Y. Mairesse ,cience 302, 1540 (2003); A. Baltuska ,ature 421, 611 (2003).

  1. Sorption of nano-C60 clusters in soil: hydrophilic or hydrophobic interactions?

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    Forouzangohar, Mohsen; Kookana, Rai S

    2011-05-01

    We studied the sorption behaviour of fullerene nano-C(60) particles (nC(60)) in soil from binary solvent mixtures of ethanol-water in order to critically evaluate the previous reports in the literature that the partitioning mechanism explains the soil sorption of fullerene C(60) as hydrophobic molecules. The sorption of nC(60) particles was studied in a range of solvent mixtures by changing volume fractions of ethanol from 20 to 100 percent. Sorption and particle characteristics were found to be very different in ethanol : water mixtures above and below 60% ethanol. In the range of 20-60% ethanol, sorption increased from 1.2 to 14.6 L kg(-1) accompanied by a change in zeta (ζ) potential from -32.4 to -7.2 mV. This observation can be attributed to hydrophilic interactions that negatively charged nC(60) particles undergo with soil colloids and water molecules. From 60% to 100% ethanol volume fractions, hydrophobic interactions of weakly charged nanoparticles may control the overall extent of soil sorption. The findings of this study indicate the importance of hydrophilic forces in controlling the sorption behaviour of nC(60) particles which are stabilized in water dominated solvent mixtures. The validity of the partitioning mechanism and K(OC) modelling approach in describing and estimating the sorption of nC(60) particles in soil (previously suggested in the literature) are, therefore, questioned.

  2. Preparation and biodistribution of radiolabeled fullerene C60 nanocrystals

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    Nikolić, Nadežda; Vranješ-Ðurić, Sanja; Janković, Drina; Ðokić, Divna; Mirković, Marija; Bibić, Nataša; Trajković, Vladimir

    2009-09-01

    The present study describes for the first time a procedure for the radiolabeling of fullerene (C60) nanocrystals (nanoC60) with Na 125I, as well as the biodistribution of radiolabeled nanoC60 (125I-nanoC60). The solvent exchange method with tetrahydrofuran was used to make colloidal water suspensions of radiolabeled nanoC60 particles. The radiolabeling procedure with the addition of Na 125I to tetrahydrofuran during dissolution of C60 gave a higher radiochemical yield of radiolabeled nanoC60 particles in comparison to the second option, in which Na 125I was added after C60 was dissolved. Using photon correlation spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy, 125I-nanoC60 particles were found to have a crystalline structure and a mean diameter of 200-250 nm. The 125I-nanoC60 had a particularly high affinity for human serum albumin, displaying 95% binding efficiency after 1 h. Biodistribution studies of 125I-nanoC60 in rats indicated significant differences in tissue accumulation of 125I-nanoC60 and the radioactive tracer Na 125I. The higher accumulation of radiolabeled nanoC60 was observed in liver and spleen, while accumulation in thyroid, stomach, lungs and intestines was significantly lower in comparison to Na 125I. In addition to being useful for testing the biological distribution of nanoC60, the described radiolabeling procedure might have possible applications in cancer radiotherapy.

  3. C60 fullerene promotes lung monolayer collapse

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    Barnoud, Jonathan; Urbini, Laura; Monticelli, Luca

    2015-01-01

    Airborne nanometre-sized pollutants are responsible for various respiratory diseases. Such pollutants can reach the gas-exchange surface in the alveoli, which is lined with a monolayer of lung surfactant. The relationship between physiological effects of pollutants and molecular-level interactions is largely unknown. Here, we determine the effects of carbon nanoparticles on the properties of a model of lung monolayer using molecular simulations. We simulate phase-separated lipid monolayers in the presence of a model pollutant nanoparticle, C60 fullerene. In the absence of nanoparticles, the monolayers collapse only at very low surface tensions (around 0 mN m−1). In the presence of nanoparticles, instead, monolayer collapse is observed at significantly higher surface tensions (up to ca 10 mN m−1). Collapse at higher tensions is related to lower mechanical rigidity of the monolayer. It is possible that similar mechanisms operate on lung surfactant in vivo, which suggests that health effects of airborne carbon nanoparticles may be mediated by alterations of the mechanical properties of lung surfactant. PMID:25589571

  4. Anti-influenza activity of c60 fullerene derivatives.

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    Shoji, Masaki; Takahashi, Etsuhisa; Hatakeyama, Dai; Iwai, Yuma; Morita, Yuka; Shirayama, Riku; Echigo, Noriko; Kido, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Shigeo; Mashino, Tadahiko; Okutani, Takeshi; Kuzuhara, Takashi

    2013-01-01

    The H1N1 influenza A virus, which originated in swine, caused a global pandemic in 2009, and the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus has also caused epidemics in Southeast Asia in recent years. Thus, the threat from influenza A remains a serious global health issue, and novel drugs that target these viruses are highly desirable. Influenza A RNA polymerase consists of the PA, PB1, and PB2 subunits, and the N-terminal domain of the PA subunit demonstrates endonuclease activity. Fullerene (C60) is a unique carbon molecule that forms a sphere. To identify potential new anti-influenza compounds, we screened 12 fullerene derivatives using an in vitro PA endonuclease inhibition assay. We identified 8 fullerene derivatives that inhibited the endonuclease activity of the PA N-terminal domain or full-length PA protein in vitro. We also performed in silico docking simulation analysis of the C60 fullerene and PA endonuclease, which suggested that fullerenes can bind to the active pocket of PA endonuclease. In a cell culture system, we found that several fullerene derivatives inhibit influenza A viral infection and the expression of influenza A nucleoprotein and nonstructural protein 1. These results indicate that fullerene derivatives are possible candidates for the development of novel anti-influenza drugs.

  5. Tuning the conductance of H2O@C60 by position of the encapsulated H2O

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    Zhu, Chengbo; Wang, Xiaolin

    2015-01-01

    The change of conductance of single-molecule junction in response to various external stimuli is the fundamental mechanism for the single-molecule electronic devices with multiple functionalities. We propose the concept that the conductance of molecular systems can be tuned from inside. The conductance is varied in C60 with encapsulated H2O, H2O@C60. The transport properties of the H2O@C60-based nanostructure sandwiched between electrodes are studied using first-principles calculations combined with the non-equilibrium Green’s function formalism. Our results show that the conductance of the H2O@C60 is sensitive to the position of the H2O and its dipole direction inside the cage with changes in conductance up to 20%. Our study paves a way for the H2O@C60 molecule to be a new platform for novel molecule-based electronics and sensors. PMID:26643873

  6. Retention of Aqu/C60 Nanoparticles on Quartz Surfaces

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    Studies have shown that C60 fullerene can form stable suspensions of colloidal sized particles in water resulting in C60 aqueous concentrations many orders of magnitude above C60’s aqueous solubility. These studies have raised concern over the mobility and distribution of fuller...

  7. Investigation of Photochemical Properties of C60 Aggregates in Water

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    As an emerging new material with unique structure and properties, the behavior and fate of Buckminster fullerene (C60) in natural waters has gained increasing attention. Although the water solubility of C60 is extremely low, the formation of C60 aggregates in water could alter th...

  8. Molecular dynamics simulations on the interactions of low molecular weight natural organic acids with C60.

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    Sun, Qian; Xie, Hong-Bin; Chen, Jingwen; Li, Xuehua; Wang, Zhuang; Sheng, Lianxi

    2013-07-01

    As an important part of dissolved organic matter (DOM), low molecular weight organic acids (LOAs) may play a key role in the process for DOM stabilizing carbon nanomaterials (e.g. C60) suspensions in aquatic environment. In addition, both LOAs and C60 have been detected in the troposphere and therefore have a chance to interact with each other in the gaseous phase. However, the mechanism for LOAs-C60 interactions and their environmental implications need further investigations. In this study, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation was employed to investigate the interactions between both neutral and ionic LOAs with C60 in vacuum and water. The results showed that the adsorptions of all LOAs on C60 in energy are favorable, and the aromatic acids have stronger interactions with C60 than the aliphatic acids in vacuum and water. The interaction energies (Eint) of the LOA anions with C60 were weaker than those of their corresponding neutral LOA molecules. The models were also developed to predict and interpret Eint based on the results from MD simulations. Dispersion, induction and hydrophobic interactions were found to be the dominating factor in Eint. These findings indicate that cost-efficient MD simulation can be employed as an important tool to predict the adsorption behavior of LOAs on carbon nanomaterials.

  9. Probing Exciton Diffusion and Dissociation in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube-C60 Heterojunctions

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    Dowgiallo, Anne-Marie; Mistry, Kevin S.; Johnson, Justin C.; Reid, Obadiah G.; Blackburn, Jeffrey L.

    2016-05-19

    The efficiency of thin-film organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices relies heavily upon the transport of excitons to type-II heterojunction interfaces, where there is sufficient driving force for exciton dissociation and ultimately the formation of charge carriers. Semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are strong near-infrared absorbers that form type-II heterojunctions with fullerenes such as C60. Although the efficiencies of SWCNT-fullerene OPV devices have climbed over the past few years, questions remain regarding the fundamental factors that currently limit their performance. In this study, we determine the exciton diffusion length in the C60 layer of SWCNT-C60 bilayer active layers using femtosecond transient absorption measurements. We demonstrate that hole transfer from photoexcited C60 molecules to SWCNTs can be tracked by the growth of narrow spectroscopic signatures of holes in the SWCNT 'reporter layer'. In bilayers with thick C60 layers, the SWCNT charge-related signatures display a slow rise over hundreds of picoseconds, reflecting exciton diffusion through the C60 layer to the interface. A model based on exciton diffusion with a Beer-Lambert excitation profile, as well as Monte Carlo simulations, gives the best fit to the data as a function of C60 layer thickness using an exciton diffusion length of approximately 5 nm.

  10. Between Crystal and Glass: Thermal Transport in C60 Molecular Crystals

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    Lu, Simon; Kumar, Sushant; McGaughey, Alan

    Molecular crystals of the fullerene C60 and its derivatives [e.g., phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM)] are candidate materials for use in photovoltaics and thermoelectrics. In thermoelectrics, their usefulness is due in part to their exceptionally low thermal conductivities (0.4 W/m-K for C60 and 0.05 W/m-K for PCBM) at room temperature. Little is known regarding the microscopic physics underlying these low thermal conductivities. An important question is whether thermal transport in the C60 molecular crystal is (i) crystal-like, where energy is transported as collective vibrations of the centers of mass of the molecules, or (ii) amorphous-like, where energy diffuses from molecule to molecule. We use molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and the Green-Kubo method to probe this question by predicting the relative contributions of crystal-like and amorphous-like transport to the thermal conductivity of the C60 molecular crystal. To isolate crystal-like transport, we perform simulations on C60 crystals where molecular rotations and intra-molecular vibrations are prohibited. To isolate amorphous-like transport, we fix the centers of mass of the molecules. We compare the MD results to predictions from a fully diffusive network resistance model. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant DMR-1507325).

  11. Theoretical characterisation of irreversible and reversible hydrogen storage reactions on Ni-doped C60 fullerene

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    Shalabi, A. S.; El Mahdy, A. M.; Soliman, K. A.; Taha, H. O.

    2014-12-01

    An attempt has been made to characterise the irreversible and reversible hydrogen storage reactions on Ni-doped C60 fullerene by using the state of the art density functional theory calculations. The single Ni atom prefers to bind at the bridge site between two hexagonal rings of C60 fullerene, and can bind up to four hydrogen molecules with average adsorption energies of -0.85, -0.83, -0.58, and -0.31 eV per hydrogen molecule. No evidence for metal clustering in the ideal circumstances and the hydrogen storage capacity is expected to be as large as 8.9 wt%. While the desorption activation barriers of the complexes nH2NiC60 (n = 1, 2) are outside the desirable energy window recommended by the department of energy for practical applications (-0.2 to -0.6 eV), the desorption activation barriers of the complexes nH2NiC60 (n = 3, 4) are inside this window. The irreversible 2H2 + NiC60 and reversible 3H2 + NiC60 interactions are characterised in terms of several theoretical parameters such as: (1) densities of states and projected densities of states, (2) pairwise and non-pairwise additivity, (3) infrared, Raman, and proton magnetic resonance spectra, (4) electrophilicity, and (5) statistical thermodynamic stability.

  12. The Curators of the University of Missouri Modeling the Infrared Emission of C_60 in Space

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    Li, Aigen

    Fullerenes are cage-like molecules of pure carbon, such as C_60, C_70, C_76, and C_84. C_60, also known as buckminsterfullerene, is the most stable fullerene and has a soccer- ball like structure. The presence of fullerenes in space has been suggested and observationally explored since their first synthesis in the laboratory in 1985 by Harry Kroto and his colleagues which earned them the 1996 Nobel prize in chemistry. C_60 (as well as C_70) has recently been detected in reflection nebulae, post-AGB stars, protoplanetary nebulae, planetary nebulae, Herbig Ae/Be stars, and young stellar objects through their characteristic infrared emission bands. The formation of C_60 in interstellar and circumstellar environments is not firmly established. Experimental studies have shown that C_60 can be made by gas-phase condensation (e.g. through vaporization of graphite) in a hydrogen-poor environment. In view of the simultaneous detection of C_60 and PAHs in hydrogen-rich interstellar and circumstellar regions, it has also been suggested that C_60 could be generated by the decomposition of hydrogenated amorphous carbon, or the destruction of PAHs, both induced by shocks and/or UV photoprocessing. The phase (gas or solid) and excitation mechanism of C_60 in interstellar and circumstellar conditions are also hotly debated in the literature. One model suggests that C_60 is attached to dust and emits in solid-phase at the equilibrium temperature of the dust. Another model suggests that C_60 is stochastically excited by UV photons and emits in the gas-phase. We prefer the latter model as in interstellar and circumstellar conditions the energy content of a C_60 molecule is often smaller than the energy of a single starlight photon and C_60 is expected to undergo stochastical heating. We propose a two-year project to model the vibrational excitation of C_60 and calculate its infrared emission spectra in a wide variety of regions (e.g. reflection nebulae excited by stars of a range of

  13. Colloidal Properties of Aqueous Fullerenes: Isoelectric Points and Aggregation Kinetics of C60 and C60 Derivatives

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    Aqueous colloidal suspensions of C-60 (aqu/C-60) and the C-60 derivatives PCBM ([6,6]-phenyl C-61-butyric acid methyl ester) and the corresponding butyl and octyl esters, PCBB and PCBO (aqu/PCB-R, where R is an alkyl group), were produced by stirring in double deionized water for...

  14. Structural transitions of SWNT filled with C60 under high pressure

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    Yong-gang, Zou; Li, Xu; Kun, Tian; He, Zhang; Xiao-hui, Ma; Ming-guang, Yao

    2016-05-01

    Raman spectra of C60 filled single-walled carbon nanotubes (C60@SWNTs) with diameters of 1.3-1.5 nm have been studied under high pressure. A plateau in the pressure dependence of the G-band frequency at around 10 GPa was observed in both experiments with 514 nm and 830 nm excitation lasers, which is similar to the high pressure behaviors of pristine SWNTs. This structural transition has been assigned to the transformation into a peanut-like structure of the nanotubes. At pressure below 2 GPa, no obvious Raman signature related to the structural transition of nanotubes was observed, unlike what has been reported for C70 filled nanotubes. We discussed this point in terms of the arrangement differences of C60 and C70 molecules inside the nanotubes. At higher pressure up to 15 GPa, a graphite-like pressure evolution was observed in our C60@SWNTs.

  15. Rotational reorientation dynamics of C60 in various solvents. Picosecond transient grating experiments

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    Rubtsov, I. V.; Khudiakov, D. V.; Nadtochenko, V. A.; Lobach, A. S.; Moravskii, A. P.

    1994-11-01

    The picosecond transient grating technique has been used to study the rotational reorientation of C60 in various solvents: in toluene 7 +/- 1.5 ps, o-dichlorobenzene 10.3 +/- 1.5 ps, o-xylene 13 +/- 2 ps and in decalin 3.5 +/- 1.5 ps. The data obtained cannot be described by hydrodynamic Debye theory. Rough-sphere fluid theory predicts the correct values for C60 rotation in toluene, o-dichlorobenzene and in decalin. The deviations for o-xylene are probably connected with the specifics of the local solvent structure or with the stronger interaction of C60 with solvent molecules. The rotation of C60 in decalin is rapid and approaches the rotation in the gas phase determined by inertia.

  16. Synthesis and high pressure induced amorphization of C60 nanosheets

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    Wang, Lin; Liu, Bingbing; Liu, Dedi; Yao, Mingguang; Yu, Shidan; Hou, Yuanyuan; Zou, Bo; Cui, Tian; Zou, Guangtian; Sundqvist, Bertil; Luo, Zongju; Li, Hui; Li, Yanchun; Liu, Jing; Chen, Shijian; Wang, Guorui; Liu, Yichun

    2007-09-01

    C60 nanosheets with thicknesses in the nanometer range were synthesized by a simple method. Compared to bulk C60, the lattice of the nanosheets is expanded by about 0.4%. In situ Raman spectroscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction under high pressures have been employed to study the structure of the nanosheets. The studies indicate that the bulk modulus of the C60 nanosheets is significantly larger than that of bulk C60. The C60 cages in nanosheets can persist at pressures over 30GPa, 3GPa higher than for bulk C60. These results suggest that C60 crystals in even small size will be a potential candidate of superhard materials.

  17. Production of Self-Assembled Fullerene (C60) Nanocrystals at Liquid-Liquid Interface.

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    Shrestha, Rekha Goswami; Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Abe, Masahiko; Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2015-03-01

    Here we present self-assembled nanostructure of functional molecule fullerene (C60) at liquid-liquid interface. The nanostructured nanocrystals were grown at liquid-liquid interface of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and C60 solution in butylbenzene under ambient condition of temperature and pressure, and characterized by Raman scattering, power X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The crystal formation mechanism is driven by supersaturation related to the low solubility of C60 in IPA. A slow diffusion of IPA towards the C60 solution causes unsaturation of C60 at the liquid-liquid interface and consequently small clusters of C60 is formed at the interface, which acts as the nucleation site. Further diffusion of IPA supplies the C60 molecules from bulk to the interface promoting the crystal growth. Based on SEM and TEM observation, the average size of the individual hexagonal bipyramid nanocrystal is found to be ca. 1.4 µm and the average size of their assembly is found to be approximately 2 µm. XRD measurements have shown that these materials are crystalline with mixed face-centered cubic (cell dimension: a = 1.352 nm, and V = 2.475 nm3) and hexagonal (cell dimension: a = 1.452 nm, c = 1.207 nm, c/a = 0.831, and V = 2.475 nm3) structures. Raman scattering measurements showed two Ag and six Hg vibration bands, which are similar to those obtained in the pristine C60.

  18. Comparative Computational Study of Interaction of C60-Fullerene and Tris-Malonyl-C60-Fullerene Isomers with Lipid Bilayer: Relation to Their Antioxidant Effect

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    Bozdaganyan, Marine E.; Orekhov, Philipp S.; Shaytan, Alexey K.; Shaitan, Konstantin V.

    2014-01-01

    Oxidative stress induced by excessive production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been implicated in the etiology of many human diseases. It has been reported that fullerenes and some of their derivatives–carboxyfullerenes–exhibits a strong free radical scavenging capacity. The permeation of C60-fullerene and its amphiphilic derivatives–C3-tris-malonic-C60-fullerene (C3) and D3-tris-malonyl-C60-fullerene (D3)–through a lipid bilayer mimicking the eukaryotic cell membrane was studied using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The free energy profiles along the normal to the bilayer composed of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) for C60, C3 and D3 were calculated. We found that C60 molecules alone or in clusters spontaneously translocate to the hydrophobic core of the membrane and stay inside the bilayer during the whole period of simulation time. The incorporation of cluster of fullerenes inside the bilayer changes properties of the bilayer and leads to its deformation. In simulations of the tris-malonic fullerenes we discovered that both isomers, C3 and D3, adsorb at the surface of the bilayer but only C3 tends to be buried in the area of the lipid headgroups forming hydrophobic contacts with the lipid tails. We hypothesize that such position has implications for ROS scavenging mechanism in the specific cell compartments. PMID:25019215

  19. Observation of Ground- and Excited-State Charge Transfer at the C60/Graphene Interface.

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    Jnawali, Giriraj; Rao, Yi; Beck, Jonathan H; Petrone, Nicholas; Kymissis, Ioannis; Hone, James; Heinz, Tony F

    2015-07-28

    We examine charge transfer interactions in the hybrid system of a film of C60 molecules deposited on single-layer graphene using Raman spectroscopy and Terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy. In the absence of photoexcitation, we find that the C60 molecules in the deposited film act as electron acceptors for graphene, yielding increased hole doping in the graphene layer. Hole doping of the graphene film by a uniform C60 film at a level of 5.6 × 10(12)/cm(2) or 0.04 holes per interfacial C60 molecule was determined by the use of both Raman and THz spectroscopy. We also investigate transient charge transfer occurring upon photoexcitation by femtosecond laser pulses with a photon energy of 3.1 eV. The C60/graphene hybrid exhibits a short-lived (ps) decrease in THz conductivity, followed by a long-lived increase in conductivity. The initial negative photoconductivity transient, which decays within 2 ps, reflects the intrinsic photoresponse of graphene. The longer-lived positive conductivity transient, with a lifetime on the order of 100 ps, is attributed to photoinduced hole doping of graphene by interfacial charge transfer. We discuss possible microscopic pathways for hot carrier processes in the hybrid system.

  20. Stability of (C60)2 and epoxide dimers, (C60)2ON, and their anions.

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    Owens, Frank J

    2005-06-01

    The PM3, AM1, and MINDO3 semiemperical methods are used to calculate the the energy difference between C60ON and C60ON- and the bond dissociation energy necessary to cleave neutral and negatively charged (C60)2 dimers and epoxide dimers, (C60)2ON, to their respective monomers C60, and C60ON/2. The results show that the anions of the dimers are significantly more stable than neutral dimers. This result may explain the higher thermal stability of the observed ferromagnetic phase in photolyzed C60. which has been attributed to epoxide dimers and oligomers. It also provides an explanation for the origin of unpaired electron spin necessary for ferromagnetism.

  1. Metal-oxide-semiconductor diodes containing C60 fullerenes for non-volatile memory applications

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    Beckmeier, Daniel; Baumgärtner, Hermann

    2013-01-01

    For non-volatile memories, silicon-oxide-nitride-oxide-silicon or floating gate structures are used to store information by charging and discharging electronic states reversibly. In this article, we propose to replace the floating gate by C60 molecules. This would allow more defined programming voltages because of the discrete molecular energy levels and a higher resistance to tunneling oxide defects because of the weak electrical connection between the single molecules. Such C60 MOS diode structures are produced and their electrical properties are analyzed regarding current transport and charging mechanism of the molecules. To create the MOS structures, C60 molecules (5% of a monolayer) are evaporated onto a part of a clean silicon wafer and covered by amorphous silicon in situ in an ultra high vacuum system. Then the wafer is oxidized in wet atmosphere at just 710 °C through the C60 layer. The goal is to produce a clean oxide above and under the molecules without destroying them. Aluminum gate contacts are defined on top of these layers to perform complementary capacitance voltage (CV) and current voltage (IV) measurements. First, the gate voltage is swept to analyze the injection current, then CV measurements are performed after each sweep to analyze the charge state of the C60 layer and the oxide quality. Reference diodes without C60 on the same wafer show an identical Fowler-Nordheim (FN) tunneling behavior for currents injected from silicon or from aluminum, respectively. In the CV curves, no pronounced flatband voltage shift is observable. In diodes with C60, for negative gate voltages, a classical FN tunneling is observed and compared to theory. The electron injection from silicon shows a different tunneling current behavior. It starts at a lower electric field and has a smaller slope then a FN current would have. It is identified as a trap-assisted tunneling (TAT) current caused by oxidation-induced traps under the C60 layer. It is modeled by an

  2. Controlling the Electronic and Structural Coupling of C60 Nano Films on Fe(001) through Oxygen Adsorption at the Interface.

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    Picone, Andrea; Giannotti, Dario; Riva, Michele; Calloni, Alberto; Bussetti, Gianlorenzo; Berti, Giulia; Duò, Lamberto; Ciccacci, Franco; Finazzi, Marco; Brambilla, Alberto

    2016-10-05

    C60 molecules coupled to metals form hybrid systems exploited in a broad range of emerging fields, such as nanoelectronics, spintronics, and photovoltaic solar cells. The electronic coupling at the C60/metal interface plays a crucial role in determining the charge and spin transport in C60-based devices; therefore, a detailed understanding of the interface electronic structure is a prerequisite to engineering the device functionalities. Here, we compare the electronic and structural properties of C60 monolayers interfaced with Fe(001) and oxygen-passivated Fe(001)-p(1 × 1)O substrates. By combining scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, photoemission and inverse photoemission spectroscopies, we are able to elucidate the striking effect of oxygen on the interaction between Fe(001) and C60. Upon C60 deposition on the oxygen-passivated surface, the oxygen layer remains buried at the C60/Fe(001)-p(1 × 1)O interface, efficiently decoupling the fullerene film from the metallic substrate. Tunneling and photoemission spectroscopies reveal the presence of well-defined molecular resonances for the C60/Fe(001)-p(1 × 1)O system, with a large HOMO-LUMO gap of about 3.4 eV. On the other hand, for the C60/Fe(001) interface, a strong hybridization between the substrate states and the C60 orbitals occurs, resulting in broader molecular resonances.

  3. Laser desorption of NO from a thick C 60 film

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    Hoger, T.; Marzok, C.; Jongma, R. T.; Zacharias, H.

    2006-09-01

    The desorption of NO molecules from a thick C 60 film is reported. A thermal desorption spectrum indicates two adsorption sites with binding energies of Eb = 0.30 eV and 0.55 eV. For laser desorption the fullerene surface is exposed to NO and excited by 7 ns UV laser pulses. Desorbing NO molecules are recorded state selectively as well as time resolved. The time-of-flight measurement indicates three different desorption pathways. A fast channel shows rovibronic temperatures of Trot( v″ = 0) = 370 K, Trot( v″ = 1) = 390 K and Tvib = 610 K as well as strong rotational-translational coupling. The desorption yield for the fast channel increases linearly with pulse energy with a desorption cross section of σ = (5.1 ± 0.9) × 10 -17 cm 2. Dominating the signal for small J″ values is a slow channel with low rotational and translational temperatures of about 110 K. We assign this peak to a laser-induced thermal desorption. For large pump-probe delays the data deviate from the Maxwellian flux distribution and a third channel appears with extremely late arrival times.

  4. Using the graphene Moiré pattern for the trapping of C60 and homoepitaxy of graphene.

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    Lu, Jiong; Yeo, Pei Shan Emmeline; Zheng, Yi; Yang, Zhiyong; Bao, Qiaoliang; Gan, Chee Kwan; Loh, Kian Ping

    2012-01-24

    The graphene Moiré superstructure offers a complex landscape of humps and valleys to molecules adsorbing and diffusing on it. Using C(60) molecules as the classic hard sphere analogue, we examine its assembly and layered growth on this corrugated landscape. At the monolayer level, the cohesive interactions of C(60) molecules adsorbing on the Moiré lattice freeze the molecular rotation of C(60) trapped in the valley sites, resulting in molecular alignment of all similarly trapped C(60) molecules at room temperature. The hierarchy of adsorption potential well on the Moiré lattice causes diffusion-limited dendritic growth of C(60) films, as opposed to isotropic growth observed on a smooth surface like graphite. Due to the strong binding energy of the C(60) film, part of the dentritic C(60) films polymerize at 850 K and act as solid carbon sources for graphene homoepitaxy. Our findings point to the possibility of using periodically corrugated graphene in molecular spintronics due to its ability to trap and align organic molecules at room temperature.

  5. Electronic Pair-Binding and Hund's Rule Violations in Doped C60

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    Jiang, Hong-Chen; Kivelson, Steven

    We calculate the electronic properties of the t-J model on a C60 molecule using the density-matrix renormalization group and show that Hund's first rule is violated and that for an average of three added electron per molecule, an effective attraction (pair-binding) arises for intermediate values of t=J. Specifically, it is energetically favorable to put four electrons on one C60 and two on a second rather than putting three on each. Our results show that a dominantly electronic mechanism of superconductivity is possible in doped C60. HCJ and SAK were supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, under Contract DE-AC02-76SF00515.

  6. Interfacial and intermolecular interactions determining the rotational orientation of C60 adsorbed on Au(111)

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    Paßens, Michael; Karthäuser, Silvia

    2015-12-01

    Close-packed monolayers of fullerenes on metallic substrates are very rich systems with respect to their rotational degrees of freedom and possible interactions with different adsorption sites or next neighbours. In this connection, we report in detail on the (2√3 × 2√3)R30°-superstructure of C60 with respect to the Au(111)-surface. We use molecular orbital imaging in systematic UHV-STM studies to reveal the delicate balance of interfacial and intermolecular interactions in this system. Thus, bright C60-molecules in 5:6-top and 6:6-top geometries are observed depending on the respective next neighbours. Moreover, tiny changes in the appearance of the unoccupied molecular orbitals of dim C60-molecules in hex-vac positions are identified which are caused by the respective interaction with the facets surrounding the Au-vacancy.

  7. Electronic Structure Investigation of Doping C60 with Metal Oxide

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    Wang, Chenggong; Gao, Yongli

    2014-03-01

    Fullerene (C60) has been used extensively as an acceptor material in organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. Other applications including n-channel organic thin film transistors (OTFT) and C60 based organic superconductors have been reported more than a decade ago. We have investigated p-doping of C60 with molybdenum oxide (MoOx) with ultra-violet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS), inverse photoemission spectroscopy (IPES) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Both surface doping and bulk doping by MoOx are studied. It was found that the thermally evaporated MoOx inter-layer substantially increased the surface workfunction. This increased surface workfunction strongly attract electrons towards the MoOx layer at the C60/MoOx interface, resulting in strong inversion of C60. Energy levels of C60 relax gradually as the thickness of C60 increases. An exceptionally long (greater than 400 Angstrom) band bending is observed during this relaxation in C60. Such a long band bending has not been observed for other organic/MoOx interface. For the bulk doping, MoOx doping ratios from 1% to over 100% were investigated. The saturation occurs at approximately 20 %, when the highest occupied molecular level (HOMO) of C60 starts to be pinned at the Fermi level. These studies demonstrate effective ways to manipulate the electronic structures of the fullerene. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation Grant No. DMR-1303742.

  8. Fullerene-C60 and crown ether doped on C60 sensors for high sensitive detection of alkali and alkaline earth cations

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    Zaghmarzi, Fatemeh Alipour; Zahedi, Mansour; Mola, Adeleh; Abedini, Saboora; Arshadi, Sattar; Ahmadzadeh, Saeed; Etminan, Nazanin; Younesi, Omran; Rahmanifar, Elham; Yoosefian, Mehdi

    2017-03-01

    Fullerenes are effective acceptor components with high electron affinity for charge transfer. The significant influences of chemical adsorption of the cations on the electrical sensitivity of pristine C60 and 15-(C2H4O)5/C60 nanocages could be the basis of new generation of electronic sensor design. The density functional theory calculation for alkali and alkaline earth cations detection by pristine C60 and 15-(C2H4O)5/C60 nanocages are considered at B3LYP level of theory with 6-31 G(d) basis set. The quantum theory of atoms in molecules analysis have been performed to understand the nature of intermolecular interactions between the cations and nanocages. Also, the natural bond orbital analysis have been performed to assess the intermolecular interactions in detail. Furthermore, the frontier molecular orbital, energy gap, work function, electronegativity, number of transferred electron (∆N), dipole moment as well as the related chemical hardness and softness are investigated and calculated in this study. The results show that the adsorption of cations (M=Na+, K+, Mg2+ and Ca2+) are exothermic and the binding energy in pristine C60 nanocage and 15-(C2H4O)5/C60 increases with respect to the cations charge. The results also denote a decrease in the energy gap and an increase in the electrical conductivity upon the adsorption process. In order to validate the obtained results, the density of state calculations are employed and presented in the end as well.

  9. Gold Cluster Formation on C60 Surfaces: Au-Cluster Beads and Self-Organized Structures

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    Reinke, Petra; Liu, Hui

    2007-03-01

    Petra Reinke, Hui Liu, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia The investigation of C60-Au interaction is central to the advancement of solar cell and nanotechnology applications of C60. C60 grows in a quasi-layer-by-layer mode on a pristine graphite surface and form a special surface structure (coexistence of round and fractal islands). The deposition of Au leads to the formation of a complex array of different surface structures, while the basic island structure of the C60 is preserved. The Au-clusters nucleate preferentially at the graphite-first fullerene layer islands edge forming beadlike structures. A roughness analysis of the fullerene surface indicates the presence of Au atoms embedded in the fullerene surface, situated in the troughs in between the large molecules. The analysis of the spatial and size distributions of Au clusters provides the basis for the development of a qualitative model which describes the relevant surface processes in the Au-fullerene system. The simultaneous deposition of Au and C60 leads to the formation of organized structures, in which Au clusters are embedded in a ring of fullerene molecules with a constant width.

  10. Topochemical 3D polymerization of C60 under high pressure at elevated temperatures.

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    Yamanaka, Shoji; Kini, Nagesh S; Kubo, Akira; Jida, Saeko; Kuramoto, Hideaki

    2008-04-02

    Fullerene C60 monomer crystals were compressed to a face-centered cubic (fcc) phase with a lattice parameter of a = 11.93(5) A and a micro-Vickers hardness of 4500 kg/mm2 using high-pressure and high-temperature conditions of 15 GPa at 500-600 degrees C. The hardness is compatible with that of cubic boron nitride (c-BN), suggesting the formation of a 3D C60 polymer. The single-crystal X-ray structural analysis revealed that each C60 molecule in the polymer was linked to the 12 nearest neighbors by [2+2] cycloaddition between the common pentagon-hexagon (56) edges. However, ab initio geometry optimization and molecular dynamics calculations suggested that the 3D polymer should have a rhombohedral structure with the space group of R containing [3+3] cycloaddition between the pentagons of C60 molecules within the plane perpendicular to the 3-fold axis. The higher apparent symmetry of fcc was observed as an averaged structure of different orientations of the rhombohedral structure. The R structure can be derived by only a slight rotation of each C60 unit in the (111) plane of the fcc structure. The band-structure calculation suggested that the 3D polymer (R) was a semiconductor; the activation energy for the electrical conductivity was experimentally determined to be 0.25 eV at 550 K.

  11. An STM study of C 60 adsorption on Si(100)-(2 × 1) surfaces: from physisorption to chemisorption

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    Chen, Dong; Sarid, Dror

    1995-05-01

    The adsorption of C 60 molecules on Si(100)-(2 × 1) surfaces before and after annealing has been studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). For room temperature deposition, the STM images reveal that the C 60 molecules adsorb predominantly at the four-dimer sites in the troughs between dimer rows. C 60 molecules bonded to two-dimer sites are also observed in small molecular clusters forming even at a low coverage. The nature of the interaction between the adsorbates and the Si(100)-(2 × 1) surface is explained in terms of a dipole-induced dipole interaction. Subsequent annealing of the samples to 600°C changes the adsorption characteristics of the C 60 molecules. First, the annealing causes a strong covalent bonding between the carbon atoms of the C 60 molecules and the silicon atoms of the substrate, and modifies the bonding sites of the adsorbates from locations in the troughs to locations on the dimer rows. Second, the annealing causes some initial surface diffusion and clustering of the C 60 molecules, which now tend to stick to the ends, rather than the sides, of the dimer rows. Furthermore, after the annealing process, it is observed that small silicon islands form on the substrate terraces along with isolated and clustered adsorbates.

  12. Adsorption of 4He on a Single C60

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    Szybisz, L.; Urrutia, I.

    2004-01-01

    The adsorption of $^4$He inside and outside a single fullerene C$_{60}$ is studied. A physisorption potential is proposed. The energetics and structural features of C$_{60}$-$^4$He$_N$ clusters are investigated. Particular attention is paid to the growth of the highly pronounced layered density profile. The evolution towards bulk liquid and surface thickness at the free interface are discussed.

  13. Analyses of the Binding between Water Soluble C60 Derivatives and Potential Drug Targets through a Molecular Docking Approach

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    Liu, Junjun; Zhang, Houjin

    2016-01-01

    Fullerene C60, a unique sphere-shaped molecule consisting of carbon, has been proved to have inhibitory effects on many diseases. However, the applications of C60 in medicine have been severely hindered by its complete insolubility in water and low solubility in almost all organic solvents. In this study, the water-soluble C60 derivatives and the C60 binding protein’s structures were collected from the literature. The selected proteins fall into several groups, including acetylcholinesterase, glutamate racemase, inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase, lumazine synthase, human estrogen receptor alpha, dihydrofolate reductase and N-myristoyltransferase. The C60 derivatives were docked into the binding sites in the proteins. The binding affinities of the C60 derivatives were calculated. The bindings between proteins and their known inhibitors or native ligands were also characterized in the same way. The results show that C60 derivatives form good interactions with the binding sites of different protein targets. In many cases, the binding affinities of C60 derivatives are better than those of known inhibitors and native ligands. This study demonstrates the interaction patterns of C60 derivatives and their binding partners, which will have good impact on the fullerene-based drug discovery. PMID:26829126

  14. Growth and Potential Damage of Human Bone-Derived Cells Cultured on Fresh and Aged C60/Ti Films

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    Kopova, Ivana; Lavrentiev, Vasily; Vacik, Jiri; Bacakova, Lucie

    2015-01-01

    Thin films of binary C60/Ti composites, with various concentrations of Ti ranging from ~ 25% to ~ 70%, were deposited on microscopic glass coverslips and were tested for their potential use in bone tissue engineering as substrates for the adhesion and growth of bone cells. The novelty of this approach lies in the combination of Ti atoms (i.e., widely used biocompatible material for the construction of stomatological and orthopedic implants) with atoms of fullerene C60, which can act as very efficient radical scavengers. However, fullerenes and their derivatives are able to generate harmful reactive oxygen species and to have cytotoxic effects. In order to stabilize C60 molecules and to prevent their possible cytotoxic effects, deposition in the compact form of Ti/C60 composites (with various Ti concentrations) was chosen. The reactivity of C60/Ti composites may change in time due to the physicochemical changes of molecules in an air atmosphere. In this study, we therefore tested the dependence between the age of C60/Ti films (from one week to one year) and the adhesion, morphology, proliferation, viability, metabolic activity and potential DNA damage to human osteosarcoma cells (lines MG-63 and U-2 OS). After 7 days of cultivation, we did not observe any negative influence of fresh or aged C60/Ti layers on cell behavior, including the DNA damage response. The presence of Ti atoms resulted in improved properties of the C60 layers, which became more suitable for cell cultivation. PMID:25875338

  15. C60 chain phases on ZnPc/Ag(111) surfaces: Supramolecular organization driven by competing interactions

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    Jin, W.; Liu, Q.; Dougherty, D. B.; Cullen, W. G.; Reutt-Robey, J. E.; Weeks, J.; Robey, S. W.

    2015-03-01

    Serpentine chain C60 phases were observed in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of C60 layers on zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) or pentacene covered Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces. This low-density, quasi-one-dimensional organization contrasts starkly with the close-packed hexagonal phases observed for C60 layers on bare metal substrates. STM was employed to perform a detailed investigation of these chain structures for C60/ZnPc/Ag(111) heterolayers. Motivated by the similarity of these chain phases, and the chain and stripe organization occurring in dipole-fluid systems, we investigated a model based on competing van der Waals attractions and electrostatic repulsions between C60 molecules as an explanation for the driving force behind these monolayer phases. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations revealed significant charge transfer to C60 from the Ag(111) substrate, through the intervening ZnPc layer, inducing electrostatic interactions between C60 molecules. Molecular dynamics simulations performed with attractive van der Waals interactions plus repulsive dipole-dipole interactions reproduced the C60 chain phases with dipole magnitudes consistent with DFT calculations.

  16. Hydrogen absorption and desorption kinetics in fullerite C60 single crystals. Low-temperature micromechanical and structural characteristics of the interstitial solid solution C60(H2)x

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    Fomenko, L. S.; Lubenets, S. V.; Natsik, V. D.; Stetsenko, Yu. E.; Yagotintsev, K. A.; Strzhemechny, M. A.; Prokhvatilov, A. I.; Osipyan, Yu. A.; Izotov, A. N.; Sidorov, N. S.

    2008-01-01

    The microhardness HV and lattice parameter a of C60 single crystals are measured at room temperature as functions of the hydrogen saturation time t for several values of the saturation temperature (250, 300, and 350°C) at a fixed hydrogen pressure p =30atm. According to the measurements of HV and a, the kinetics of hydrogen absorption is described by a simple exponential law with a single, temperature-dependent characteristic time. In highly saturated samples the microhardness is 4 times greater than for the initial C60 crystal, while the lattice parameter is 0.2% larger. The temperature dependence of the microhardness HV and lattice parameter a of C60(H2)x crystals is investigated in the temperature interval 77-300K. The introduction of hydrogen lowers the temperature of the fcc-sc phase transition, and the transition becomes strongly broadened in temperature. The dependence of the microhardness of the saturated sample on the hold time in air at room temperature is described by the sum of two exponentials with different characteristic times. Kinetics of this kind is presumably due to two processes: desorption of hydrogen from the sample, which causes a decrease of the microhardness, and a simultaneous penetration of gaseous impurities into the sample from the surrounding air, which is accompanied by hardening. The influence of the H2 molecules on the characteristic of the intermolecular interaction in fullerite C60 is discussed and the intercalation-induced processes of dislocation slip and microfracture.

  17. Nonthermal decomposition of C60 polymers induced by tunneling electron injection

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    Nakamura, Yoshiaki; Kagawa, Fumitaka; Kasai, Koichi; Mera, Yutaka; Maeda, Koji

    2004-11-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopic (STM) studies of C60 films deposited on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite substrates revealed that the electron injection from the STM tip induces the decomposition (isomerization) of the C60 molecules that have been polymerized also by the electron injection into the films. Both reaction rates were characterized by a linear dependence on the injected tunneling current and a common threshold around 2 V in the sample bias dependence. We discuss two nonthermal mechanisms for the polymerization and decomposition reactions: electronic excitation mechanism by Auger decay and a hypothetical ionic reaction model.

  18. An experimental and theoretical view of energetic C60 cluster bombardment onto molecular solids.

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    Brenes, Daniel A; Postawa, Zbigniew; Wucher, Andreas; Blenkinsopp, Paul; Garrison, Barbara J; Winograd, Nicholas

    2013-01-01

    Recent experimental measurements and calculations performed by molecular dynamics computer simulations indicate, for highly energetic C60 primary ions bombarding molecular solids, the emission of intact molecules is unique. An energy- and angle-resolved neutral mass spectrometer coupled with laser photoionization techniques was used to measure the polar angle distribution of neutral benzo[a]pyrene molecules desorbed by 20-keV [Formula: see text] primary ions and observed to peak at off-normal angles integrated over all possible emission energies. Similarly, computer simulations of 20-keV C60 projectiles bombarding a coarse-grained benzene system resulted in calculations of nearly identical polar angle distributions. Upon resolving the measured and calculated polar angle distributions, sputtered molecules with high kinetic energies are the primary contributors to the off-normal peak. Molecules with low kinetic energies were measured and calculated to desorb broadly peaked about the surface normal. The computer simulations suggest the fast deposition of energy from the C60 impact promotes the molecular emission by fluid-flow and effusive-type motions. The signature of off-normal emission angles is unique for molecules because fragmentation processes remove molecules that would otherwise eject near normal to the surface. Experimental measurements from a Ni {001} single crystal bombarded by 20-keV [Formula: see text] demonstrate the absence of this unique signature.

  19. Carbon fullerenes (C60s) can induce inflammatory responses in the lung of mice

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    Park, Eun-Jung; Kim, Hero; Kim, Younghun; Yi, Jongheop; Choi, Kyunghee; Park, Kwangsik

    2010-04-15

    Fullerenes (C60s) occur in the environment due to natural and anthropogenic sources such as volcanic eruptions, forest fires, and the combustion of carbon-based materials. Recently, production and application of engineered C60s have also rapidly increased in diverse industrial fields and biomedicine due to C60' unique physico-chemical properties, so toxicity assessment on environmental and human health is being evaluated as a valuable work. However, data related to the toxicity of C60s have not been abundant up to now. In this study, we studied the immunotoxic mechanism and change of gene expression caused by the instillation of C60s. As a result, C60s induced an increase in sub G1 and G1 arrest in BAL cells, an increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-1, TNF-alpha, and IL-6, and an increase of Th1 cytokines such as IL-12 and IFN-r in BAL fluid. In addition, IgE reached the maximum at 1 day after treatment in both BAL fluid and the blood, and decreased in a time-dependent manner. Gene expression of the MHC class II (H2-Eb1) molecule was stronger than that of the MHC class I (H2-T23), and an increase in T cell distribution was also observed during the experiment period. Furthermore, cell infiltration and expression of tissue damage related genes in lung tissue were constantly observed during the experiment period. Based on this, C60s may induce inflammatory responses in the lung of mice.

  20. Electrical properties of a two-dimensionally hexagonal C60 photopolymer

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    Onoe, J.; Nakayama, T.; Aono, M.; Hara, T.

    2004-07-01

    We investigated the electrical properties of a two-dimensionally (2D) hexagonal C60 photopolymer, using four-probe measurements in air at room temperature. The current-voltage curve shows that the photopolymer exhibits nondoped semiconducting behavior. This behavior is consistent with the theoretical prediction that a 2D hexagonal C60 polymer with a crosslinkage of a [2+2] cycloadditional four-member ring between adjacent C60 molecules is semiconducting [S. Okada and S. Saito, Phys. Rev. B 59, 1930 (1999)]. The origin of these semiconducting properties is discussed on the basis of density-functional calculations for the valence molecular orbitals of the dumbbell C120, which is regarded as a basic unit of the [2+2] crosslinkage of the 2D photopolymer.

  1. Spin frustration and magnetic ordering in the Mott insulating fcc-Cs3C60

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    Kasahara, Yuichi; Takeuchi, Yuki; Itou, Tatsuaki; Iwasa, Yoshihiro; Arcon, Denis; Rosseinsky, Matthew; Prassides, Kosmas

    2014-03-01

    The low-temperature magnetic state at ambient pressure has been investigated by specific heat and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements in face-centered-cubic (fcc-) Cs3C60, which is characterized by a Mott insulating state with S = 1 / 2 spins in C603- anions and a geometrical spin frustration inherent in the fcc lattice. Specific heat exhibited no sharp anomaly down to 0.4 K, but both magnetic specific heat and NMR relaxation rate revealed a broad peak around 2.5 K, indicating that the reported antiferromagnetic ordering is accompanied by a gradual freezing of electronic spins with distributed transition temperatures. These results are unexpected in the conventional fcc antiferromagnets. Interplay of geometrical frustration, orientational disorder of C60 molecules, and weak Mottness gives rise to the unique magnetic ground state in fcc-Cs3C60.

  2. Dispersion-corrected DFT calculations on C(60)-porphyrin complexes.

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    Liao, Meng-Sheng; Watts, John D; Huang, Ming-Ju

    2009-06-07

    The quality of the newly added, empirical dispersion correction in density functional theory (DFT) calculations is examined for several supramolecular complexes of fullerene (C(60)) with free-base and metal porphyrins (Por). The benzene dimer (C(6)H(6))(2), naphthalene dimer (C(10)H(8))(2), and anthracene dimer (C(14)H(10))(2) were also included in the study for comparison. Three density functionals, two damping functions, and two types of basis sets were employed in the computations. The estimated dispersion energies in the fullerene-porphyrin systems are rather large, ranging from 0.5 eV in C(60).ZnP to 1 eV in C(60).H(2)TPP. Any dispersion-corrected DFT (DFT + E(disp)) method is shown to perform well for C(60).H(2)TPP, C(60).ZnTPP, and C(60).ZnP, where the intermolecular distances are relatively large. But large basis sets, e.g. TZP (triple-zeta + one polarization function), are required in order to obtain reliable results with DFT + E(disp). In the case of C(60).FeP, where the intermolecular distance R is short, the DFT + E(disp) calculated R depends on the damping function as well as on the DFT method, and all the DFT + E(disp) calculations lead to significant changes in the relative energies of the various spin states. The quality of the DFT + E(disp) calculated results on C(60).FeP is hard to judge here without detailed experimental data on a C(60).FePor complex. Owing to error cancellation, the pure DFT calculations with a smaller DZP (double-zeta + one polarization function) basis set without any correction are shown to give quite accurate results.

  3. Computational study of enantioselective interaction between C60 fullerene and its derivatives with L-histidine.

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    Lal, Bhajan

    2007-04-01

    The mechanism of the enantioselective binding of L-histidine with C(60) fullerene and its derivatives, (1,2-methanofullerene C(60))-61-carboxylic acid, diethyl (1,2-methanofullerene C(60))-61-61-dicarboxylate and tert-butyl (1,2-methanofullerene C(60))-61-carboxylate based chiral selectors was studied by quantum chemical calculations. All the molecules were fully optimized at RHF/6-31G* basis set. Relative energies between the different complexes were subsequently estimated with single-point electronic energies computed using Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2). Stability and feasibility of all the generated structures were supported by their respective energy minima and fundamental frequencies. It was observed that interaction of fullerene derivatives with L-histidine is due to the existence of hydrogen bonding forces during the complex formation. The intermolecular forces, flow of atomic charges, binding energy, hardness, dipole moment and localization of electrostatic potential are in agreement with enantioselective interaction of L-histidine with C(60) fullerene and its derivatives. It is found that theoretical evaluation to be consistent with the experimental data.

  4. Relative Photoionization Cross Sections of Super-Atom Molecular Orbitals (SAMOs) in C60.

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    Bohl, Elvira; Sokół, Katarzyna P; Mignolet, Benoit; Thompson, James O F; Johansson, J Olof; Remacle, Francoise; Campbell, Eleanor E B

    2015-11-25

    The electronic structure and photoinduced dynamics of fullerenes, especially C60, is of great interest because these molecules are model systems for more complex molecules and nanomaterials. In this work we have used Rydberg Fingerprint Spectroscopy to determine the relative ionization intensities from excited SAMO (Rydberg-like) states in C60 as a function of laser wavelength. The relative ionization intensities are then compared to the ratio of the photoionization widths of the Rydberg-like states, computed in time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). The agreement is remarkably good when the same photon order is required to energetically access the excited states. This illustrates the predictive potential of quantum chemistry for studying photoionization of large, complex molecules as well as confirming the assumption that is often made concerning the multiphoton excitation and rapid energy redistribution in the fullerenes.

  5. Electrical conductivity of polyazomethine/fullerene C60 nanocomposites

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    Bronnikov, Sergei; Podshivalov, Aleksandr; Kostromin, Sergei; Asandulesa, Mihai; Cozan, Vasile

    2017-02-01

    We prepared the polyazomethine/fullerene C60 nanocomposites varying in C60 loading. With a broadband dielectric relaxation spectrometer, we measured their electrical conductivity σm being a sum of dc conductivity σdc and ac conductivity σac. A small C60 content (0.25 and 0.5 wt.%) was shown to decrease σdc, whereas a larger amount of C60 (2.5 wt.%) was found to increase σdc of the nanocomposite. The temperature dependences of σac were described with the Arrhenius equation, while the frequency dependences of σac were characterized with a power function. The correlated barrier hopping was accepted as the most suitable mechanism to explain the σac behavior of the nanocomposites.

  6. Superintermolecular orbitals in the C60-pentacene complex

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    Zhang, G. P.; Gardner, A.; Latta, T.; Drake, K.; Bai, Y. H.

    2016-12-01

    We report a group of unusually big molecular orbitals in the C60-pentacene complex. Our first-principles density-functional calculation shows that these orbitals are very delocalized and cover both C60 and pentacene, which we call superintermolecular orbitals (SIMOs). Their spatial extension can reach 1 nm or larger. Optically, SIMOs are dark. Different from ordinary unoccupied molecular orbitals, SIMOs have a very weak Coulomb and exchange interaction. Their energy levels are very similar to the native superatomic molecular orbitals in C60and can be approximately characterized by orbital angular momentum quantum numbers. They have a distinctive spatial preference. These features fit the key characters of charge-generation states that channel initially bound electrons and holes into free-charge carriers. Thus, our finding is important for C60-pentacene photovoltaics.

  7. Aggregation and Deposition of C60 in Aqueous Systems

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    The extremely low water solubility of many fullerenes precludes aqueous solution processing for engineering applications and minimizes the potential for fullerene environmental effects in aqueous environments. However, studies have shown that C60 fullerene can form stable colloi...

  8. Paper Models for Fullerenes C60-C84.

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    Beaton, John M.

    1995-01-01

    Describes a system to construct paper models of all 51 of the possible fullerene isomers from C60 through C84. Provides students, teachers, and specialists with an inexpensive mechanism to follow the literature interplay on fullerene structures. (JRH)

  9. The effect of incident angle on the C 60+ bombardment of molecular solids

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    Kozole, Joseph; Willingham, David; Winograd, Nicholas

    2008-12-01

    The effect of incident angle on the quality of SIMS molecular depth profiling using C 60+ was investigated. Cholesterol films of ˜300 nm thickness on Si were employed as a model and were eroded using 40 keV C 60+ at an incident angle of 40° and 73° with respect to the surface normal. The erosion process was characterized by determining at each angle the relative amount of chemical damage, the total sputtering yield of cholesterol molecules, and the interface width between the film and the Si substrate. The results show that there is less molecule damage at an angle of incidence of 73° and that the total sputtering yield is largest at an angle of incidence of 40°. The measurements suggest reduced damage is not necessarily dependent upon enhanced yields and that depositing the incident energy nearer the surface by using glancing angles is most important. The interface width parameter supports this idea by indicating that at the 73° incident angle, C 60+ produces a smaller altered layer depth. Overall, the results show that 73° incidence is the better angle for molecular depth profiling using 40 keV C 60+.

  10. Conjugated Porphyrin Dimers: Cooperative Effects and Electronic Communication in Supramolecular Ensembles with C60.

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    Moreira, Luis; Calbo, Joaquín; Aragó, Juan; Illescas, Beatriz M; Nierengarten, Iwona; Delavaux-Nicot, Béatrice; Ortí, Enrique; Martín, Nazario; Nierengarten, Jean-François

    2016-11-30

    Two new conjugated porphyrin-based systems (dimers 3 and 4) endowed with suitable crown ethers have been synthesized as receptors for a fullerene-ammonium salt derivative (1). Association constants in solution have been determined by UV-vis titration experiments in CH2Cl2 at room temperature. The designed hosts are able to associate up to two fullerene-based guest molecules and present association constants as high as ∼5 × 10(8) M(-1). Calculation of the allosteric cooperative factor α for supramolecular complexes [3·12] and [4·12] showed a negative cooperative effect in both cases. The interactions accounting for the formation of the associates are based, first, on the complementary ammonium-crown ether interaction and, second, on the π-π interactions between the porphyrin rings and the C60 moieties. Theoretical calculations have evidenced a significant decrease of the electron density in the porphyrin dimers 3 and 4 upon complexation of the first C60 molecule, in good agreement with the negative cooperativity found in these systems. This negative effect is partially compensated by the stabilizing C60-C60 interactions that take place in the more stable syn-disposition of [4·12].

  11. Density functional investigation of CO and NO adsorption on TM-decorated C60 fullerene

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    El Mahdy, A. M.

    2016-10-01

    We have analysed the adsorptions of CO and NO molecules on pristine, TM (Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu and Zn) in TM-doped fullerene C60 by using density functional theory (DFT) calculations at B3LYP/6-31g(d) theoretical level. This work revealed that the transition metal doped fullerenes were more highly sensitive to CO and NO adsorption than that of pure fullerene C60. The Fe-doped fullerenes C60 displayed the strongest interaction with C and N atoms of CO and NO molecules respectively. The nature of charge transfer between the d-orbitals of TM, and the π* orbital of the nearby C and N of CO and NO are clarified. Natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis reveals that the electronic configuration of the doped TM metal represents a qualitative change with respect to that of the free-metal. The binding of CO and NO precursor is mostly dominated by the metal E (i) (XO ..TM) pairwise additive contributions, and the role of the C60 is not restricted to supporting the metal.

  12. Conjugated Porphyrin Dimers: Cooperative Effects and Electronic Communication in Supramolecular Ensembles with C60

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    2016-01-01

    Two new conjugated porphyrin-based systems (dimers 3 and 4) endowed with suitable crown ethers have been synthesized as receptors for a fullerene-ammonium salt derivative (1). Association constants in solution have been determined by UV–vis titration experiments in CH2Cl2 at room temperature. The designed hosts are able to associate up to two fullerene-based guest molecules and present association constants as high as ∼5 × 108 M–1. Calculation of the allosteric cooperative factor α for supramolecular complexes [3·12] and [4·12] showed a negative cooperative effect in both cases. The interactions accounting for the formation of the associates are based, first, on the complementary ammonium-crown ether interaction and, second, on the π–π interactions between the porphyrin rings and the C60 moieties. Theoretical calculations have evidenced a significant decrease of the electron density in the porphyrin dimers 3 and 4 upon complexation of the first C60 molecule, in good agreement with the negative cooperativity found in these systems. This negative effect is partially compensated by the stabilizing C60C60 interactions that take place in the more stable syn-disposition of [4·12]. PMID:27640915

  13. Soil microbial response to photo-degraded C60 fullerenes.

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    Berry, Timothy D; Clavijo, Andrea P; Zhao, Yingcan; Jafvert, Chad T; Turco, Ronald F; Filley, Timothy R

    2016-04-01

    Recent studies indicate that while unfunctionalized carbon nanomaterials (CNMs) exhibit very low decomposition rates in soils, even minor surface functionalization (e.g., as a result of photochemical weathering) may accelerate microbial decay. We present results from a C60 fullerene-soil incubation study designed to investigate the potential links between photochemical and microbial degradation of photo-irradiated C60. Irradiating aqueous (13)C-labeled C60 with solar-wavelength light resulted in a complex mixture of intermediate products with decreased aromaticity. Although addition of irradiated C60 to soil microcosms had little effect on net soil respiration, excess (13)C in the respired CO2 demonstrates that photo-irradiating C60 enhanced its degradation in soil, with ∼ 0.78% of 60 day photo-irradiated C60 mineralized. Community analysis by DGGE found that soil microbial community structure was altered and depended on the photo-treatment duration. These findings demonstrate how abiotic and biotic transformation processes can couple to influence degradation of CNMs in the natural environment.

  14. Dipole polarizability, sum rules, mean excitation energies, and long-range dispersion coefficients for buckminsterfullerene C 60

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    Kumar, Ashok; Thakkar, Ajit J.

    2011-11-01

    Experimental photoabsorption cross-sections combined with constraints provided by the Kuhn-Reiche-Thomas sum rule and the high-energy behavior of the dipole-oscillator-strength density are used to construct dipole oscillator strength distributions for buckminsterfullerene (C60). The distributions are used to predict dipole sum rules Sk, mean excitation energies Ik, the frequency dependent polarizability, and C6 coefficients for the long-range dipole-dipole interactions of C60 with a variety of atoms and molecules.

  15. High-T C superconductivity in Cs3C60 compounds governed by local Cs–C60 Coulomb interactions

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    Harshman, Dale R.; Fiory, Anthony T.

    2017-04-01

    Unique among alkali-doped A 3C60 fullerene compounds, the A15 and fcc forms of Cs3C60 exhibit superconducting states varying under hydrostatic pressure with highest transition temperatures at T\\text{C}\\text{meas}   =  38.3 and 35.2 K, respectively. Herein it is argued that these two compounds under pressure represent the optimal materials of the A 3C60 family, and that the C60-associated superconductivity is mediated through Coulombic interactions with charges on the alkalis. A derivation of the interlayer Coulombic pairing model of high-T C superconductivity employing non-planar geometry is introduced, generalizing the picture of two interacting layers to an interaction between charge reservoirs located on the C60 and alkali ions. The optimal transition temperature follows the algebraic expression, T C0  =  (12.474 nm2 K)/ℓζ, where ℓ relates to the mean spacing between interacting surface charges on the C60 and ζ is the average radial distance between the C60 surface and the neighboring Cs ions. Values of T C0 for the measured cation stoichiometries of Cs3‑x C60 with x  ≈  0 are found to be 38.19 and 36.88 K for the A15 and fcc forms, respectively, with the dichotomy in transition temperature reflecting the larger ζ and structural disorder in the fcc form. In the A15 form, modeled interacting charges and Coulomb potential e2/ζ are shown to agree quantitatively with findings from nuclear-spin relaxation and mid-infrared optical conductivity. In the fcc form, suppression of T\\text{C}\\text{meas} below T C0 is ascribed to native structural disorder. Phononic effects in conjunction with Coulombic pairing are discussed.

  16. High-T C superconductivity in Cs3C60 compounds governed by local Cs-C60 Coulomb interactions.

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    Harshman, Dale R; Fiory, Anthony T

    2017-02-02

    Unique among alkali-doped A 3C60 fullerene compounds, the A15 and fcc forms of Cs3C60 exhibit superconducting states varying under hydrostatic pressure with highest transition temperatures at [Formula: see text]  =  38.3 and 35.2 K, respectively. Herein it is argued that these two compounds under pressure represent the optimal materials of the A 3C60 family, and that the C60-associated superconductivity is mediated through Coulombic interactions with charges on the alkalis. A derivation of the interlayer Coulombic pairing model of high-T C superconductivity employing non-planar geometry is introduced, generalizing the picture of two interacting layers to an interaction between charge reservoirs located on the C60 and alkali ions. The optimal transition temperature follows the algebraic expression, T C0  =  (12.474 nm(2) K)/ℓζ, where ℓ relates to the mean spacing between interacting surface charges on the C60 and ζ is the average radial distance between the C60 surface and the neighboring Cs ions. Values of T C0 for the measured cation stoichiometries of Cs3-x C60 with x  ≈  0 are found to be 38.19 and 36.88 K for the A15 and fcc forms, respectively, with the dichotomy in transition temperature reflecting the larger ζ and structural disorder in the fcc form. In the A15 form, modeled interacting charges and Coulomb potential e(2)/ζ are shown to agree quantitatively with findings from nuclear-spin relaxation and mid-infrared optical conductivity. In the fcc form, suppression of [Formula: see text] below T C0 is ascribed to native structural disorder. Phononic effects in conjunction with Coulombic pairing are discussed.

  17. Extraterrestrial Helium (He@C60) Trapped in Fullerenes in the Sudbury Impact Structure

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    Becker, L.; Bada, J. L.; Poreda, R. J.; Bunch, T. E.

    1997-01-01

    Fullerenes (C60 and C70) have recently been identified in a shock-produced breccia (Onaping Formation) associated with the 1.85-Ga Sudbury Impact Crater. The presence of parts-per-million levels of fullerenes in this impact structure raises interesting questions about the processes that led to the formation of fullerenes and the potential for delivery of intact organic material to the Earth by a large bolide (e.g., asteroid or comet). Two possible scenarios for the presence of fullerenes in the Sudbury impact deposits are that (1) fullerenes are synthesized within the impact plume from the C contained in the bolide; or (2) fullerenes are already present in the bolide and survived the impact event. The correlation of C and trapped noble gas atoms in meteorites is well established. Primitive meteorites contain several trapped noble gas components that have anomalous isotopic compositions, some of which may have a presolar origin. Several C-bearing phases, including SiC, graphite, and diamond, have been recognized as carriers of trapped noble gases. It has also been suggested that fullerenes (C60 and C70) might be a carrier of noble gas components in carbonaceous chondrites. Recently, fullerenes have been detected in separate samples in the Allende meteorite. Carbon-60 is large enough to enclose the noble gases He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe, but it is too small to contain diatomic gases such as N2 or triatomic gases such as CO2. Recent experimental work has demonstrated that noble gases of a specific isotopic composition can be introduced into synthetic fullerenes at high temperatures and pressures; these encapsulated gases can then be released by the breaking of one or more C bonds during step-heating under vacuum. These thermal-release patterns for He encapsulated within the C60 molecule (He@C60) are similar to the patterns for acid residues of carbonaceous chondrites, suggesting that fullerenes could be an additional carrier of trapped noble gases in acid residues of

  18. Elucidating the Significance of the ``Nano-Effect'' in Determining the Mobility of C60 Nanoparticles in Saturated Porous Media

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    Jia, Q.; Brant, J.

    2010-12-01

    Fullerenes are all carbon molecules that may exist in a variety of geometries, such as cages, cylinders, and planar sheets. Buckminsterfullerene (C60) is one type of fullerene that has received considerable interest from the scientific community for its use in commercial applications (bio-medical technologies, electronics, optics, and composites) and environmental implications (toxicity, mobility). Once released into the environment, the toxicity and bioavailability of C60 nanoparticles will be largely influenced by transport and retention processes in porous media. To date, many studies have investigated C60 mobility in saturated porous media, which has relevance to both groundwater protection and potable treatment by filtration methods. Previous research efforts have determined that the technique used for dispersing the C60 in water, chemistry of the dispersion solution (pH, ionic composition/strength), and Darcy velocity all affect C60 mobility. However, far less attention has been directed toward determining the impact of nanoparticle size. In other words, is there a nano-effect for C60, and if it exists to what extent does it alter C60 mobility in saturated porous media. The overall objective of this study was to explore to what extent the size of the C60 clusters (nC60) affects their mobility in saturated porous media in order to determine if the nano-effect does indeed exist for these systems. Nanoparticle mobility in two relatively well-characterized porous media, glass spheres and quartz sand, was assessed as a function of solution chemistry and Darcy velocity. The surface charge of the collector media was modified to elucidate the significance of charge interactions for nanoparticles. Preliminary results suggest that nC60 mobility increases as particle size decreases, supporting the belief that the nano-effect is indeed a real phenomenon.

  19. Growth mechanism of silicon carbide films on silicon substrates using C 60 carbonization

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    Chen, Dong; Workman, Richard; Sarid, Dror

    1995-12-01

    Silicon carbide films were grown on silicon substrates using C 60 molecules as a carbon source. The grown films were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and infrared spectroscopy (IRS). Also, using SiO 2 as a mask on the Si substrate, a patterned SiC film was grown. Growth and defect mechanisms are discussed and compared with conventional CVD carbidizing methods.

  20. Symmetry of C60 and a Force Constant Model for Vibrational Modes

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    Koç, Ramazan; Tütüncüler, Hayriye

    1998-02-01

    A force-constant model for the vibrational modes in C60 is presented. The Keating type potential is adopted for calculating the dynamical matrix. Using symmetries of the molecule, the dynamical matrix which yields the vibrational modes is block-diagonalized. We summarize the role of group theory in specifying the vibrational modes. The results are in excellent agreement with experiments. The effect of bond-stretching force constants on the vibrational modes will be presented.

  1. Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy/ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy investigation of two-dimensional crystallization of C60: pentacence binary system on Ag(111)

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    Lin Zhang, Jia; Hong Liang Zhang, Kelvin; Qiang Zhong, Jian; Chao Niu, Tian; Chen, Wei

    2012-02-01

    Atomic scale investigation of temperature-dependent two-dimensional (2 D) crystallization processes of fullerene-C60 on pentacene-covered Ag(111) surface has been carried out by in situ low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) experiments. To evaluate the effect of molecule-substrate interfacial interactions on the 2 D crystallization of C60: pentacene binary system, we also carried out the same self-assembly experiments of C60 on monolayer pentacene covered graphite substrate. It is revealed that temperature-dependent structural transition of various ordered C60 nanoassemblies is strongly influenced by the molecule-Ag(111) interfacial interactions, and further mediated by the weak C60-pentacene intermolecular interactions. In situ ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) has been used to evaluate the nature of the intermolecular interactions between C60 and pentacene films.

  2. ESR study of superconducting K-doped C 60 "polymer"

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    Kinoshita, N.; Grigoryan, L. S.; Kinoshita, T.; Tokumoto, M.

    1997-03-01

    ESR measurements of the superconducting K-doped C 60 "polymer" were carried out, in order to clarify the difference from ordinary K-doped C 60, i.e. monomer. Observed ESR spectrum was simulated by four Lorentzian lines. The temperature dependences of the ESR linewidth, g factor and spin susceptibility are obtained for each ESR line. At room temperature the linewidth and g factor of the broadest ESR absorption line are, about 400 G and 2.01, respectively. The linewidths for other lines are 150, 53 and 16 G with the common g factor of 2.000. The linewidths of the ESR spectrum of superconducting K-doped C 60 "polymer" are found to be much broader than those of monomer sample. Similar to monomer sample, two absorption lines with weakly temperature-dependent intensity were observed, one of which disappeared (150 G width) below the super-conducting transition temperature ( Tc = 15 K).

  3. A search for C60 in carbonaceous chondrites

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    de Vries, M. S.; Reihs, K.; Wendt, H. R.; Golden, W. G.; Hunziker, H. E.; Fleming, R.; Peterson, E.; Chang, S.

    1993-02-01

    Analysis of interior samples of the Murchison meteorite by two routes yielded an upper limit of 2 ppb for its C60 content, as compared to parts per million levels for individual polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs ). Provided the samples contain an interstellar component, which is probable since Murchison hydrocarbons contain excess deuterium, this result argues against the ubiquitous presence of C60 in the interstellar medium. A possible explanation for the absence of C60 was found in experiments showing how PAHs replace fullerenes as stable end products when hydrogen is present during carbon condensation. As a secondary result we found high molecular weight PAHs in the Murchison and Allende meteorites. Coronene and its methyl derivatives are especially interesting since features in the coronene spectrum have been shown to match some of the unidentified interstellar infrared emission bands.

  4. Helium Droplets Doped with Sulfur and C60

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    2014-01-01

    Clusters of sulfur are grown by passing superfluid helium nanodroplets through a pickup cell filled with sulfur vapor. In some experiments the droplets are codoped with C60. The doped droplets are collided with energetic electrons and the abundance distributions of positively and negatively charged cluster ions are recorded. We report, specifically, distributions of Sm+, Sm–, and C60Sm– containing up to 41 sulfur atoms. We also observe complexes of sulfur cluster anions with helium; distributions are presented for HenSm– with n ≤ 31 and m ≤ 3. The similarity between anionic and cationic C60Sm± spectra is in striking contrast to the large differences between spectra of Sm+ and Sm–. PMID:26045732

  5. Electronic structure and optical properties of solid C 60

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    Mattesini, M.; Ahuja, R.; Sa, L.; Hugosson, H. W.; Johansson, B.; Eriksson, O.

    2009-06-01

    The electronic structure and the optical properties of face-centered-cubic C 60 have been investigated by using an all-electron full-potential method. Our ab initio results show that the imaginary dielectric function for high-energy values looks very similar to that of graphite, revealing close electronic structure similarities between the two systems. We have also identified the origin of different peaks in the dielectric function of fullerene by means of the calculated electronic density of states. The computed optical spectrum compares fairly well with the available experimental data for the Vis-UV absorption spectrum of solid C 60.

  6. Chemical effects in C 60 irradiation of polymers

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    Möllers, R.; Tuccitto, N.; Torrisi, V.; Niehuis, E.; Licciardello, A.

    2006-07-01

    The C 60 erosion behaviour of poly(methyl)methacrylate (PMMA), poly(α-methyl)styrene (PAMS) and polystyrene (PS) has been studied at various temperatures and compared with that under Ga + irradiation. Strong variations of erosion yields are observed, indicating that chemical degradation mechanisms are operating. In particular, our results suggest that fast depolymerization mechanisms are important in leaving the surface of the sputter crater virtually undamaged. Since such mechanisms are connected with the chemical nature of the polymer, the possibility of performing molecular depth profiling of polymers with C 60 appears to depend strongly on the chemical nature of the system under study.

  7. Heat of formation for C60 by means of the G4(MP2) thermochemical protocol through reactions in which C60 is broken down into corannulene and sumanene

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    Wan, Wenchao; Karton, Amir

    2016-01-01

    High-level heats of formation for C60 are obtained through the use of reactions in which C60 is broken down into its fundamental bowl-shaped aromatic fragments (corannulene and sumanene). The reaction enthalpies are obtained by means of the high-level G4(MP2) thermochemical protocol and reliable experimental (from the Active Thermochemical Tables, ATcT) or theoretical (from W1h theory) heats of formation are used for the molecules involved in these reactions. Our best theoretical estimate, ΔfH°298[C60(g)] = 2511.7 kJ mol-1, suggests that the experimental value adopted by the NIST thermochemical database (ΔfH°298[C60(g)] = 2560 ± 100 kJ mol-1) should be revised downwards.

  8. Different contact formations at the interfaces of C60/LiF/Al and C60/LiF/Ag

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    Jeon, Pyungeun; Kang, Seong Jun; Lee, Hyunbok; Lee, Jeihyun; Jeong, Kwangho; Lee, JinWoo; Yi, Yeonjin

    2012-04-01

    C60 has been used as an electron accepting and transporting material in various organic electronic devices. In such devices, Al and Ag have been adopted as a common cathode in combination with electron injection layers (EIL), e.g., LiF. We found that the initial interface formations of C60/LiF/Al and C60/LiF/Ag are quite different in terms of interfacial electronic structures. We measured the interfacial electronic structures with photoemission spectroscopy and found that LiF works well as an EIL on Al but performs poorly on Ag. The origin of this difference could be attributed to the larger interface dipole on Al, highlighting the importance of the choice of cathode materials.

  9. Detection of C60 and C70 in a young planetary nebula.

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    Cami, Jan; Bernard-Salas, Jeronimo; Peeters, Els; Malek, Sarah Elizabeth

    2010-09-03

    In recent decades, a number of molecules and diverse dust features have been identified by astronomical observations in various environments. Most of the dust that determines the physical and chemical characteristics of the interstellar medium is formed in the outflows of asymptotic giant branch stars and is further processed when these objects become planetary nebulae. We studied the environment of Tc 1, a peculiar planetary nebula whose infrared spectrum shows emission from cold and neutral C60 and C70. The two molecules amount to a few percent of the available cosmic carbon in this region. This finding indicates that if the conditions are right, fullerenes can and do form efficiently in space.

  10. Molecular depth profiling in ice matrices using C 60 projectiles

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    Wucher, A.; Sun, S.; Szakal, C.; Winograd, N.

    2004-06-01

    The prospects of molecular sputter depth profiling using C 60+ projectiles were investigated on thick ice layers prepared by freezing aqueous solutions of histamine onto a metal substrate. The samples were analyzed in a ToF-SIMS spectrometer equipped with a liquid metal Ga + ion source and a newly developed fullerene ion source. The C 60+ beam was used to erode the surface, while static ToF-SIMS spectra were taken with both ion beams alternatively between sputtering cycles. We find that the signals both related to the ice matrix and to the histamine are about two orders of magnitude higher under 20-keV C 60 than under 15-keV Ga bombardment. Histamine related molecular signals are found to increase drastically if the freshly introduced surface is pre-sputtered with C 60 ions, until at a total ion fluence of about 10 13 cm -2 the spectra are completely dominated by the molecular ion and characteristic fragments of histamine. At larger fluence, the signal is found to decrease with a disappearance cross section of approximately 10 -14 cm 2, until at total fluences of about 10 14 cm -2 a steady state with stable molecular signals is reached. In contrast, no appreciable molecular signal could be observed if Ga + ions were used to erode the surface.

  11. Oxygen-Induced Degradation in C60-Based Organic Solar Cells: Relation Between Film Properties and Device Performance.

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    Bastos, João P; Voroshazi, Eszter; Fron, Eduard; Brammertz, Guy; Vangerven, Tim; Van der Auweraer, Mark; Poortmans, Jef; Cheyns, David

    2016-04-20

    Fullerene-based molecules are the archetypical electron-accepting materials for organic photovoltaic devices. A detailed knowledge of the degradation mechanisms that occur in C60 layers will aid in the development of more stable organic solar cells. Here, the impact of storage in air on the optical and electrical properties of C60 is studied in thin films and in devices. Atmospheric exposure induces oxygen-trap states that are 0.19 eV below the LUMO of the fullerene C60. Moreover, oxygen causes a 4-fold decrease of the exciton lifetime in C60 layers, resulting in a 40% drop of short-circuit current from optimized planar heterojunction solar cells. The presence of oxygen-trap states increases the saturation current of the device, resulting in a 20% loss of open-circuit voltage. Design guidelines are outlined to improve air stability for fullerene-containing devices.

  12. Spin-based diagnostic of nanostructure in copper phthalocyanine-C60 solar cell blends.

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    Warner, Marc; Mauthoor, Soumaya; Felton, Solveig; Wu, Wei; Gardener, Jules A; Din, Salahud; Klose, Daniel; Morley, Gavin W; Stoneham, A Marshall; Fisher, Andrew J; Aeppli, Gabriel; Kay, Christopher W M; Heutz, Sandrine

    2012-12-21

    Nanostructure and molecular orientation play a crucial role in determining the functionality of organic thin films. In practical devices, such as organic solar cells consisting of donor-acceptor mixtures, crystallinity is poor and these qualities cannot be readily determined by conventional diffraction techniques, while common microscopy only reveals surface morphology. Using a simple nondestructive technique, namely, continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, which exploits the well-understood angular dependence of the g-factor and hyperfine tensors, we show that in the solar cell blend of C(60) and copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)-for which X-ray diffraction gives no information-the CuPc, and by implication the C(60), molecules form nanoclusters, with the planes of the CuPc molecules oriented perpendicular to the film surface. This information demonstrates that the current nanostructure in CuPc:C(60) solar cells is far from optimal and suggests that their efficiency could be considerably increased by alternative film growth algorithms.

  13. Silver nanoparticles sensitized C60(Ag@C60) as efficient electrocatalysts for hydrazine oxidation: Implication for hydrogen generation reaction

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    Narwade, Shankar S.; Mulik, Balaji B.; Mali, Shivsharan M.; Sathe, Bhaskar R.

    2017-02-01

    Herein, we report the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs; 10 ± 0.5 nm) sensitized Fullerene (C60; 15 ±2 nm) nanocatalysts (Ag@C60) for the first time showing efficient electroatalytic activity for the oxidation of hydrazine demonstrating activity comparable to that of Pt in acidic, neutral and basic media. The performance is comparable with the best available electrocatalytic system and plays a vital role in the overall hydrogen generation reactions from hydrazine as a one of the fuel cell reaction. The materials are synthesized by a simple and scalable synthetic route involving acid functionalization of C60 followed by chemical reduction of Ag+ ions in ethylene glycol at high temperature. The distributation of Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) (morphological information) on C60, bonding, its crystal structure, along with activity towards hydrazine oxidation (electrocatalytic) is studied using TEM, XRD, UV-vis, XPS, FTIR and electrochemical (cyclic voltammetry) studies, respectively. The observed efficient electrocatalytic activity of the as-synthesized electrode is attributed to the co-operative response and associated structural defects due to their oxidative functionalization along with thier cooperative functioning at nanodimensions.

  14. Monolayer of Hydrazine Facilitates the Direct Covalent Attachment of C60 Fullerene to a Silicon Surface.

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    Gao, Fei; Teplyakov, Andrew V

    2017-02-13

    The development of oxygen-free organic-inorganic interfaces has led to new schemes for the functionalization of silicon surfaces with nitrogen-based chemical groups. However, building layers of large structures directly on this functionalized surface has remained elusive. This work confirms the path to form a stable interface between silicon and buckminsterfullerene C60 based on covalent chemical bonds. The starting point for this modification is the hydrazine-reacted Si(111) surface with the diamine functionality, which is further reacted directly with the C60 molecules. The chemistry of this process is confirmed spectroscopically and microscopically and can be used to form organic-inorganic interfaces separated by a single layer of nitrogen.

  15. Thermopower of benzenedithiol and C60 molecular junctions with Ni and Au electrodes.

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    Lee, See Kei; Ohto, Tatsuhiko; Yamada, Ryo; Tada, Hirokazu

    2014-09-10

    We have performed thermoelectric measurements of benzenedithiol (BDT) and C60 molecules with Ni and Au electrodes using a home-built scanning tunneling microscope. The thermopower of C60 was negative for both Ni and Au electrodes, indicating the transport of carriers through the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital in both cases, as was expected from the work functions. On the other hand, the Ni-BDT-Ni junctions exhibited a negative thermopower, whereas the Au-BDT-Au junctions exhibited a positive thermopower. First-principle calculations revealed that the negative thermopower of Ni-BDT-Ni junctions is due to the spin-split hybridized states generated by the highest occupied molecular orbital of BDT coupled with s- and d-states of the Ni electrode.

  16. (CH3Br⋯NH3)@C60: The effect of nanoconfinement on halogen bonding

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    Srivastava, Ambrish Kumar; Pandey, Sarvesh Kumar; Misra, Neeraj

    2016-10-01

    Halogen bonds resemble hydrogen bonds in many aspects. How do the properties of halogen bonds change when confined to nanoregion? In order to explore this, we have encapsulated a halogen bonded complex, CH3Br⋯NH3 inside C60 fullerene and studied their properties using density functional theory and quantum theory of atoms in molecule. Our findings show that the geometry of CH3Br⋯NH3 complex is appreciably bent inside C60, interaction becomes covalent with larger interaction energy, unlike free CH3Br⋯NH3 complex, which is linear with closed shell interaction. Thus, the halogen bonded complexes show quite different properties at nanoscale.

  17. Cu-C60 nanocomposite with suppressed recrystallization

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    Medvedev, V. V.; Popov, M. Y.; Mavrin, B. N.; Denisov, V. N.; Kirichenko, A.; Tat'yanin, E. V.; Ivanov, L. A.; Aksenenkov, V. V.; Perfilov, S. A.; Lomakin, R.; Blank, V. D.

    2011-10-01

    Cu matrix composite reinforced with fullerene (C60) was fabricated by ball milling, followed by hot pressing techniques. The microstructure characteristics of the composite were investigated at different temperatures. The mechanical properties of the composite were measured at room temperature. The experimental result showed that the composite temperature recrystallization is impeded by carbon modification of copper grain boundaries. Furthermore, the nanocomposite possesses a very high hardness (up to 4 GPa).

  18. Enhancing superconductivity in A3C60 fullerides

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    Kim, Minjae; Nomura, Yusuke; Ferrero, Michel; Seth, Priyanka; Parcollet, Olivier; Georges, Antoine

    2016-10-01

    Motivated by the recent experimental report of a possible light-induced superconductivity in K3C60 at high temperature [Mitrano et al., Nature 530, 451 (2016), 10.1038/nature16522], we investigate theoretical mechanisms for enhanced superconductivity in A3C60 fullerenes. We find that an "interaction imbalance" corresponding to a smaller value of the Coulomb matrix element for two of the molecular orbitals in comparison to the third one, efficiently enhances superconductivity. Furthermore, we perform first-principle calculations of the changes in the electronic structure and in the screened Coulomb matrix elements of K3C60 , brought in by the deformation associated with the pumped T1 u intramolecular mode. We find that an interaction imbalance is indeed induced, with a favorable sign and magnitude for superconductivity enhancement. The physical mechanism responsible for this enhancement consists of a stabilization of the intramolecular states containing a singlet pair, while preserving the orbital fluctuations allowing for a coherent interorbital delocalization of the pair. Other perturbations have also been considered and found to be detrimental to superconductivity. The light-induced deformation and ensuing interaction imbalance is shown to bring superconductivity further into the strong-coupling regime.

  19. The Environmental Fate of C60 Fullerenes: A Holistic Approach

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    Schreiner, K. M.; Filley, T. R.; Blanchette, R. A.; Jafvert, C.; Bolskar, R.

    2007-12-01

    The manufacture and use of carbon-based nanoparticles, for which C60 fullerenes can be considered a proxy, has grown exponentially in the past decade, and nanotechnology is now a multi-billion dollar industry, spanning disciplines such as cosmetics, biotechnology, and agriculture. Despite this, almost nothing is known of the fate of these compounds in the environment. Based upon the strong radical scavenging properties of many of these substances there are a variety of microbial and photochemical-mediated oxidative fates that will transform the physicochemical properties and control the residence time of these compounds in nature. It is essential that these fates, as well as the fates of the products of the degradation of carbon nanoparticles, are known. For instance, conversion of C60 fullerenes to hydroxylated or carboxylated analogs will shift the manner in which they partition between soils and sediments and water as well as how they interact with cell membranes. This paper combines our findings on the microbial activity of C60 fullerenes, one of the most common types of manufactured carbon nanoparticles, along with recent literature to develop potential chemical decay trajectories in oxidative environmental settings. We show what is known about the environmental fate of this type of nanomaterial and also areas where further research is needed.

  20. Nanobionics of Pharmacologically Active Derivatives of Fullerene C60

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    Kotelnikova, R. A.; Bogdanov, G. N.; Frog, E. C.; Kotelnikov, A. I.; Shtolko, V. N.; Romanova, V. S.; Andreev, S. M.; Kushch, A. A.; Fedorova, N. E.; Medzhidova, A. A.; Miller, G. G.

    2003-12-01

    The physical-chemical mechanisms of pharmacologic functioning of amino acid derivatives of fullerene C60 (ADF) have been studied. ADF were shown to penetrate through the lipid bilayer of liposomes without destruction of membrane integrity. ADF are able to carry bivalent metal ions through phospholipid bilayer owing to the formation of complexes. It was shown that stereoisomers of ADF selectively penetrate into phospholipid membranes. In contrast to D-isomers, L-isomers penetrate through the phosphatidylcholine membrane into liposome interior. Stereo-specific effect of ADF enantiomers was also observed in reaction of peroxidation of lipids. Besides that, ADF bring about a substantial increase in the catalytic activity of monoaminoxidases A and B. The directed intraprotein electron transfer was studied by creating a donor-acceptor pair in a water solution in the presence of ADF. To realize the intraprotein electron transfer, the model system was produced on the base of apomyoglobin by incorporating ADF (electron acceptor) into the heme pocket of protein instead of removed heme. It was established that the fullerene C60 and its derivatives did not produce specific anti-C60 antibodies, both IgG and IgE classes, while ADF themselves are efficient adjuvants, i.e. they increased the antibody response to poor antigens. Some ADF were found to inhibit the human immunodeficiency virus and human cytomegalovirus infection.

  1. Fabrication of C 60 nanostructures by selective growth on GaSe/MoS 2 and InSe/MoS 2 heterostructure substrates

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    Ueno, Keiji; Sasaki, Kentaro; Nakahara, Tomonori; Koma, Atsushi

    1998-06-01

    C 60 molecules were deposited on a submonolayer InSe film which was grown on a MoS 2 substrate. In the previous experiment on the growth of a C 60 thin film on a GaSe/MoS 2 heterostructure, C 60 grew only on exposed MoS 2 regions and never nucleated on GaSe domains at substrate temperature above 180°C. In the present case, however, C 60 molecules grow only on InSe domains and do not nucleate on the exposed MoS 2 when the substrate temperature is higher than 80°C. Using this method, C 60 domains whose dimension is smaller than 100 nm could be fabricated on each InSe domain. The selectivity of the C 60 growth is supposed to originate not from the surface morphology of those heterostructures, but from the difference in adsorption energy and surface diffusion energy of C 60 molecules on the surfaces of three different layered materials and a C 60 film.

  2. A detailed Auger electron spectroscopy study of the first stages of the growth of C60 thin films

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    Vidal, R. A.; Ferrón, J.

    2015-11-01

    In this work we take advantage of the large sensitivity and in-depth resolution of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) to study in a detailed way the growth of C60 over different substrates, namely Cu(1 1 1), Si(1 0 0) and graphene. The ability of AES, as compared to more local probes like STM or AFM, to follow the process in a dynamic way, allows us to study the growth of C60 below and over one ML, including the change of C60 over either Si or Cu to the growth of C60 over a C60 film. We found that the growth always proceeds layer by layer. This result shows that differences in diffusion barriers are not as important as one may think following the idea of diffusion by a jumping mechanism. We propose that the sticking coefficient, governed by the adsorption energy, is responsible for the differences observed between Cu and Si. Our results also point to a different charge transfer among fullerene molecules and these surfaces. The same result is suggested in the case of C60 over graphene, but in this case our conclusion comes from the variable temperature experiments.

  3. Cross-linking of C60 films with 1,8-diaminooctane and further decoration with silver nanoparticles.

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    Meza-Laguna, V; Basiuk, E V; Alvarez-Zauco, E; Acosta-Najarro, D; Basiuk, V A

    2007-10-01

    We applied the direct solvent-free functionalization of fullerene C60 with aliphatic bifunctional amine, 1,8-diaminooctane, to prepare chemically cross-linked C60 thin films capable of binding silver nanoparticles. The gas-phase diamine treatment of C60 reduced dramatically the fullerene solubility in toluene, indicating the transformation of pristine C60 into a different solid phase with cross-linked fullerene molecules. Compared to the spectra of pristine C60 film and powder samples, Fourier-transform infrared, UV-Visible, Raman, and 13C nucleic magnetic resonance spectra of the functionalization products exhibited new features, which point to a breaking of C60 ideal structure during the formation of new covalent bonds and to the appearance of sp3 hibridization. The covalent functionalization with 1,8-diaminooctane allowed for a stable and homogeneous deposition of silver nanoparticles of ca. 5-nm diameter onto the functionalized films through the coordination bonding between metal atoms and nitrogen donor atoms of the fullerene derivatives. The proposed mechanism of Ag nanoparticle binding was supported by density functional theory calculations using the hybrid BLYP functional in conjunction with the double numerical basis set DND.

  4. In situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic and density-functional studies of Si atoms adsorbed on a C60 film.

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    Onoe, Jun; Nakao, Aiko; Hara, Toshiki

    2004-12-08

    The interaction between C(60) and Si atoms has been investigated for Si atoms adsorbed on a C(60) film using in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and density-functional (DFT) calculations. Analysis of the Si 2p core peak identified three kinds of Si atoms adsorbed on the film: silicon suboxides (SiO(x)), bulk Si crystal, and silicon atoms bound to C(60). Based on the atomic percent ratio of silicon to carbon, we estimated that there was approximately one Si atom bound to each C(60) molecule. The Si 2p peak due to the Si-C(60) interaction demonstrated that a charge transfer from the Si atom to the C(60) molecule takes place at room temperature, which is much lower than the temperature of 670 K at which the charge transfer was observed for C(60) adsorbed on Si(001) and (111) clean surfaces [Sakamoto et al., Phys. Rev. B 60, 2579 (1999)]. The number of electrons transferred between the C(60) molecule and Si atom was estimated to be 0.59 based on XPS results, which is in good agreement with the DFT result of 0.63 for a C(60)Si with C(2v) symmetry used as a model cluster. Furthermore, the shift in binding energy of both the Si 2p and C 1s core peaks before and after Si-atom deposition was experimentally obtained to be +2.0 and -0.4 eV, respectively. The C(60)Si model cluster provides the shift of +2.13 eV for the Si 2p core peak and of -0.28 eV for the C 1s core peak, which are well corresponding to those experimental results. The covalency of the Si-C(60) interaction was also discussed in terms of Mulliken overlap population between them.

  5. Intensity-resolved IR multiple photon ionization and fragmentation of C60.

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    Bakker, Joost M; Lapoutre, Vivike J F; Redlich, Britta; Oomens, Jos; Sartakov, Boris G; Fielicke, André; von Helden, Gert; Meijer, Gerard; van der Meer, Alexander F G

    2010-02-21

    The sequential absorption of multiple infrared (IR) photons by isolated gas-phase species can lead to their dissociation and/or ionization. Using the newly constructed "Free-Electron Laser for IntraCavity Experiments" (FELICE) beam line at the FELIX facility, neutral C(60) molecules have been exposed to an extremely high number (approximately 10(23)) of photons/cm(2) for a total time duration of up to 5 micros. At wavelengths around 20 microm, resonant with allowed IR transitions of C(60), ionization and extensive fragmentation of the fullerenes are observed. The resulting photofragment distributions are attributed to absorption in fragmentation products formed once C(60) is excited to internal energies at which fragmentation or ionization takes place within the duration of the laser pulse. The high IR intensities available combined with the large interaction volume permit spatially resolved detection of the ions inside the laser beam, thereby disentangling the contributions from different IR intensities. The use of spatial imaging reveals intensity dependent mass distributions that are substantially narrower than what has been observed previously, indicating rather narrow energy distributions. A simple rate-equation modeling of the excitation process supports the experimental observations.

  6. Functionalization of silicon dioxide surface with 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane for fullerene C60 immobilization.

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    Delafosse, Grégory; Patrone, Lionel; Goguenheim, Didier

    2011-10-01

    Formation of self-assembled monolayers (SAM) of 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS), chemically bonded to silicon dioxide surface, using a new solvent free process, has been studied by contact angle measurements, ellipsometry, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and AFM imaging. The possibility of using as-obtained APTMS SAMs for anchoring functional molecular moieties is then studied with fullerene C60. In a first part we have analyzed the grafting kinetics of APTMS SAMs in order to control the formation of a single monolayer. Results show that about four hours are needed to obtain a complete APTMS single monolayer. In parallel, the ordering kinetics of the SAM has been monitored by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, showing that the monolayer reaches its final order before grafting. We show that those APTMS SAMs can be used to graft C60 molecules deposited from a solution and forming about one monolayer anchored on amine terminal moieties. Such results could help paving the way to the preparation of hybrid C60-based molecular devices on silicon through a bottom-up approach.

  7. Determination of the sputtering yield of cholesterol using Arn(+) and C60(+(+)) cluster ions.

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    Rakowska, P D; Seah, M P; Vorng, J-L; Havelund, R; Gilmore, I S

    2016-08-02

    The sputtering yield of cholesterol films on silicon wafers is measured using Arn(+) and C60(+(+)) ions in popular energy (E) and cluster size (n) ranges. It is shown that the C60(+(+)) ions form a surface layer that stabilizes the film so that a well-behaved profile is obtained. On the other hand, the Arn(+) gas clusters leave the material very clean but, at room temperature, the layer readily restructures into molecular bilayers, so that, although a useful measure may be made of the sputtering yield, the profiles become much more complex. This restructuring does not occur at room temperature normally but results from the actions of the beams in the sputtering process for profiling in secondary ion mass spectrometry. Better profiles may be made by reducing the sample temperature to -100 °C. This is likely to be necessary for many lower molecular weight materials (below 1000 Da) to avoid the movement of molecules. Measurements for cholesterol films on 37 nm of amiodarone on silicon are even better behaved and show the same sputtering yields at room temperature as those films directly on silicon at -100 °C. The yields for both C60(+(+)) and Arn(+) fit the Universal Equation to a standard deviation of 11%.

  8. Energy level alignment at C60/DTDCTB/PEDOT:PSS interfaces in organic photovoltaics

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    Yoo, Jisu; Jung, Kwanwook; Jeong, Junkyeong; Hyun, Gyeongho; Lee, Hyunbok; Yi, Yeonjin

    2017-04-01

    The electronic structure of a narrow band gap small molecule ditolylaminothienyl-benzothiadiazole-dicyanovinylene (DTDCTB), possessing a donor-acceptor-acceptor configuration, was investigated with regard to its application as an efficient donor material in organic photovoltaics (OPVs). The interfacial orbital alignment of C60/DTDCTB/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) was determined using in situ ultraviolet photoelectron and inverse photoelectron spectroscopic methods. The ionization energy and electron affinity values of DTDCTB were measured to be 5.27 eV and 3.65 eV, respectively, and thus a very small transport gap of 1.62 eV was evaluated. Large band bending of DTDCTB on PEDOT:PSS was observed, resulting in a low hole extraction barrier. Additionally, the photovoltaic gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital level of the DTDCTB donor and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level of the C60 acceptor was estimated to be 1.30 eV, which is known to be the theoretical maximum open-circuit voltage in OPVs employing the C60/DTDCTB active layer. The unique electronic structures of DTDCTB contributed toward the recently reported excellent power conversion efficiencies of OPVs containing a DTDCTB donor material.

  9. Morphology Change of C60 Islands on Organic Crystals Observed by Atomic Force Microscopy.

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    Freund, Sara; Hinaut, Antoine; Pawlak, Rémy; Liu, Shi-Xia; Decurtins, Silvio; Meyer, Ernst; Glatzel, Thilo

    2016-06-28

    Organic-organic heterojunctions are nowadays highly regarded materials for light-emitting diodes, field-effect transistors, and photovoltaic cells with the prospect of designing low-cost, flexible, and efficient electronic devices.1-3 However, the key parameter of optimized heterojunctions relies on the choice of the molecular compounds as well as on the morphology of the organic-organic interface,4 which thus requires fundamental studies. In this work, we investigated the deposition of C60 molecules at room temperature on an organic layer compound, the salt bis(benzylammonium)bis(oxalato)cupurate(II), by means of noncontact atomic force microscopy. Three-dimensional molecular islands of C60 having either triangular or hexagonal shapes are formed on the substrate following a "Volmer-Weber" type of growth. We demonstrate the dynamical reshaping of those C60 nanostructures under the local action of the AFM tip at room temperature. The dissipated energy is about 75 meV and can be interpreted as the activation energy required for this migration process.

  10. Ferromagnetism in C60 polymers: pure carbon or contamination with metallic impurities?

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    Talyzin, A V; Dzwilewski, A

    2007-01-01

    A review of ferromagnetism in C60 polymeric materials synthesized by high pressure high temperature (HPHT) treatment is presented. Analysis of published data proves that the reported ferromagnetism cannot be assigned to polymeric structure in either perfect or defect states. Most recent experimental studies have not confirmed previously reported levels of magnetization in polymeric samples while it appears that ferromagnetism of "magnetic carbon" is preserved above the depolymerization point of any C60 polymer. Identical ferromagnetic properties in some samples of fullerene polymer and graphite like hard carbon phase also show that the effect is most likely not connected to fullerenes at all. Most of the data published previously as an evidence of ferromagnetism in C60 polymers synthesized at HPHT conditions can be explained by contamination with magnetic impurities. Formation of iron carbide (Fe3C) due to reaction of metallic iron with fullerene molecules allows to explain observed Curie temperature of approximately 500 K and levels of magnetization reported for "magnetic carbon".

  11. Organic field effect transistor composed by fullerene C60 and heterojunctions

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    Vasconcelos, Railson C.; Aleixo, Vicente F. P.; Del Nero, Jordan

    2017-02-01

    We present a study of the complex electronic behavior of a fullerene (C60) molecule attached to six leads (heterojunctions), which works as a three-dimension rectifier. In addition, we confirmed that the fullerene works not only as an electron donor, but also as barrier and transport channel to electrons through the molecule. Moreover, when the phenylpropanodinilla (PPP) lead is orthogonally subjected to bias voltage, the charge distribution and the current displays regions of saturation and resonance similar to semiconductor devices. In order to understand the electronic transport in the molecule, we applied non-equilibrium green function (NEGF) method and performed Fowler-Nordheim (FN) and Millikan-Lauritsen (ML) analyses. The ML curves proved to be sufficient to describe the FN characteristics. In this work, we report the theoretical design for electronic transport of a 3D device (6-terminal).

  12. Development of C60-based labeling reagents for the determination of low-molecular-weight compounds by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass (I): Determination of amino acids in microliter biofluids.

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    Wu, Pin; Xiao, Hua-Ming; Ding, Jun; Deng, Qian-Yun; Zheng, Fang; Feng, Yu-Qi

    2017-04-01

    Quantification of low molecular weight compounds (<800 Da) using matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI MS) is challenging due to the matrix signal interference at low m/z region and poor reproducibility of MS responses. In this study, a C60 labeling-MALDI MS strategy was proposed for the fast, sensitive and reliable determination of amino acids (AAs) in biofluids. An N-hydroxysuccinimide functionalized C60 was synthesized as the labeling reagent and added as an 880 Da tag to AAs; a carboxyl acid containing C60 was employed as the internal standards to normalize MS variations. This solved the inherent problems of MALDI MS for small molecule analysis. The entire analytical procedure-which consisted of simple protein precipitation and 10 min of derivatization in a microwave prior to the MALDI MS analysis-could be accomplished within 20 min with high throughput and great sample matrix tolerance. AA quantification showed good linearity from 0.7 to 70.0 μM with correlation coefficients (R) larger than 0.9954. The limits of detection were 70.0-300.0 fmol. Good reproducibility and reliability of the method were demonstrated by intra-day and inter-day precision with relative standard deviations less than 13.8%, and the recovery in biofluid ranged from 80.4% to 106.8%. This approach could be used in 1 μL of urine, serum, plasma, whole blood, and cerebrospinal fluid. Most importantly, the C60 labeling strategy is a universal approach for MALDI MS analysis of various LMW compounds because functionalized C60 is now available on demand.

  13. Complex interplay between formation routes and natural organic matter modification controls capabilities of C60 nanoparticles (nC60) to accumulate organic contaminants.

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    Hou, Lei; Fortner, John D; Wang, Ximeng; Zhang, Chengdong; Wang, Lilin; Chen, Wei

    2017-01-01

    Accumulation of organic contaminants on fullerene nanoparticles (nC60) may significantly affect the risks of C60 in the environment. The objective of this study was to further understand how the interplay of nC60 formation routes and humic acid modification affects contaminant adsorption of nC60. Specifically, adsorption of 1,2,4,5-tetrachlorobenzene (a model nonionic, hydrophobic organic contaminant) on nC60 was greatly affected by nC60 formation route - the formation route significantly affected the aggregation properties of nC60, thus affecting the available surface area and the extent of adsorption via the pore-filling mechanism. Depending on whether nC60 was formed via the "top-down" route (i.e., sonicating C60 powder in aqueous solution) or "bottom-up" route (i.e., phase transfer from an organic solvent) and the type of solvent involved (toluene versus tetrahydrofuran), modification of nC60 with Suwannee River humic acid (SRHA) could either enhance or inhibit the adsorption affinity of nC60. The net effect depended on the specific way in which SRHA interacted with C60 monomers and/or C60 aggregates of different sizes and morphology, which determined the relative importance of enhanced adsorption from SRHA modification via preventing C60 aggregation and inhibited adsorption through blocking available adsorption sites. The findings further demonstrate the complex mechanisms controlling interactions between nC60 and organic contaminants, and may have significant implications for the life-cycle analysis and risk assessment of C60.

  14. Electronic and ionic conductivities in superionic Li4C60

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    Quintavalle, D.; Márkus, B. G.; Jánossy, A.; Simon, F.; Klupp, G.; Győri, M. A.; Kamarás, K.; Magnani, G.; Pontiroli, D.; Riccò, M.

    2016-05-01

    The 10 GHz microwave conductivity, σ (T ) and high field, 222 GHz electron spin resonance (HF-ESR) of Li4C60 fulleride is measured in a wide temperature range. We suggest that the majority of ESR active sites and at least some of the charge carriers for σ (T ) are electrons bound to a small concentration of surplus or vacancy ions in the polymer phase. Both σ (T ) and the ESR line shape depend on ionic motion. A change of the activation energy of σ (T ) at 125 K coincides with the onset of the ionic DC conductivity. The ESR line shape is determined mainly by Li ionic motion within octahedral voids below 150 K. At higher temperatures, fluctuations due to ionic diffusion change the environment of defects from axial to effectively isotropic on the ESR time scale. σ (T ) data up to 700 K through the depolymerization transition confirm that the monomeric phase of Li4C60 is a metal.

  15. Self-stability of C60 nanocapsules with radio-iodide content and its interaction with calcium atoms.

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    Valderrama, Alejandro; Reynoso, Radamés; Gómez, Raúl W; Marquina, Vivianne

    2016-01-01

    This paper inquires the C60 capabilities to contain radio-iodide ((131)I2) molecules. The encapsulation conditions are investigated applying first principles method to simulate with geometric optimizations and molecular dynamics at 310 K and atmospheric pressure. We find that the n(131)I2@C60 system, where n = 1, 2, 3…, is stable if the content does not exceed three molecules of radio-iodide. The application of density functional theory allows us to determine that, the nanocapsules content limit is related with the amount of charge that is transferred from the iodine (131)I2 molecules to the carbon atoms in the fullerene surface. The Mulliken population analysis reveals that the excess of charge increases the repulsive forces between atoms and the bond length average in the C60 structure. The weakened bonds easily break and will critically damage the encapsulation properties. Additionally, we test the interaction nanocapsules with different amounts of radioactive iodine diatomic molecules content with calcium atoms, and find that only the fullerene containing one radioactive iodine diatomic molecule was able to interact with up to nine atoms of calcium without disrupting or cracking. Other fullerenes with two and three radio iodine diatomic molecules cannot resist the interaction with a single calcium atom without cracking or being broken.

  16. Thermodynamics of hydration of fullerols [C60(OH)n] and hydrogen bond dynamics in their hydration shells

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    Keshri, Sonanki; Tembe, B. L.

    2017-02-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of fullerene and fullerols [C60(OH)n, where n = 2-30] in aqueous solutions have been performed for the purpose of obtaining a detailed understanding of the structural and dynamic properties of these nanoparticles in water. The structures, dynamics and hydration free energies of the solute molecules in water have been analysed. Radial distribution functions, spatial density distribution functions and hydrogen bond analyses are employed to characterize the solvation shells of water around the central solute molecules. We have found that water molecules form two solvation shells around the central solute molecule. Hydrogen bonding in the bulk solvent is unaffected by increasing n. The large decrease in solvation enthalpies of these solute molecules for n > 14 enhances solubilisation. The diffusion constants of solute molecules decrease with increasing n. The solvation free energy of C60 in water is positive (52.8 kJ/mol), whereas its value for C60(OH)30 is highly negative (-427.1 kJ/mol). The effects of surface hydroxylation become more dominant once the fullerols become soluble.

  17. SERS of Gold/C 60 (/C 70) nano-clusters deposited on floppy disk and hard disk

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    Luo, Zhixun; Fang, Yan

    2006-01-01

    It is important to apply the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra to study the interfacial properties of films and the adsorption behavior of molecules on substrates. In this paper, SERS spectra of good quality of gold/C 60 (/C 70) nano-clusters deposited on floppy disk and hard disk were reported with the pyridine as a kind of solvent intermediate. The floppy disk or hard disk, as a new and effective substrate for SERS, provides a plank for C 60/C 70 molecules to adsorb on the gold nano-particles. The number of vibrational modes was greatly increased, especially some modes that were forbidden in Raman spectrum, appeared and even split as prediction of group theory. The enhancement factor is estimated to over 10 6. It provides convenience for probing the C 60/C 70 vibrational structure and the physical properties with the high sensitivity, as well as the adsorption behavior, the interaction of fullerene with gold surface and the SERS mechanism of molecules adsorbed on substrates. What's more, the SERS sensitivity of the magnetism is demonstrated by comparing the SERS of gold/C 60 (/C 70) nano-clusters deposited on floppy disk and hard disk.

  18. Reactions of Fe+ coordinated to the [pi]-donating ligands C2H4, c-C5H5, C6H6 and C60 with N2O and CO: probing the bonding in (C60)Fe+

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    Baranov, Vladimir; Bohme, Diethard K.

    1995-11-01

    Experimental results are reported for gas-phase reactions of Fe+ coordinated to the [pi]-donating ligands C2H4, c-C5H5, C6H6 and C60 with N2O and CO. Reaction rate coefficients and product distributions were measured with the selected-ion flow tube (SIFT) technique operating at 294 ± 3 K and a helium buffer gas pressure of 0.35 ± 0.01 Torr. The measurements provide intrinsic efficiencies for the primary and higher-order ligation of these XFe+ cations with CO and N2O and their corresponding coordination numbers. The coordination numbers are consistent with known ground state electronic structures. Many of the ligated ions were synthesized by ion/molecule ligation reactions in the gas phase for the first time, including XFe(CO)n+ and XFe(N2O)+ with X = C2H4, c-C5H5 and C6H6, (C60)Fe(N2O)+, (C60)FeO+ and (C60)FeO(N2O)+. Also, the measurements provided an experimental assessment of the mode of bonding in (C60)Fe+.

  19. Continuum modeling investigation of gigahertz oscillators based on a C60 fullerene inside cyclic peptide nanotubes

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    Sadeghi, F.; Ansari, R.; Darvizeh, M.

    2016-02-01

    Research concerning the fabrication of nano-oscillators with operating frequency in the gigahertz (GHz) range has become a focal point in recent years. In this paper, a new type of GHz oscillators is introduced based on a C60 fullerene inside a cyclic peptide nanotube (CPN). To study the dynamic behavior of such nano-oscillators, using the continuum approximation in conjunction with the 6-12 Lennard-Jones (LJ) potential function, analytical expressions are derived to determine the van der Waals (vdW) potential energy and interaction force between the two interacting molecules. Employing Newton's second law, the equation of motion is solved numerically to arrive at the telescopic oscillatory motion of a C60 fullerene inside CPNs. It is shown that the fullerene molecule exhibits different kinds of oscillation inside peptide nanotubes which are sensitive to the system parameters. Furthermore, for the precise evaluation of the oscillation frequency, a novel semi-analytical expression is proposed based on the conservation of the mechanical energy principle. Numerical results are presented to comprehensively study the effects of the number of peptide units and initial conditions (initial separation distance and velocity) on the oscillatory behavior of C60 -CPN oscillators. It is found out that for peptide nanotubes comprised of one unit, the maximum achievable frequency is obtained when the inner core oscillates with respect to its preferred positions located outside the tube, while for other numbers of peptide units, such frequency is obtained when the inner core oscillates with respect to the preferred positions situated in the space between the two first or the two last units. It is further found out that four peptide units are sufficient to obtain the optimal frequency.

  20. First-principles investigation on the geometry and electronic structure of the three-dimensional cuboidal C(60) polymer.

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    Yang, Jianjun; Tse, John S; Iitaka, Toshiaki

    2007-10-07

    The structural stability and electronic properties of the recently characterized three-dimensional (3D) cuboid-shaped C(60) polymer are studied using periodic ab initio density functional methods. It is shown that the experimentally observed structure is metastable and not fully relaxed from the high pressure state. A second polymorph, which is more stable than the experimental structure, is identified from the calculations. This new structure differs from the observed structure in the number of fourfold-coordinated atoms per C(60) molecule. Both structures are found to be metallic with bulk moduli only about one-third that of diamond. The cuboidal C(60) is not the long sought after superhard 3D carbon polymer; however, the two polymorphs studied here reveal unusual electronic band structures that might suggest interesting electronic properties.

  1. First-principles investigation on the geometry and electronic structure of the three-dimensional cuboidal C60 polymer

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    Yang, Jianjun; Tse, John S.; Iitaka, Toshiaki

    2007-10-01

    The structural stability and electronic properties of the recently characterized three-dimensional (3D) cuboid-shaped C60 polymer are studied using periodic ab initio density functional methods. It is shown that the experimentally observed structure is metastable and not fully relaxed from the high pressure state. A second polymorph, which is more stable than the experimental structure, is identified from the calculations. This new structure differs from the observed structure in the number of fourfold-coordinated atoms per C60 molecule. Both structures are found to be metallic with bulk moduli only about one-third that of diamond. The cuboidal C60 is not the long sought after superhard 3D carbon polymer; however, the two polymorphs studied here reveal unusual electronic band structures that might suggest interesting electronic properties.

  2. Optically enhanced charge transfer between C60 and single-wall carbon nanotubes in hybrid electronic devices

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    Allen, Christopher S.; Liu, Guoquan; Chen, Yabin; Robertson, Alex W.; He, Kuang; Porfyrakis, Kyriakos; Zhang, Jin; Briggs, G. Andrew D.; Warner, Jamie H.

    2013-12-01

    In this article we probe the nature of electronic interactions between the components of hybrid C60-carbon nanotube structures. Utilizing an aromatic mediator we selectively attach C60 molecules to carbon nanotube field-effect transistor devices. Structural characterization via atomic force and transmission electron microscopy confirm the selectivity of this attachment. Charge transfer from the carbon nanotube to the C60 molecules is evidenced by a blue shift of the Raman G+ peak position and increased threshold voltage of the transistor transfer characteristics. We estimate this charge transfer to increase the device density of holes per unit length by up to 0.85 nm-1 and demonstrate further optically enhanced charge transfer which increases the hole density by an additional 0.16 nm-1.In this article we probe the nature of electronic interactions between the components of hybrid C60-carbon nanotube structures. Utilizing an aromatic mediator we selectively attach C60 molecules to carbon nanotube field-effect transistor devices. Structural characterization via atomic force and transmission electron microscopy confirm the selectivity of this attachment. Charge transfer from the carbon nanotube to the C60 molecules is evidenced by a blue shift of the Raman G+ peak position and increased threshold voltage of the transistor transfer characteristics. We estimate this charge transfer to increase the device density of holes per unit length by up to 0.85 nm-1 and demonstrate further optically enhanced charge transfer which increases the hole density by an additional 0.16 nm-1. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: AFM line scans of the substrate before and after functionalization; scheme for measuring amorphous carbon coverage from TEM images; diameter comparisons of ac-TEM image and simulation of C60 molecule; Raman spectra D peak comparison; optical response of transfer properties of pristine devices; comparison between swept and pulsed Vg measurements

  3. C60-dyad aggregates: Self-organized structures in aqueous solutions

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    Guskova, O. A.; Varanasi, S. R.; Sommer, J.-U.

    2014-10-01

    Extensive full-atomistic molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the self-organization of C60-fullerene dyad molecules in water, namely phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester and fulleropyrrolidines, which have two elements of ordering, the hydrophobic fullerene cage and the hydrophilic/ionic group. While pristine fullerene or phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester forms spherical droplets in order to minimize the surface tension, the amphiphilic nature of charged solute molecules leads to the formation of supramolecular assemblies having cylindrical shape driven by charge repulsion between the ionic groups located on the surface of the aggregates. We show that formation of non-spherical micelles is the geometrical consequence if the fullerene derivatives are considered as surfactants where the ionized groups are only hydrophilic unit. The agglomeration behavior of fullerenes is evaluated by determining sizes of the clusters, solvent accessible surface areas, and shape parameters. By changing the size of the counterions from chloride over iodide to perchlorate we find a thickening of the cylinder-like structures which can be explained by stronger condensation of larger ions and thus partial screening of the charge repulsion on the cluster surface. The reason for the size dependence of counterion condensation is the formation of a stronger hydration shell in case of small ions which in turn are repelled from the fullerene aggregates. Simulations are also in good agreement with the experimentally observed morphologies of decorated C60-nanoparticles.

  4. High-Pressure Synthesis of Superhard Material from C60

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    Horikawa, Takashi; Suito, Kaichi; Kobayashi, Michihiro; Oshima, Ryuichiro

    2005-05-01

    Fullerene, C60, has been investigated at a high pressure of 15 GPa and at a high temperature of 800°C using an octahedral anvil press. Samples retrieved after being heated to temperatures between 165 and 700°C under pressures from 10 to 15 GPa were found to be very hard, exhibiting micro-Vickers hardness ranging from 40 to 100 GPa. The hardness was governed by the pressure and temperature conditions studied as well as the duration of the high-temperature treatment. X-ray diffraction analysis and Raman scattering studies revealed that the hard products contained amorphous carbon consisting of sp2-bonded clusters with a small persistence of unknown phase.

  5. Graphene oxide-fullerene C60 (GO-C60) hybrid for photodynamic and photothermal therapy triggered by near-infrared light.

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    Li, Qian; Hong, Liang; Li, Hongguang; Liu, Chenguang

    2017-03-15

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT) are two promising methodologies for cancer therapy. Although a variety of materials which can be used in PDT and PTT have been developed in the past decades, those showing the combined effect of PDT and PTT under NIR irradiation are rare. Graphene oxide (GO) and fullerene C60 (denoted as C60 hereafter) with unique physical and chemical properties are promising candidates for PTT and PDT, respectively. Here, by using a stepwise conjugation method, a new GO-C60 hybrid which contains hydrophilic methoxypolyethylene glycol (mPEG) and mono-substituted C60 was constructed for combined PDT and PTT. The hybrid shows good solubility in different environments including physiological solutions. The introduction of C60 to GO did not decrease the photothermal properties of GO, while the conjugation of GO to C60 activated the ability of C60 to generate singlet oxygen ((1)O2) in near infrared (NIR) region in aqueous solution. The GO-C60 hybrid also shows good ability to induce the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in Hela cells. Due to the synergistic effect between GO and C60, GO-C60 hybrid exhibits superior performance in the inhibition of cancer cells compared to both individuals, indicating its high potential in practical applications.

  6. Shpolski effect in optical spectra of frozen solutions of the organic C60 fullerene derivative in toluene

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    Razbirin, B. S.; Sheka, E. F.; Starukhin, A. N.; Nel'Son, D. K.; Degunov, M. Yu.; Troshin, P. A.; Lyubovskaya, R. N.

    2009-06-01

    The optical spectra of a solution of the C60 ethyl acetate (C60-EA) in toluene are investigated. The absorption spectra measured at T = 80 K reveal a combination of an intense featureless background pedestal deriving from absorption of charge-transfer cluster complexes on which weakly structured molecular absorption is superposed. A decrease in the temperature from 80 to 2 K leads to the appearance of a multiplet of narrow lines (with a width of down to 5 cm-1) corresponding to the optical excitation of C60-EA molecules occupying different inequivalent positions in the matrix. A similar structure is observed in the luminescence spectrum of the C60-EA solution at T = 2 K. The structural luminescence spectrum is in mirror symmetry with the absorption bands. The frequencies of the corresponding transitions and the related molecular vibrations are determined. The allowed character of both mirror-symmetry spectra combined with the exact matching of their constituent frequencies suggests that the vibronic interaction in the molecule is determined by the Frank-Condon mechanism.

  7. Understanding the electronic structure of CdSe quantum dot-fullerene (C60) hybrid nanostructure for photovoltaic applications

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    Sarkar, Sunandan; Rajbanshi, Biplab; Sarkar, Pranab

    2014-09-01

    By using the density-functional tight binding method, we studied the electronic structure of CdSe quantum dot(QD)-buckminsterfullerene (C60) hybrid systems as a function of both the size of the QD and concentration of the fullerene molecule. Our calculation reveals that the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital energy level of the hybrid CdSeQD-C60 systems lies on the fullerene moiety, whereas the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level lies either on the QD or the fullerene depending on size of the CdSe QD. We explored the possibility of engineering the energy level alignment by varying the size of the CdSe QD. With increase in size of the QD, the HOMO level is shifted upward and crosses the HOMO level of the C60-thiol molecule resulting transition from the type-I to type-II band energy alignment. The density of states and charge density plot support these types of band gap engineering of the CdSe-C60 hybrid systems. This type II band alignment indicates the possibility of application of this nanohybrid for photovoltaic purpose.

  8. An ab-initio density functional theory investigation of fullerene/Zn-phthalocyanine (C60/ZnPc) interface with face-on orientation

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    Javaid, Saqib; Javed Akhtar, M.

    2015-07-28

    We have employed density functional theory to study the C60/ZnPc interface with face-on orientation, which has recently been tailored experimentally. For this purpose, adsorption of ZnPc on C60 has been studied, while taking into account different orientations of C60. Out of various adsorption sites investigated, 6:6 C-C bridge position in apex configuration of C60 has been found energetically the most favourable one with C60-ZnPc adsorption distance of ∼2.77 Å. The adsorption of ZnPc on C60 ensues both charge re-organization and charge transfer at the interface, resulting in the formation of interface dipole. Moreover, by comparing results with that of C60/CuPc interface, we show that the direction of interface dipole can be tuned by the change of the central atom of the phthalocyanine molecule. These results highlight the complexity of electronic interactions present at the C60/Phthalocyanine interface.

  9. C60 superstructure and carbide formation on the Al-terminated Al9Co2(001 ) surface

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    Ledieu, J.; Gaudry, É.; de Weerd, M.-C.; Gille, P.; Diehl, R. D.; Fournée, V.

    2015-04-01

    We report the formation of an ordered C60 monolayer on the Al9Co2 (001) surface using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), x-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS), and ab initio calculations. Dosing fullerenes at 300 K results in a disordered overlayer. However, the adsorption of C60 with the sample held between 573-673 K leads to a [4, -2 ∣1 ,3 ] phase. The growth of C60 proceeds with the formation of two domains which are mirror symmetric with respect to the [100] direction. Within each domain, the superstructure unit cell contains six molecules and this implies an area per fullerene equal to 91 Å2. The molecules exhibit two types of contrast (bright and dim) which are bias dependent. The adsorption energies and preferred molecular configuration at several possible adsorption sites have been determined theoretically. These calculations lead to a possible scheme describing the configuration of each C60 in the observed superstructure. Several defects (vacancies, protrusions,…) and domain boundaries observed in the film are also discussed. If the sample temperature is higher than 693 K when dosing, impinging C60 molecules dissociate at the surface, hence leading to the formation of a carbide film as observed by STM and LEED measurements. The formation of Al4C3 domains and the molecular dissociation are confirmed by XPS/UPS measurements acquired at different stages of the experiment. The cluster substructure present at the Al9Co2 (001) surface dictates the carbide domain orientations.

  10. COLLISION DYNAMICS OF X@C60(X = He, Ne, Ar) AT LOW ENERGIES

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    Zhao, Qiang; Zhang, Feng-Shou; Zhou, Hong-Yu

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, a semi-empirical molecular dynamics model is developed. The central collisions of C60 + C60 and X@C60 + X@C60 (X = He, Ne, Ar) at various incident energy are investigated within this model. The fullerene dimers like a "dumbbell" can be formed by a self-assembly of C60 fullerene and X@C60 (X = He, Ne) endohedral fullerenes, and the new fullerene structure like "peanut" can be formed by a self-assembly of Ar@C60. It is found that Ar atom plays a great role in the collision of Ar@C60 + Ar@C60 because of its size effect. The energy effect is found that various incident energies cannot change the final structure at low energies if they are below a certain energy.

  11. CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PHYSICS AND RELATED AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Two Possible Configurations for Silver-C60-Silver Molecular Devices and Their Conductance Characteristics

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    Tian, Guang-Jun; Su, Wen-Yong

    2009-06-01

    Coherent electronic transport properties of silver-C60-silver molecular junctions in different configurations are studied using hybrid density function theory. The experimentally measured current flows of C60 molecules adsorbed on the silver surface are well reproduced by theoretical calculations. It is found that the current-voltage characteristics of the molecular junctions depend strongly on the configurations of the junctions. Transmission spectra combined with density of states can help us to understand in depth the transport properties. Different kinds of electrode construction are also discussed. With the help of the calculation, two possible configurations of silver-C60-silver molecular junctions are suggested.

  12. Variation of excited-state dynamics in trifluoromethyl functionalized C60 fullerenes.

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    Park, Jaehong; Ramirez, Jessica J; Clikeman, Tyler T; Larson, Bryon W; Boltalina, Olga V; Strauss, Steven H; Rumbles, Garry

    2016-08-17

    We report on electronically excited-state dynamics of three different trifluoromethyl C60 fullerenes (TMFs, C60(CF3)n: C60/4-1, C60/6-2, and C60/10-1, featuring four, six, and ten trifluoromethyl groups, respectively) using steady-state and time-resolved optical spectroscopy as well as ultrafast pump/probe transient absorption spectroscopy. C60/4-1 and C60/6-2 dissolved in toluene solvent show near-unity S1 → T1 intersystem crossing quantum yield (ΦISC), ca. 1 ns S1-state lifetimes, and microsecond-timescale T1-state lifetimes, which are typical of the fullerene class. On the other hand, C60/10-1 exhibits a dominant sub-nanosecond nonradiative S1 → S0 relaxation mechanism and negligible ΦISC, therefore decreasing the average excited-state lifetime (τavg) by about 5 orders of magnitude compared to that of C60/4-1 and C60/6-2 (τavg ≈ 17 μs and 54 μs for C60/4-1 and C60/6-2, respectively, whereas τavg ≈ 100 ps for C60/10-1). These excited-state characteristics of C60/4-1 and C60/6-2 are preserved in polymer matrix, suggesting that fullerene/polymer interactions do not modulate intrinsic photophysics of trifluoromethyl-substituted fullerenes. The contrasting excited-state study results of C60/4-1 and C60/6-2 to that of C60/10-1 infer that intrinsic optical properties and excited-state dynamics can be affected by the substitution on the fullerene.

  13. Superconductivity of Fullerides with Composition AGaxC_{60} and AGaxMyC_{60} (A = K, Rb; M = In, Sn, Bi)

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    Kulbachinskii, V. A.; Lunin, R. A.; Velikodny, Yu. A.; Bulychev, B. M.

    2016-12-01

    The new heterofullerides with the composition AGaxC_{60} and AGaxMyC_{60} (A = K, Rb; M = In, Sn, Bi; x,y<1) have been synthesized by a new method using liquid alloys of alkali metal with gallium or gallams. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility was measured in the temperature range from 4.2 to 100 K, and transitions to a superconducting state were observed at temperatures Tc ranging from 7 to 17.5 K. The superconductivity was found for fullerides RbGaxC_{60} and RbGaxInyC_{60} with orthorhombic lattice.

  14. A biologically effective fullerene (C60) derivative with superoxide dismutase mimetic properties.

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    Ali, Sameh S; Hardt, Joshua I; Quick, Kevin L; Kim-Han, Jeong Sook; Erlanger, Bernard F; Huang, Ting-Ting; Epstein, Charles J; Dugan, Laura L

    2004-10-15

    Superoxide, a potentially toxic by-product of cellular metabolism, may contribute to tissue injury in many types of human disease. Here we show that a tris-malonic acid derivative of the fullerene C60 molecule (C3) is capable of removing the biologically important superoxide radical with a rate constant (k(C3)) of 2 x 10(6) mol(-1) s(-1), approximately 100-fold slower than the superoxide dismutases (SOD), a family of enzymes responsible for endogenous dismutation of superoxide. This rate constant is within the range of values reported for several manganese-containing SOD mimetic compounds. The reaction between C3 and superoxide was not via stoichiometric "scavenging," as expected, but through catalytic dismutation of superoxide, indicated by lack of structural modifications to C3, regeneration of oxygen, production of hydrogen peroxide, and absence of EPR-active (paramagnetic) products, all consistent with a catalytic mechanism. A model is proposed in which electron-deficient regions on the C60 sphere work in concert with malonyl groups attached to C3 to electrostatically guide and stabilize superoxide, promoting dismutation. We also found that C3 treatment of Sod2(-/-) mice, which lack expression of mitochondrial manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), increased their life span by 300%. These data, coupled with evidence that C3 localizes to mitochondria, suggest that C3 functionally replaces MnSOD, acting as a biologically effective SOD mimetic.

  15. Experimental and theoretical studies of novel hydrogen diffuson in fullerite C_60

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    Fitzgerald, Stephen; Hannachi, Rym; Sholl, David; Sieber, Kurt; Gerogiorgis, Dimitrios

    2004-03-01

    Given the present interest in hydrogen storage within novel forms of carbon we have investigated the behavior of molecular H2 within solid fullerite C_60. Although C_60 will never be a practical storage medium, it does offer an ideal system to study the interaction of hydrogen within a well-characterized curved graphitic matrix. Our results based on infrared spectroscopy and loading isotherms indicate that isolated interstitial H2 bind preferentially in the lattice octahedral sites and diffuse by hopping between octahedral and tetrahedral sites^1. Parallel replica dynamics and minimum energy path calculations reveal an unexpected diffusion mechanism involving H2 molecules hopping into an already occupied octahedral site^2. This creates a short-lived H2 dimer, with a lower activation barrier for hopping that greatly enhances the diffusion rates. These calculations have been confirmed by experimental isotherm measurements and simulations using a rigorously derived lattice model that show a greatly reduced outgassing life-time with increasing H2 concentrations. ^1 S. A. FitzGerald, S. Forth and M. Rinkoski, Phys. Rev. B, 65, 140302 (2002). ^2 B. P. Uberuaga, A. F. Voter, K. K. Sieber, and D. S. Sholl, Phys. Rev. Lett., 91, 105901 (2003).

  16. Transition from SAMO to Rydberg State Ionization in C60 in Femtosecond Laser Fields

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    2016-01-01

    The transition between two distinct ionization mechanisms in femtosecond laser fields at 785 nm is observed for C60 molecules. The transition occurs in the investigated intensity range from 3 to 20 TW/cm2 and is visualized in electron kinetic energy spectra below the one-photon energy (1.5 eV) obtained via velocity map imaging. Assignment of several observed broad spectral peaks to ionization from superatom molecular orbitals (SAMOs) and Rydberg states is based on time-dependent density functional theory simulations. We find that ionization from SAMOs dominates the spectra for intensities below 5 TW/cm2. As the intensity increases, Rydberg state ionization exceeds the prominence of SAMOs. Using short laser pulses (20 fs) allowed uncovering of distinct six-lobe photoelectron angular distributions with kinetic energies just above the threshold (below 0.2 eV), which we interpret as over-the-barrier ionization of shallow f-Rydberg states in C60. PMID:27934203

  17. The transition from the ordered to the merohedral disordered phase in oxygenated solid C 60

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    Gu, Min; Wang, Yening; Tang, Tong B.; Zhang, Weiyi; Hu, Chen; Yan, Feng; Feng, Duan

    1996-02-01

    C 60 powder, pellets and single crystals were oxygenated at 0.11 kbar and then studied with MAS 13C NMR, DSC and XRD. In agreement with reports by other authors, powder samples exhibited minor NMR resonances, indicative of blocking of fullerene rotation by interstitial oxygen, the distribution of which had yet to attain the equilibrium state. Also, as reported by others, DSC showed two endothermic peaks near 260 K, and both, we found, corresponded to a discontinuous change in the lattice parameter. The peak on the low-temperature side moved up in temperature with elapsed time. Pellets, in which presumably oxygen diffused easily, displayed only one peak but shifted in the same manner. Single crystals, in contrast, had only the higher-temperature “immobile” peak. We suggest that the shifting endotherm originates from the transition of oxygen-intercalated C 60 to a merohedral disordered phase, in which the rotation of fullerene molecules is partially impeded by oxygen. A phenomenological model is proposed for this transition.

  18. Study of Flux Ratio of C60 to Ar Cluster Ion for Hard DLC Film deposition

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    Miyauchi, K.; Kitagawa, T.; Toyoda, N.; Kanda, K.; Matsui, S.; Yamada, I.

    2003-08-01

    To study the influence of the flux ratio of C60 molecule to Ar cluster ion on DLC film characteristics, DLC films deposited under various flux ratios were characterized with Raman spectrometry and Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS). From results of these measurements, hard DLC films were deposited when the flux ratio of C60 to Ar cluster ion was between 0.7 and 4. Furthermore the DLC film with constant sp2 content was obtained in the range of the ratio from 0.7 to 4, which contents are lower values than that of conventional films such as RF plasma. DLC films deposited under the ratio from 1 to 4 had hardness from 40 to 45GPa. It was shown that DLC films with stable properties of low sp2 content and high hardness were formed even when the fluxes were varied from 1 to 4 during deposition. It was indicated that this process was useful in the view of industrial application.

  19. Geochemistry and cosmochemistry of fullerenes 3: Reaction of C60 and C70 with ozone

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    Heymann, D.; Chibante, L. P. F.

    1993-01-01

    C60 and C70 dissolved in toluene were treated with O2 gas containing 2.6 volume percent ozone and with O3-free oxygen. No reaction products were detected for 0.1 mole of O2 passed through the solution, but destruction of C60 was clearly detectable for a dose of 10(exp -6) moles of O3. C70 was destroyed more slowly than C60. Among the substances remaining in solution, we identified C60O, C70O, C60O2, C60O3, and C60O4. C60 crystals exposed to O3 at room temperature became less soluble in toluene in a matter of days, but oxides were apparently not formed.

  20. A High Thrust Density, C60 Cluster, Ion Thruster.

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    1996-09-01

    spacecraft mission and hence, the amount stored. Fundamentally they can be divided into: (1) heating the entire fuel storage in which case the storage tank...with the aid of Eqs. [3.1] and [3.2]. 4.2.2 Future Vaporizer and Feeding System Concept The fundamental options of heating all propellant in a single...hollow cathode the carbon residue inside the discharge chamber was very small relative to that observed when using heated tungsten filament cathode. This

  1. Electronic transitions and band offsets in C60:SubPc and C60:MgPc on MoO3 studied by modulated surface photovoltage spectroscopy

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    Fengler, S.; Dittrich, Th.; Rusu, M.

    2015-07-01

    Electronic transitions at interfaces between MoO3 layers and organic layers of C60, SubPc, MgPc, and nano-composite layers of SubPc:C60 and MgPc:C60 have been studied by modulated surface photovoltage (SPV) spectroscopy. For all systems, time dependent and modulated SPV signals pointed to dissociation of excitons at the MoO3/organic layer interfaces with a separation of holes towards MoO3. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) gaps (EHL) of C60, SubPc, and MgPc and the effective EHL of SubPc:C60 and MgPc:C60 were measured. The offsets between the LUMO (ΔEL) or HOMO (ΔEH) bands were obtained with high precision and amounted to 0.33 or 0.73 eV for SubPc:C60, respectively, and to -0.33 or 0.67 eV for MgPc:C60, respectively. Exponential tails below EHL and most pronounced sub-bandgap transitions were characterized and ascribed to disorder and transitions from HOMO bands to unoccupied defect states.

  2. Ab initio calculation of X-ray emission and IR spectra of the hydrofullerene C 60H 36

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    Bulusheva, L. G.; Okotrub, A. V.; Antich, A. V.; Lobach, A. S.

    2001-05-01

    Two isomers of the hydrofullerene C 60H 36 with T and D3 d symmetry were calculated using ab initio Hartree-Fock self-consistent field (HF-SCF). The T symmetry isomer in which the benzenoid rings occupy tetrahedral positions is predicted to be lower in energy than the other considered isomer. Simulated CK α spectra of the isomers were compared with the X-ray fluorescence spectrum of the hydrofullerene C 60H 36 prepared by the transfer hydrogenation method. The short-wave maximum intensity of the CK α spectrum of C 60H 36 was shown to be sensitive to the number of π electrons in the high-occupied levels of the molecule. Although the theoretical spectra are similar in appearance, the T isomer seems to be in better accordance with the experiment. Furthermore, the computed infrared frequencies and intensities for this isomer were found to correlate well with features in the measured spectrum of C 60H 36. The most intense peak in the low-frequency spectral region was shown to correspond to the skeletal vibrations of the benzenoid rings.

  3. Encapsulation of C60 fullerenes into single-walled carbon nanotubes: Fundamental mechanical principles and conventional applied mathematical modeling

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    Baowan, Duangkamon; Thamwattana, Ngamta; Hill, James M.

    2007-10-01

    A well-known self-assembled hybrid carbon nanostructure is a nanopeapod which may be regarded as the prototype nanocarrier for drug delivery. While the investigation of the packing of C60 molecules inside a carbon nanotube is usually achieved through either experimentation or large scale computation, this paper adopts elementary mechanical principles and classical applied mathematical modeling techniques to formulate explicit analytical criteria and ideal model behavior for such encapsulation. In particular, we employ the Lennard-Jones potential and the continuum approximation to determine three encapsulation mechanisms for a C60 fullerene entering a tube: (i) through the tube open end (head-on), (ii) around the edge of the tube open end, and (iii) through a defect opening on the tube wall. These three encapsulation mechanisms are undertaken for each of the three specific carbon nanotubes (10,10), (16,16), and (20,20). We assume that all configurations are in vacuum and the C60 fullerene is initially at rest. Double integrals are performed to determine the energy of the system and analytical expressions are obtained in terms of hypergeometric functions. Our results suggest that the C60 fullerene is most likely to be encapsulated by head-on through the open tube end and that encapsulation around the tube edge is least likely to occur because of the large van der Waals energy barriers which exist at the tube ends.

  4. Adsorption and self-assembly of fullerenes on Si(111)√{ 3 } ×√{ 3 }-Ag: C60 versus C70

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    Olyanich, D. A.; Mararov, V. V.; Utas, T. V.; Zotov, A. V.; Saranin, A. A.

    2016-11-01

    Behavior of C60 and C70 fullerenes adsorbed onto Si(111)√{ 3 } ×√{ 3 }-Ag is compared on the basis of STM observations. Such characteristics as sticking coefficient, migration rate, attachment/detachment rate from the molecular islands are considered. Room-temperature sticking coefficient for C70 is slightly greater than that for C60. Due to their non-spherical shape, C70 are less mobile than spherical C60. For both types of fullerenes, mobility of molecules on the fullerene layer is significantly retarded as compared to that on bare Si(111)√{ 3 } ×√{ 3 }-Ag surface. Self-assembly of C60 obeys layer-by-layer growth mode, while C70 follows multi-layer mode, a sign of a greater Ehrlich-Schwoebel barrier. Alternating deposition of C60 and C70 paves the way to fabricate planar C60/C70 heterostructures with the most promising results being obtained with nanostructured islands grown on C60 monomolecular layer.

  5. Structural and optical properties of highly hydroxylated fullerenes: stability of molecular domains on the C60 surface.

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    Guirado-López, R A; Rincón, M E

    2006-10-21

    The excitation spectra and the structural properties of highly hydroxylated C(60)(OH)(x) fullerenes (so-called fullerenols) are analyzed by comparing optical absorption experiments on dilute fullerenol-water solutions with semiempirical and density functional theory electronic structure calculations. The optical spectrum of fullerenol molecules with 24-28 OH attached to the carbon surface is characterized by the existence of broad bands with reduced intensities near the ultraviolet region (below approximately 500 nm) together with a complete absence of optical transitions in the visible part of the spectra, contrasting with the intense absorption observed in C(60) solutions. Our theoretical calculations of the absorption spectra, performed within the framework of the semiempirical Zerner intermediate neglect of diatomic differential overlap method [Reviews in Computational Chemistry II, edited by K. B. Lipkowitz and D. B. Boyd (VCH, Weinheim, 1991), Chap. 8, pp. 313-316] for various gas-phase-like C(60)(OH)(26) isomers, reveal that the excitation spectra of fullerenol molecules strongly depend on the degree of surface functionalization, the precise distribution of the OH groups on the carbon structure, and the presence of impurities in the samples. Interestingly, we have surprisingly found that low energy atomic configurations are obtained when the OH groups segregate on the C(60) surface forming molecular domains of different sizes. This patchy behavior for the hydroxyl molecules on the carbon surface leads in general to the formation of fullerene compounds with closed electronic shells, large highest occupied molecular orbital-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital energy gaps, and existence of an excitation spectrum that accounts for the main qualitative features observed in the experimental data.

  6. One-step synthesis of fullerene hydride C(60)H2 via hydrolysis of acylated fullerenes.

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    Tzirakis, Manolis D; Alberti, Mariza N; Nye, Leanne C; Drewello, Thomas; Orfanopoulos, Michael

    2009-08-07

    The hitherto unexplored class of acylated fullerene compounds has been shown to be excellent C(60)H2 precursors. Upon a simple treatment with basic Al2O3, they are hydrolyzed quantitatively into C(60)H2. This key feature led to the development of a new, straightforward protocol for the selective synthesis of the simplest [60]fullerene hydride, C(60)H2. This protocol may offer an advantageous alternative to previously known methods for the synthesis of C(60)H2 allowing for a rapid access to C(60)H2 in good yield and high purity without tedious separating processes.

  7. On structural features of fullerene C60 dissolved in carbon disulfide: Complementary study by small-angle neutron scattering and molecular dynamic simulations

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    Avdeev, M. V.; Tropin, T. V.; Bodnarchuk, I. A.; Yaradaikin, S. P.; Rosta, L.; Aksenov, V. L.; Bulavin, L. A.

    2010-04-01

    The parameters of fullerene C60 dissolved in carbon disulfide CS2 are analyzed by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) in a wide interval of momentum transfer. To exclude the influence of nonequilibrium conditions, the solutions are prepared without applying shaking, stirring or ultrasound. No indication of the equilibrium cluster state of C60 (with the cluster size below 60 nm) in the final solutions is revealed. Molecular dynamic simulations are complementary used to find out the partial volume of C60 in CS2 and the scattering contribution of the solvent organization at the interface with the fullerene molecule, which is shown to be small. Among several approaches for describing SANS data the preference is given to the model, which takes into account the presence of stable C60 dimers (comprising 10% of the total particle number density) in the solution.

  8. Effect of K doping on CuPc: C60 heterojunctions

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    Cheng, Chiu-Ping; Chen, Wen-Yen; Wei, Ching-Hsuan; Pi, Tun-Wen

    2011-12-01

    Here, the electronic properties of K-doped copper phthalocyanine (CuPc): C60 heterojunctions are studied via synchrotron-radiation photoemission. The K-doped heterointerfaces were obtained by means of C60 on K1.5CuPc and CuPc on K3C60. The photoelectron spectra show that the potassium prefers to combine with C60. At the C60/K1.5CuPc interface, the K diffuses and transfers negative charge into the C60 overlayer, while no strong chemical reaction could be found at the CuPc/K3C60 interface. A significant shift of the vacuum level was observed in both cases, which was caused by the charge transfer for the C60/K1.5CuPc and by the induced density of interface states (IDIS) dipole for the CuPc/K3C60. The energy level diagrams show that using C60 adsorption on a K-doped CuPc film is good for the improvement of photovoltaic devices. However, the inverse process, that of CuPc on a K-doped C60, is unfavorable for the photovoltaic effect.

  9. Oxidative stress-mediated hemolytic activity of solvent exchange-prepared fullerene (C60) nanoparticles

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    Trpkovic, Andreja; Todorovic-Markovic, Biljana; Kleut, Duska; Misirkic, Maja; Janjetovic, Kristina; Vucicevic, Ljubica; Pantovic, Aleksandar; Jovanovic, Svetlana; Dramicanin, Miroslav; Markovic, Zoran; Trajkovic, Vladimir

    2010-09-01

    The present study investigated the hemolytic properties of fullerene (C60) nanoparticles prepared by solvent exchange using tetrahydrofuran (nC60THF), or by mechanochemically assisted complexation with macrocyclic oligosaccharide gamma-cyclodextrin (nC60CDX) or the copolymer ethylene vinyl acetate-ethylene vinyl versatate (nC60EVA-EVV). The spectrophotometrical analysis of hemoglobin release revealed that only nC60THF, but not nC60CDX or nC60EVA-EVV, was able to cause lysis of human erythrocytes in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Atomic force microscopy revealed that nC60THF-mediated hemolysis was preceded by erythrocyte shrinkage and increase in cell surface roughness. A flow cytometric analysis confirmed a decrease in erythrocyte size and demonstrated a significant increase in reactive oxygen species production in red blood cells exposed to nC60THF. The nC60THF-triggered hemolytic activity was efficiently reduced by the antioxidants N-acetylcysteine and butylated hydroxyanisole, as well as by serum albumin, the most abundant protein in human blood plasma. These data indicate that nC60THF can cause serum albumin-preventable hemolysis through oxidative stress-mediated damage of the erythrocyte membrane.

  10. Synthesis and structural analysis of C60-C70 two-component fullerene nanowhiskers

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    Konno, Toshio; Wakahara, Takatsugu; Miyazawa, Kun'ichi

    2015-04-01

    C60-C70 two-component fullerene nanowhiskers (C60-C70NWs) were synthesized by liquid-liquid interfacial precipitation (LLIP) using various ratios of C70 to C60 and then analyzed using a focused ion beam processing apparatus (FIB-SEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Both C60 and C70 were saturated in the supernatant solutions with fullerene compositions in the mother solutions ranging from 12.4 mass% C70 to 73.4 mass% C70. C60-C70NWs contained a small amount of rhombohedral phase, indicating polymerization of C60. The solid solubility limit of C70 in the C60 matrix was found to be 13.7 mass%. In addition to fine C60-C70NWs, thick C60-C70 needle-like crystals were formed. The thick C60-C70 needle-like crystals were fractured using a molybdenum probe in the FIB. The fractured surfaces of the C60-C70 needle-like crystals showed modulated structures with chemical compositions characteristic of spinodal decomposition. The activation energy of diffusion was determined to be 37.1 kJ/mol.

  11. On observing C60+ and C602+ in laboratory and space

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    Strelnikov, D.; Kern, B.; Kappes, M. M.

    2015-12-01

    Recently, we have measured the IR absorptions of C60+, C60-, and C602+ in neon matrixes. Many previously unknown absorptions were established. Here we compare our laboratory IR absorption spectra for C60+ and C602+ to the IR emission spectra of several astronomical objects that show C60 emission. We find that IR bands of C60+ are possibly present in the objects Tc1, SMP SMC 16, NGC 7023, NGC 2244, and SMP LMC 02. Infrared emission features possibly due to C602+ were identified in NGC 7023. To help with future observations of fullerene-related DIBs, we also revisited the oscillator strengths of the NIR absorptions of C60+, and report significantly revised values. Additionally, we report the UV oscillator strengths of C60+.

  12. Energy level alignment between C 60 and Al using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Seo, J. H.; Kang, S. J.; Kim, C. Y.; Cho, S. W.; Yoo, K.-H.; Whang, C. N.

    2006-09-01

    The energy level alignment between C 60 and Al has been investigated by using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. To obtain the interfacial electronic structure between C 60 and Al, C 60 was deposited on a clean Al substrate in a stepwise manner. The valence-band spectra were measured immediately after each step of C 60 deposition without breaking the vacuum. The measured onset of the highest occupied molecular orbital energy level was located at 1.59 eV from the Fermi level of Al. The vacuum level was shifted 0.68 eV toward lower binding energy with additional C 60 layers. The observed vacuum level shift means that the interface dipole exists at the interface between C 60 and Al. The barrier height of electron injection from Al to C 60 is 0.11 eV, which is smaller value than that of hole injection.

  13. Effects of exchange-correlation potentials on the density-functional description of C60 versus C240 photoionization

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    Choi, Jinwoo; Chang, EonHo; Anstine, Dylan M.; Madjet, Mohamed El-Amine; Chakraborty, Himadri S.

    2017-02-01

    We study the photoionization properties of the C60 versus C240 molecule in a spherical jellium frame of the density-functional method. Two prototypical approximations of the exchange-correlation (xc) functional are used: (i) the Gunnarsson-Lundqvist parametrization [Gunnarsson and Lundqvist, Phys. Rev. B 13, 4274 (1976), 10.1103/PhysRevB.13.4274] with a correction for the electron self-interaction (SIC) introduced artificially from the outset and (ii) a gradient-dependent augmentation of approximation (i) using the van Leeuwen and Baerends model potential [van Leeuwen and Baerends, Phys. Rev. A 49, 2421 (1994), 10.1103/PhysRevA.49.2421], in lieu of SIC, that restores electrons' asymptotic properties intrinsically within the formalism. Ground-state results from the two schemes for both molecules show differences in the shapes of mean-field potentials and bound-level properties. The choice of an xc scheme also significantly alters the dipole single-photoionization cross sections obtained by an ab initio method that incorporates linear-response dynamical correlations. Differences in the structures and ionization responses between C60 and C240 uncover the effect of molecular size on the underlying physics. Analysis indicates that the collective plasmon resonances with the gradient-based xc option produce results noticeably closer to the experimental data available for C60.

  14. Photochemical properties of C 60. Triplet-excited C 60 quenching by electron acceptors TCNQ and TCNE in solution. Laser photolysis study

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    Nadtochenko, Victor A.; Denisov, Nikolai N.; Rubtsov, Igor V.; Lobach, Anatolii S.; Moravskii, Alexander P.

    1993-06-01

    The quenching of triplet-excited 3C 60 by electron acceptors TCNQ and TCNE has been established in nonpolar toluene and moderately polar benzonitrile solutions. The quenching constants kq are 5.5 × 10 9 in toluene, 2.2 × 10 9 in benzonitrile for TCNQ and 7.9 × 10 5 in toluene, 4.2 × 10 8 (M s) -1 in benzonitrile for TCNE. The 3C 60 quenching can be explained by triplet exciplex formation. The time-resolved spectra of the C 60/TCNE system exhibit a well pronounced charge-transfer excited state [C δ60 … TCNE δ-] in benzonitrile.

  15. C60 fullerene localization and membrane interactions in RAW 264.7 immortalized mouse macrophages

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    Russ, K. A.; Elvati, P.; Parsonage, T. L.; Dews, A.; Jarvis, J. A.; Ray, M.; Schneider, B.; Smith, P. J. S.; Williamson, P. T. F.; Violi, A.; Philbert, M. A.

    2016-02-01

    There continues to be a significant increase in the number and complexity of hydrophobic nanomaterials that are engineered for a variety of commercial purposes making human exposure a significant health concern. This study uses a combination of biophysical, biochemical and computational methods to probe potential mechanisms for uptake of C60 nanoparticles into various compartments of living immune cells. Cultures of RAW 264.7 immortalized murine macrophage were used as a canonical model of immune-competent cells that are likely to provide the first line of defense following inhalation. Modes of entry studied were endocytosis/pinocytosis and passive permeation of cellular membranes. The evidence suggests marginal uptake of C60 clusters is achieved through endocytosis/pinocytosis, and that passive diffusion into membranes provides a significant source of biologically-available nanomaterial. Computational modeling of both a single molecule and a small cluster of fullerenes predicts that low concentrations of fullerenes enter the membrane individually and produce limited perturbation; however, at higher concentrations the clusters in the membrane causes deformation of the membrane. These findings are bolstered by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) of model membranes that reveal deformation of the cell membrane upon exposure to high concentrations of fullerenes. The atomistic and NMR models fail to explain escape of the particle out of biological membranes, but are limited to idealized systems that do not completely recapitulate the complexity of cell membranes. The surprising contribution of passive modes of cellular entry provides new avenues for toxicological research that go beyond the pharmacological inhibition of bulk transport systems such as pinocytosis.There continues to be a significant increase in the number and complexity of hydrophobic nanomaterials that are engineered for a variety of commercial purposes making human exposure a significant health concern

  16. Synthesis, crystal structure and photoconductivity of the first [60]fullerene complex with metal diethyldithiocarbamate: {CuII(dedtc)2}2.C60.

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    Konarev, Dmitri V; Kovalevsky, Andrey Y; Lopatin, Dmitri V; Umrikhin, Alexey V; Yudanova, Evgeniya I; Coppens, Philip; Lyubovskaya, Rimma N; Saito, Gunzi

    2005-05-21

    The first molecular complex of fullerene C60 with metal dithiocarbamate, namely, {CuII(dedtc)2}2.C60(dedtc: diethyldithiocarbamate) (1) was obtained as single crystals. Butterfly-shaped CuII(dedtc)2 molecules efficiently co-crystallized with spherical fullerene molecules to form a layered structure, in which closely packed hexagonal C60 layers alternate with the layers composed of CuII(dedtc)2 dimers. The formation of the complex with C60 changes geometry and the EPR spectrum of starting CuII(dedtc)2. Magnetic susceptibility of 1 follows the Curie-Weiss law in the 300-1.9 K range with the negative Weiss constant of -2.5 K showing a weak antiferromagnetic interaction between CuII centers in the dimers. The crystals of 1 have low dark conductivity of 10(-11) S cm-1, which is consistent with a neutral ground state of the complex. Illumination of the crystals by white light increases the photocurrent by 20-50 times. The photoconductivity spectrum of 1 has a maximum at 470 nm showing that both intermolecular charge transfer between neighboring C60 molecules and photoexcitation of CuII(dedtc)2 can contribute to photogeneration of free charge carriers. The effect of a weak magnetic field with Bo<0.5 T on the photoconductivity of 1 has been found.

  17. C60 fullerene localization and membrane interactions in RAW 264.7 immortalized mouse macrophages.

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    Russ, K A; Elvati, P; Parsonage, T L; Dews, A; Jarvis, J A; Ray, M; Schneider, B; Smith, P J S; Williamson, P T F; Violi, A; Philbert, M A

    2016-02-21

    There continues to be a significant increase in the number and complexity of hydrophobic nanomaterials that are engineered for a variety of commercial purposes making human exposure a significant health concern. This study uses a combination of biophysical, biochemical and computational methods to probe potential mechanisms for uptake of C60 nanoparticles into various compartments of living immune cells. Cultures of RAW 264.7 immortalized murine macrophage were used as a canonical model of immune-competent cells that are likely to provide the first line of defense following inhalation. Modes of entry studied were endocytosis/pinocytosis and passive permeation of cellular membranes. The evidence suggests marginal uptake of C60 clusters is achieved through endocytosis/pinocytosis, and that passive diffusion into membranes provides a significant source of biologically-available nanomaterial. Computational modeling of both a single molecule and a small cluster of fullerenes predicts that low concentrations of fullerenes enter the membrane individually and produce limited perturbation; however, at higher concentrations the clusters in the membrane causes deformation of the membrane. These findings are bolstered by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) of model membranes that reveal deformation of the cell membrane upon exposure to high concentrations of fullerenes. The atomistic and NMR models fail to explain escape of the particle out of biological membranes, but are limited to idealized systems that do not completely recapitulate the complexity of cell membranes. The surprising contribution of passive modes of cellular entry provides new avenues for toxicological research that go beyond the pharmacological inhibition of bulk transport systems such as pinocytosis.

  18. C60 Fullerene Localization and Membrane Interactions in RAW 264.7 Immortalized Mouse Macrophages

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    Russ, K. A.; Elvati, P.; Parsonage, T. L.; Dews, A.; Jarvis, J. A.; Ray, M.; Schneider, B.; Smith, P. J. S.; Williamson, P. T. F.; Violi, A.; Philbert, M. A.

    2016-01-01

    There continues to be a significant increase in the number and complexity of hydrophobic nanomaterials that are engineered for a variety of commercial purposes making human exposure a significant health concern. This study uses a combination of biophysical, biochemical and computational methods to probe potential mechanisms for uptake of C60 nanoparticles into various compartments of living immune cells. Cultures of RAW 264.7 immortalized murine macrophage were used as a canonical model of immune-competent cells that are likely to provide the first line of defense following inhalation. Modes of entry studied were endocytosis/pinocytosis and passive permeation of cellular membranes. The evidence suggests marginal uptake of C60 clusters is achieved through endocytosis/pinocytosis, and that passive diffusion into membranes provides a significant source of biologically-available nanomaterial. Computational modeling of both a single molecule and a small cluster of fullerenes predicts that low concentrations of fullerenes enter the membrane individually and produce limited perturbation; however, at higher concentrations the clusters in the membrane causes deformation of the membrane. These findings are bolstered by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) of model membranes that reveal deformation of the cell membrane upon exposure to high concentrations of fullerenes. The atomistic and NMR models fail to explain escape of the particle out of biological membranes, but are limited to idealized systems that do not completely recapitulate the complexity of cell membranes. The surprising contribution of passive modes of cellular entry provides new avenues for toxicological research that go beyond the pharmacological inhibition of bulk transport systems such as pinocytosis. PMID:26866469

  19. Dispersion of C(60) in natural water and removal by conventional drinking water treatment processes.

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    Hyung, Hoon; Kim, Jae-Hong

    2009-05-01

    The first objective of this study is to examine the fate of C(60) under two disposal scenarios through which pristine C(60) is introduced to water containing natural organic matter (NOM). A method based on liquid-liquid extraction and HPLC to quantify nC(60) in water containing NOM was also developed. When pristine C(60) was added to water either in the form of dry C(60) or in organic solvent, it formed water stable aggregates with characteristics similar to nC(60) prepared by other methods reported in the literature. The second objective of this study is to examine the fate of the nC(60) in water treatment processes, which are the first line of defense against ingestion from potable water -- a potential route for direct human consumption. Results obtained from jar tests suggested that these colloidal aggregates of C(60) were efficiently removed by a series of alum coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation and filtration processes, while the efficiency of removal dependent on various parameters such as pH, alkalinity, NOM contents and coagulant dosage. Colloidal aggregates of functionalized C(60) could be well removed by the conventional water treatment processes but with lesser efficiency compared to those made of pristine C(60).

  20. The spin chemistry and magnetic resonance of H2@C60. From the Pauli principle to trapping a long lived nuclear excited spin state inside a buckyball.

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    Turro, Nicholas J; Chen, Judy Y-C; Sartori, Elena; Ruzzi, Marco; Marti, Angel; Lawler, Ronald; Jockusch, Steffen; López-Gejo, Juan; Komatsu, Koichi; Murata, Yasujiro

    2010-02-16

    One of the early triumphs of quantum mechanics was Heisenberg's prediction, based on the Pauli principle and wave function symmetry arguments, that the simplest molecule, H(2), should exist as two distinct species-allotropes of elemental hydrogen. One allotrope, termed para-H(2) (pH(2)), was predicted to be a lower energy species that could be visualized as rotating like a sphere and possessing antiparallel ( upward arrow downward arrow) nuclear spins; the other allotrope, termed ortho-H(2) (oH(2)), was predicted to be a higher energy state that could be visualized as rotating like a cartwheel and possessing parallel ( upward arrow upward arrow) nuclear spins. This remarkable prediction was confirmed by the early 1930s, and pH(2) and oH(2) were not only separated and characterized but were also found to be stable almost indefinitely in the absence of paramagnetic "spin catalysts", such as molecular oxygen, or traces of paramagnetic impurities, such as metal ions. The two allotropes of elemental hydrogen, pH(2) and oH(2), may be quantitatively incarcerated in C(60) to form endofullerene guest@host complexes, symbolized as pH(2)@C(60) and oH(2)@C(60), respectively. How does the subtle difference in nuclear spin manifest itself when hydrogen allotropes are incarcerated in a buckyball? Can the incarcerated "guests" communicate with the outside world and vice versa? Can a paramagnetic spin catalyst in the outside world cause the interconversion of the allotropes and thereby effect a chemical transformation inside a buckyball? How close are the measurable properties of H(2)@C(60) to those computed for the "quantum particle in a spherical box"? Are there any potential practical applications of this fascinating marriage of the simplest molecule, H(2), with one of the most beautiful of all molecules, C(60)? How can one address such questions theoretically and experimentally? A goal of our studies is to produce an understanding of how the H(2) guest molecules incarcerated in

  1. Formation of a new adduct based on fullerene tris-malonate samarium salt C60-[C60(=C(COO)2)3]Sm2

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    Petrov, A. A.; Keskinov, V. A.; Semenov, K. N.; Charykov, N. A.; Letenko, D. G.; Nikitin, V. A.

    2017-03-01

    Gram quantities of a new adduct based on light fullerene tris-malonate samarium salt C60 [C60(=C(COO)2)3]Sm2 are obtained via the reaction of ion exchange. The obtained adduct is studied by means of electron and infrared spectroscopy, X-ray and elemental analysis, electron microscopy, and thermogravimetry. The polythermal solubility of [C60(=C(COO)2)3]Sm2 in water is determined in ampoules via saturation within 20-70°C. The composition of crystalline hydrate [C60(=C(COO)2)3]Sm2 · 36H2O, which exists in equilibrium with the saturated solution, is estimated.

  2. Distribution and Biomarker of Carbon-14 Labeled Fullerene C60 ([14C(U)]C60) in Pregnant and Lactating Rats and their Offspring after Maternal Intravenous Exposure

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    Snyder, Rodney W.; Fennell, Timothy R.; Wingard, Christopher J.; Mortensen, Ninell P.; Holland, Nathan A.; Shannahan, Jonathan H.; Pathmasiri, Wimal; Lewin, Anita H.; Sumner, Susan C. J.

    2015-01-01

    A comprehensive distribution study was conducted in pregnant and lactating rats exposed to a suspension of uniformly carbon-14 labeled C60 ([14C(U)]C60). Rats were administered [14C(U)]C60 (~0.2 mg [14C(U)]C60/kg body weight) or 5% polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-saline vehicle via a single tail vein injection. Pregnant rats were injected on gestation day (GD) 11 (terminated with fetuses after either 24h or 8d), GD15 (terminated after 24h or 4d), or GD18 (terminated after 24h). Lactating rats were injected on postnatal day 8 and terminated after 24h, 3d or 11d. The distribution of radioactivity in pregnant dams was influenced by both the state of pregnancy and time of termination after exposure. The percentage of recovered radioactivity in pregnant and lactating rats was highest in liver and lungs. Radioactivity was quantitated in over 20 tissues. Radioactivity was found in placenta and in fetuses of pregnant dams, and in the milk of lactating rats and in pups. Elimination of radioactivity was <2% in urine and feces at each time point. Radioactivity remained in blood circulation up to 11 days after [14C(U)]C60 exposure. Biomarkers of inflammation, cardiovascular injury and oxidative stress were measured to study the biological impacts of [14C(U)]C60 exposure. Oxidative stress were elevated in female pups of exposed dams. Metabolomics analysis of urine showed that [14C(U)]C60 exposure to pregnant rats impacted the pathways of vitamin B, regulation of lipid and sugar metabolism and aminoacyl-tRNA biosynthesis. This study demonstrated that [14C(U)]C60 crosses the placenta at all stages of pregnancy examined, and is transferred to pups via milk. PMID:26081520

  3. Distribution and biomarker of carbon-14 labeled fullerene C60 ([(14) C(U)]C60 ) in pregnant and lactating rats and their offspring after maternal intravenous exposure.

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    Snyder, Rodney W; Fennell, Timothy R; Wingard, Christopher J; Mortensen, Ninell P; Holland, Nathan A; Shannahan, Jonathan H; Pathmasiri, Wimal; Lewin, Anita H; Sumner, Susan C J

    2015-12-01

    A comprehensive distribution study was conducted in pregnant and lactating rats exposed to a suspension of uniformly carbon-14 labeled C60 ([(14) C(U)]C60 ). Rats were administered [(14) C(U)]C60 (~0.2 mg [(14) C(U)]C60 kg(-1) body weight) or 5% polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-saline vehicle via a single tail vein injection. Pregnant rats were injected on gestation day (GD) 11 (terminated with fetuses after either 24 h or 8 days), GD15 (terminated after 24 h or 4 days), or GD18 (terminated after 24 h). Lactating rats were injected on postnatal day 8 and terminated after 24 h, 3 or 11 days. The distribution of radioactivity in pregnant dams was influenced by both the state of pregnancy and time of termination after exposure. The percentage of recovered radioactivity in pregnant and lactating rats was highest in the liver and lungs. Radioactivity was quantitated in over 20 tissues. Radioactivity was found in the placenta and in fetuses of pregnant dams, and in the milk of lactating rats and in pups. Elimination of radioactivity was < 2% in urine and feces at each time point. Radioactivity remained in blood circulation up to 11 days after [(14) C(U)]C60 exposure. Biomarkers of inflammation, cardiovascular injury and oxidative stress were measured to study the biological impacts of [(14) C(U)]C60 exposure. Oxidative stress was elevated in female pups of exposed dams. Metabolomics analysis of urine showed that [(14) C(U)]C60 exposure to pregnant rats impacted the pathways of vitamin B, regulation of lipid and sugar metabolism and aminoacyl-tRNA biosynthesis. This study demonstrated that [(14) C(U)]C60 crosses the placenta at all stages of pregnancy examined, and is transferred to pups via milk.

  4. Sputtering of octatetraene by 15 keV C60 projectiles: Comparison of reactive interatomic potentials

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    Kanski, Michal; Maciazek, Dawid; Golunski, Mikolaj; Postawa, Zbigniew

    2017-02-01

    Molecular dynamics computer simulations have been used to probe the effect of the AIREBO, ReaxFF and COMB3 interatomic potentials on sputtering of an organic sample composed of octatetraene molecules. The system is bombarded by a 15 keV C60 projectile at normal incidence. The effect of the applied force fields on the total time of simulation, the calculated sputtering yield and the angular distribution of sputtered particles is investigated and discussed. It has been found that caution should be taken when simulating particles ejection from nonhomogeneous systems that undergo significant fragmentation described by the ReaxFF. In this case, the charge state of many particles is improper due to an inadequacy of a procedure used for calculating partial charges on atoms in molecules for conditions present during sputtering. A two-step simulation procedure is proposed to minimize the effect of this deficiency. There is also a possible problem with the COMB3 potential, at least at conditions present during cluster impact, as its results are very different from AIREBO or ReaxFF.

  5. 13C-NMR in Iodine and Potassium Intercalated C60 Solid

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    Maniwa, Yutaka; Shibata, Takayuki; Mizoguchi, Kenji; Kume, Kiyoshi; Kikuchi, Koichi; Ikemoto, Isao; Suzuki, Shinzo; Achiba, Yoji

    1992-07-01

    Iodine intercalated C60, I2.29C60, was studied by 13C NMR above 160 K. A sharp NMR signal and a strong temperature-dependent spin-lattice relaxation time, T1, indicated a presence of C60 molecular rotation much higher than 10 kHz at least down to 160 K. No evidence of metallic characteristics was found in the NMR shift (143± 1 ppm) and the T1 (40± 5 sec at room temperature). In K3C60, metallic behavior, T1T˜constant, was observed at the carbon sites between 20 K and 100 K. Electronic density of states at the Fermi level, N(EF), in I2.29C60 was estimated to be smaller than 0.12 of that in K3C60, assuming a relationship between N(EF) and T1T for normal metals.

  6. Uncontrolled variability in the extinction spectra of C60 nanoparticle suspensions.

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    Chang, Xiaojun; Vikesland, Peter J

    2013-08-06

    To properly investigate the environmental transport, fate, and impact of fullerene C60 nanoparticles (nC60), it is necessary to reproducibly obtain nC60 suspensions and to accurately determine their concentration ([C60]). The results in the present study, however, clearly illustrate that the production of nC60 via extended mixing and via sonication are highly stochastic top-down processes subject to widely divergent end points. nC60 suspensions exhibit variable characteristics (e.g., [C60], average particle size, size distribution, etc.) that make it challenging, if not impossible, to acquire reproducible UV-vis extinction spectra. The mass extinction coefficient, which is the absorptivity of a suspension with [C60] = 1 mM obtained by normalizing UV-vis spectra by the mass concentration of C60 in the suspension, decreases with a given suspension's hydrodynamic diameter, whereas the particle extinction coefficient, which is the absorptivity of a suspension containing one mole of nC60 nanoparticles with the same size distribution as the target suspension and calculated based upon the suspension nanoparticle size distribution, increases with its number weighted average diameter. Other spectroscopic properties of nC60 (e.g., absorbance bandwidth, position of absorption maximum, and relative extinction intensity) also change with average particle size. As a result of the extant variability between samples, when UV-vis spectra are employed to calculate or represent [C60] for fullerene nanoparticle suspensions, extreme care must be taken and other colloidal properties of this suspension must be measured to obtain an accurate result.

  7. Study of the interaction of C60 fullerene with human serum albumin in aqueous solution

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    Li, Song; Zhao, Xiongce; Mo, Yiming; Cummings, Peter T; Heller, William T

    2013-01-01

    Concern about the toxicity of engineered nanoparticles, such as the prototypical nanomaterial C60 fullerene, continues to grow. While evidence continues to mount that C60 and its derivatives may pose health hazards, the specific molecular interactions of these particles with biological macromolecules require further investigation. To better understand the interaction of C60 with proteins, the protein human serum albumin (HSA) was studied in solution with C60 at C60:HSA molar ratios ranging from 1:2 to 4:1. HSA is the major protein component of blood plasma and plays a role in a variety of functions, such as the maintenance of blood pH and pressure. The C60-HSA interaction was probed by a combination of circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to understand C60-driven changes in the structure of HSA in solution. The CD spectroscopy demonstrates that the secondary structure of the protein decreases in -helical content in response to the presence of C60. Similarly, C60 produces subtle changes in the solution conformation of HSA, as evidenced by the SANS data and MD. The data do not indicate that C60 is causing a change in the oligomerization state of the protein. Taken together results demonstrate that C60 interacts with HSA, but it does not strongly perturb the structure of the protein by unfolding it or inducing aggregation, suggesting a mechanism for transporting C60 throughout the body to accumulate in various tissues.

  8. Hybridization-Induced Carrier Localization at the C60/ZnO Interface

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    Kelly, Leah L.; Racke, David A.; Kim, Hyungchul; Ndione, Paul; Sigdel, Ajaya K.; Berry, Joseph J.; Graham, Samuel; Nordlund, Dennis; Monti, Oliver L. A.

    2016-05-25

    Electronic coupling and ground-state charge transfer at the C60/ZnO hybrid interface is shown to localize carriers in the C60 phase. This effect, revealed by resonant X-ray photoemission, arises from interfacial hybridization between C60 and ZnO. Such localization at carrier-selective electrodes and interlayers may lead to severely reduced carrier harvesting efficiencies and increased recombination rates in organic electronic devices.

  9. Characterizing photochemical transformation of aqueous nC60 under environmentally relevant conditions.

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    Hwang, Yu Sik; Li, Qilin

    2010-04-15

    Engineered nanomaterials may undergo transformation upon interactions with various environmental factors. In this study, photochemical transformation of aqueous nC60 was investigated under UVA irradiation. nC60 underwent photochemical transformation in the presence of dissolved O2, resulting in surface oxygenation and hydroxylation as demonstrated by XPS and ATR-FTIR analyses. The reaction followed a pseudo-first order rate law with the apparent reaction rate constant of 2.2 x 10(-2) h(-1). However, the core of the nanoparticles remained intact over 21 days of irradiation. Although no mineralization or dissolution of nC60 was observed, experiments using fullerol as a reference fullerene derivative suggested likely dissolution and partial mineralization of nC60 under long-term UVA exposure. Aquatic humic acid reduced nC60 transformation kinetics presumably due to scavenging of reactive oxygen species. Results from this study imply that photochemical transformation is an important factor controlling nC60 physical and chemical properties as well as its fate and transport in the natural aqueous environment. In addition, changes in nC60 surface chemistry drastically reduced C60 extraction efficiency by toluene, suggesting that the existing analytical method for C60 may not be applicable to environmental samples.

  10. Escherichia coli Inactivation by UVC-Irradiated C60: kinetics and mechanisms.

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    Cho, Min; Snow, Samuel D; Hughes, Joseph B; Kim, Jae-Hong

    2011-11-15

    Motivated by recent studies that documented changes in fullerene toxicity after chemical transformation, C(60) aggregates (nC(60)) were subject to UVC irradiation at monochromatic 254 nm and subsequently evaluated for antibacterial and bactericidal properties against Escherichia coli. The nC(60) treated with UVC irradiation, referred to herein as UVC-irradiated C(60), did not directly inhibit bacterial growth at concentrations up to 20 mg/L. In the presence of UVA and visible light, however, UVC-irradiated C(60) rapidly inactivated E. coli, suggesting that photochemical production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was involved. The use of ROS scavengers and probes determined that hydroxyl radicals were the primary ROS responsible for the E. coli inactivation. Results from protein release, lipid peroxidation, cell permeability, and intracellular enzyme assays suggest that the inactivation mechanism involves UVC-irradiated C(60) diffusing through E. coli cell membrane and producing hydroxyl radicals within the cell. Further study on water-soluble C(60) derivatives and possible transformative processes is, therefore, recommended based on the environmental implications of results presented herein that nC(60) exposed to UVC irradiation is more toxic than parent nC(60).

  11. C60(Nd) nanoparticles enhance chemotherapeutic susceptibility of cancer cells by modulation of autophagy

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    Wei, Pengfei; Zhang, Li; Lu, Yang; Man, Na; Wen, Longping

    2010-12-01

    Autophagy, an evolutionally conserved intracellular process degrading cytoplasmic proteins and organelles for recycling, has become one of the most remarkable strategies applied in cancer research. The fullerene C60 nanoparticle (nC60) has been shown to induce autophagy and sensitize chemotherapeutic killing of cancer cells, but the details still remain unknown. Here we show that a water-dispersed nanoparticle solution of derivatized fullerene C60, C60(Nd) nanoparticles (nC60(Nd)), has greater potential in inducing autophagy and sensitizing chemotherapeutic killing of both normal and drug-resistant cancer cells than nC60 does in an autophagy-dependent fashion. Additionally we further demonstrated that autophagy induced by nC60/C60(Nd) and Rapamycin had completely different roles in cancer chemotherapy. Our results, for the first time, revealed a novel and more potent derivative of the C60 nanoparticle in enhancing the cytotoxicity of chemotherapeutic agents and reducing drug resistance through autophagy modulation, which may ultimately lead to novel therapeutic strategies in cancer therapy.

  12. Electronic structure and static dipole polarizability of C60@C240

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    Zope, Rajendra R.

    2008-04-01

    The electronic structure of C60@C240 and its first-order response to a static electric field is studied by an all-electron density functional theory calculation using large polarized Gaussian basis sets. Our results show that the outer C240 shell almost completely shields the inner C60 as inferred from the practically identical values of dipole polarizability of the C60@C240 onion (449 Å3) and that of the isolated C240 fullerene (441 Å3). The C60@C240 is thus a near-perfect Faraday cage.

  13. Mechanical and optical characteristics of Al-doped C 60 films

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    Nishinaga, Jiro; Aihara, Tomoyuki; Yamagata, Hiroshi; Horikoshi, Yoshiji

    2005-05-01

    Al-doped C 60 films are grown on GaAs and quartz glass substrates by solid source molecular beam epitaxy. Mechanical and optical properties of the films are investigated by Vickers hardness test, absorption and reflectance spectra, and photoluminescence measurements. Vickers hardness of 250 HV is confirmed for the Al-doped C 60 films with the molecular ratio of Al to C 60 of 30, and the Al-doped C 60 films are found to be undissolved in organic solvents. The absorption spectra of pure C 60 films show some peaks caused by the electron transition among the C 60 molecular orbitals. These absorption peaks become less pronounced in Al-doped C 60 films, probably due to Al incorporation in C 60 matrix. In addition, new photoluminescence peaks appear around 1.75, 1.85 and 1.95 eV. The energy of 1.95 eV coincides well with the energy difference between HOMO and LUMO states. These results suggest that the parity forbidden transition is relieved by the molecular distortion due to the Al-C 60 bonding.

  14. Insights into enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity of C60 modified g-C3N4 hybrids: the role of nitrogen.

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    Li, Quan; Xu, Liang; Luo, Kai-Wu; Huang, Wei-Qing; Wang, Ling-Ling; Li, Xiao-Fei; Huang, Gui-Fang; Yu, Ya-Bin

    2016-12-07

    Recent experiments have shown that the photocatalytic activity of g-C3N4 can be greatly enhanced by C60 modification, however, a fundamental understanding of its mechanistic operation is still lacking. Using first-principles calculations, the interfacial effects of C60/g-C3N4 nanocomposites on the electronic properties, charge transfer and optical response have been explored in detail. For different stacking patterns, the two constituents are always linked by van der Waals (vdW) forces without any exception, and form type-II heterojunctions in most cases. The valence band maximum and conduction band minimum of these heterostructures are dominated by the unsaturated nitrogen (N2) atoms and C60 molecule, respectively, which strongly interact with each other, resulting in strong charge transfer between the two involved constituents and an obvious bending of the g-C3N4 sheets. The unsaturated N2 atoms included in the interfaces have a significant influence on promoting the photocatalytic performance, while the existence of saturated nitrogen (N1 and N3) atoms lying in the interfaces will weaken the interfacial interactions between C60 molecules and the g-C3N4 monolayers. Moreover, the sensitive optical response and satisfactory type-II band alignment clearly show that the C60/g-C3N4 heterostructure is an outstanding photocatalyst for hydrogen production. We proposed a deep insight (the role of nitrogen) into understanding the improved photocatalytic ability of the C60/g-C3N4 nanocomposites, which may contribute to the rational design of both C60/g-C3N4 and g-C3N4-based nanocomposite photocatalysts.

  15. Solvent-free functionalization of fullerene C60 and pristine multi-walled carbon nanotubes with aromatic amines

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    Ramírez-Calera, Itzel J.; Meza-Laguna, Victor; Gromovoy, Taras Yu.; Chávez-Uribe, Ma. Isabel; Basiuk, Vladimir A.; Basiuk, Elena V.

    2015-02-01

    We employed a direct one-step solvent-free covalent functionalization of solid fullerene C60 and pristine multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with aromatic amines 1-aminopyrene (AP), 2-aminofluorene (AF) and 1,5-diaminonaphthalene (DAN). The reactions were carried out under moderate vacuum, in a wide temperature range of 180-250 °C, during relatively short time of about 2 h. To confirm successful amine attachment, a large number of analytical techniques were used (depending on the nanomaterial functionalized) such as Fourier transform infrared, Raman, X-ray photoelectron, 13C cross-polarization magic angle spinning NMR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, laser-desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, temperature-programmed desorption with mass spectrometric detection, as well as scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The nucleophilic addition of the aromatic amines to C60 molecule was studied theoretically by using density functional theory (PBE GGA functional with Grimme dispersion correction in conjunction with the DNP basis set). In the case of crystalline C60, the solvent-free technique has a limited applicability due to poor diffusion of vaporous aromatic amines into the bulk. Nevertheless, the approach proposed allows for a facile preparation of aromatic amine-functionalized pristine MWCNTs without contamination with other chemical reagents, detergents and solvents, which is especially important for a vast variety of nanotube applications spanning from nanoelectronics to nanomedicine.

  16. Fullerene C60 exposure elicits an oxidative stress response in embryonic zebrafish

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    Usenko, Crystal Y.; Harper, Stacey L.; Tanguay, Robert L.

    2008-01-01

    Due to its unique physicochemical and optical properties, C60 has raised interest in commercialization for a variety of products. While several reports have determined this nanomaterial to act as a powerful antioxidant, many other studies have demonstrated a strong oxidative potential through photoactivation. To directly address the oxidative potential of C60, the effects of light and chemical supplementation and depletion of glutathione (GSH) on C60-induced toxicity were evaluated. Embryonic zebrafish were used as a model organism to examine the potential of C60 to elicit oxidative stress responses. Reduced light during C60 exposure significantly decreased mortality and the incidence of fin malformations and pericardial edema at 200 and 300 ppb C60. Embryos co-exposed to the glutathione precursor, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), also showed reduced mortality and pericardial edema; however, fin malformations were not reduced. Conversely, co-exposure to the GSH synthesis inhibitors, butathionine sulfoximine (BSO) and diethyl maleate (DEM), increased the sensitivity of zebrafish to C60 exposure. Co-exposure of C60 or its hydroxylated derivative, C60(OH)24, with H2O2 resulted in increased mortality along the concentration gradient of H2O2 for both materials. Microarrays were used to examine the effects of C60 on the global gene expression at two time points, 36 and 48 hours post fertilization (hpf). At both life stages there were alterations in the expression of several key stress response genes including glutathione-S-transferase, glutamate cysteine ligase, ferritin, α-tocopherol transport protein and heat shock protein 70. These results support the hypothesis that C60 induces oxidative stress in this model system. PMID:18299140

  17. Toxicity of an engineered nanoparticle (fullerene, C60) in two aquatic species, Daphnia and fathead minnow.

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    Zhu, Shiqian; Oberdörster, Eva; Haasch, Mary L

    2006-07-01

    Water-soluble fullerene (nC60) has been shown to induce lipid peroxidation (LPO) in brain of juvenile largemouth bass (LMB, Micropterus salmoides) [Oberdörster, E., 2004. Manufactured nanomaterials (fullerenes, c60) induce oxidative stress in brain of juvenile largemouth bass. Environ. Health Persp. 112, 1058-1062]; and upregulate genes related to the inflammatory response and metabolism, most notably CYP2K4 [. Nanotoxicology: an emerging discipline evolving from 116 studies of ultrafine particles. Environ. Health Persp. 113, 823-839]. The initial study in LMB was performed using tetrahydrofuran (THF)-solubilized nC60, although C60 can also be solubilized by stirring in water. The current study investigates differences in acute toxicity to Daphnia magna between THF-solubilized and water-stirred-nC60 as a range-find for further assays in adult male fathead minnow (FHM, Pimephales promelas). The daphnia 48-h LC50 for THF-nC60 was at least one order of magnitude less (0.8 ppm) than that for water-stirred-nC60 (> 35 ppm). FHM were dosed with either 0.5 ppm of THF- or water-stirred-nC60 for 48 h. There was 100% mortality in the THF-nC60-exposed fish between 6 and 18 h, while the water-stirred-nC60-exposed fish showed no obvious physical effects after 48 h. Water-stirred-nC60 elevated LPO in brain, significantly increased LPO in gill, and significantly increased expression of CYP2 family isozymes in liver as compared to control fish.

  18. Photodynamic inactivation of bacteria using novel electrogenerated porphyrin-fullerene C60 polymeric films.

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    Ballatore, M Belén; Durantini, Javier; Gsponer, Natalia S; Suarez, María B; Gervaldo, Miguel; Otero, Luis; Spesia, Mariana B; Milanesio, M Elisa; Durantini, Edgardo N

    2015-06-16

    A porphyrin-fullerene C60 dyad (TCP-C60) substituted by carbazoyl groups was used to obtain electrogenerated polymeric films on optically transparent indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes. This approach produced stable and reproducible polymers, holding fullerene units. The properties of this film were compared with those formed by layers of TCP/TCP-C60 and TCP/ZnTCP. Absorption spectra of the films presented the Soret and Q bands of the corresponding porphyrins. The TCP-C60 film produced a high photodecomposition of 2,2-(anthracene-9,10-diyl)bis(methylmalonate), which was used to detect singlet molecular oxygen O2((1)Δg) production in water. In addition, the TCP-C60 film induced the reduction of nitro blue tetrazolium to diformazan in the presence of NADH, indicating the formation of superoxide anion radical. Moreover, photooxidation of L-tryptophan mediated by TCP-C60 films was found in water. In biological media, photoinactivation of Staphylococcus aureus was evaluated depositing a drop with 2.5 × 10(3) cells on the films. After 30 min irradiation, no colony formation was detected using TCP-C60 or TCP/TCP-C60 films. Furthermore, photocytotoxic activity was observed in cell suspensions of S. aureus and Escherichia coli. The irradiated TCP-C60 film produced a 4 log decrease of S. aureus survival after 30 min. Also, a 4 log reduction of E. coli viability was obtained using the TCP-C60 film after 60 min irradiation. Therefore, the TCP-C60 film is an interesting and versatile photodynamic active surface to eradicate bacteria.

  19. Fullerene C60 Penetration into Leukemic Cells and Its Photoinduced Cytotoxic Effects

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    Franskevych, D.; Palyvoda, K.; Petukhov, D.; Prylutska, S.; Grynyuk, I.; Schuetze, C.; Drobot, L.; Matyshevska, O.; Ritter, U.

    2017-01-01

    Fullerene C60 as a representative of carbon nanocompounds is suggested to be promising agent for application in photodynamic therapy due to its unique physicochemical properties. The goal of this study was to estimate the accumulation of fullerene C60 in leukemic cells and to investigate its phototoxic effect on parental and resistant to cisplatin leukemic cells. Stable homogeneous water colloid solution of pristine C60 with average 50-nm diameter of nanoparticles was used in experiments. Fluorescent labeled C60 was synthesized by covalent conjugation of C60 with rhodamine B isothiocyanate. The results of confocal microscopy showed that leukemic Jurkat cells could effectively uptake fullerene C60 from the medium. Light-emitting diode lamp (100 mW cm-2, λ = 420-700 nm) was used for excitation of accumulated C60. A time-dependent decrease of viability was detected when leukemic Jurkat cells were exposed to combined treatment with C60 and visible light. The cytotoxic effect of photoexcited C60 was comparable with that induced by H2O2, as both agents caused 50% decrease of cell viability at 24 h at concentrations about 50 μM. Using immunoblot analysis, protein phosphotyrosine levels in cells were estimated. Combined action of C60 and visible light was followed by decrease of cellular proteins phosphorylation on tyrosine residues though less intensive as compared with that induced by H2O2 or protein tyrosine kinase inhibitor staurosporine. All tested agents reduced phosphorylation of 55, 70, and 90 kDa proteins while total suppression of 26 kDa protein phosphorylation was specific only for photoexcited C60.

  20. Transport and retention of fullerene (C60) nanoparticles in natural soils

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    Wang, Y.; Li, Y.; Abriola, L. M.; Pennell, K. D.

    2008-12-01

    Although several column studies have investigated the transport and deposition of fullerene (C60) nanoparticles in ideal porous media, such as washed quartz sands and glass beads, far less attention has been directed toward natural soils. To address this issue, a series of column experiments was performed to quantify the transport and retention of C60 nanoparticles in a borosilicate glass column (10 cm length x 2.5 cm dia.) packed with either Appling soil or Webster soil. Introduction of a C60 suspension containing 1 mM calcium chloride as background electrolyte for up to 65 pore volumes resulted in 100 percent retention of injected mass. Retained C60 nanoparticles were concentrated within 6 cm of the column from inlet, with solid phase concentrations approaching 130 μg/g. The presence of Suwannee River humic acid (20 mg/L) in the C60 suspension slightly enhanced mobility of nC60, although effluent breakthrough was not observed. However, when mixed with 1,000 mg/L polyethoxylate (20) sorbitan monooleate (Tween 80), C60 nanoparticles were readily transported through Appling soil, with less than 40 percent of injected mass retained. Retentions profiles of nC60 exhibited gradual ascent and descent, but not symmetrically, with distance from inlet. A mathematic transport model incorporating classical filtration theory, non-linear sorption process, and straining was utilized to capture C60 effluent breakthrough curves and retention profiles observed in the column experiments. These findings indicate that Appling soil and Webster soil exhibit large retention capacity for C60 nanoparticle, and that transport of C60 is greatly enhanced in the presence of stabilizing agents.

  1. Behavioral and physiological changes in Daphnia magna when exposed to nanoparticle suspensions (titanium dioxide, nano-C60, and C60HxC70Hx)

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    Lovern, Sarah B.; Strickler, J. Rudi; Klaper, Rebecca

    2008-01-01

    Little is known about the impact manufactured nanoparticles will have on aquatic organisms. Previously, we demonstrated that toxicity differs with nanoparticle type and preparation and observed behavioral changes upon exposure to the more lethal nanoparticle suspensions. In this experiment, we quantified these behavioral and physiological responses of Daphnia at sublethal nanoparticle concentrations. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and fullerenes (nano-C60) were chosen for their potential use in technology. Other studies suggest that addition of functional groups to particles can affect their toxicity to cell cultures, but it is unknown if the same is true at the whole organism level. Therefore, a fullerene derivative, C60HxC70Hx, was also used to examine how functional groups affect Daphnia response. Using a high-speed camera, we quantified several behavior and physiological parameters including hopping frequency, feeding appendage and postabdominal curling movement, and heart rate. Nano-C60 was the only suspension to cause a significant change in heart rate. Both exposure to nano-C60 and C60HxC70Hx suspensions caused hopping frequency and appendage movement to increase. These results are associated with increased risk of predation and reproductive decline. They indicate that certain nanoparticle types may have impacts on population and food web dynamics in aquatic systems. PMID:17626453

  2. Behavioral and physiological changes in Daphnia magna when exposed to nanoparticle suspensions (titanium dioxide, nano-C60, and C60HxC70Hx).

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    Lovern, Sarah B; Strickler, J Rudi; Klaper, Rebecca

    2007-06-15

    Little is known aboutthe impact manufactured nanoparticles will have on aquatic organisms. Previously, we demonstrated that toxicity differs with nanoparticle type and preparation and observed behavioral changes upon exposure to the more lethal nanoparticle suspensions. In this experiment, we quantified these behavioral and physiological responses of Daphnia magna at sublethal nanoparticle concentrations. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and fullerenes (nano-C60) were chosen for their potential use in technology. Other studies suggest that addition of functional groups to particles can affect their toxicity to cell cultures, but it is unknown if the same is true at the whole organism level. Therefore, a fullerene derivative, C60HxC70Hx, was also used to examine how functional groups affect Daphnia response. Using a high-speed camera, we quantified several behavior and physiological parameters including hopping frequency, feeding appendage and postabdominal curling movement, and heart rate. Nano-C60 was the only suspension to cause a significant change in heart rate. Exposure to both nano-C60 and C60HxC70Hx suspensions caused hopping frequency and appendage movement to increase. These results are associated with increased risk of predation and reproductive decline. They indicate that certain nanoparticle types may have impacts on population and food web dynamics in aquatic systems.

  3. Electronic structure and nonlinear optical properties of the fullerenes C60 and C70: A valence-effective-Hamiltonian study

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    Shuai, Zhigang; Brédas, J. L.

    1992-12-01

    Based on the geometries optimized by the AM1 semiempirical technique (Austin Model 1 of Dewar et al.), we exploit the valence-effective-Hamiltonian (VEH) method to study the electronic structures of C60 and C70. The valence-electronic density of states (DOS) calculated is found to be in excellent agreement with the high-resolution energy-distribution curves obtained from synchrotron-photoemission experiments in terms of both positions and relative intensities of the peaks. The maximum difference in peak position between theory and experiment is 0.4 eV. This shows that the VEH method provides a very reasonable description of these two fullerenes. We then apply the VEH-SOS (sum-over-states) approach to study the nonlinear optical response of C60 and C70. We obtain that the off-resonance third-order susceptibility χ(3) is on the order of 10-12 esu. Our results are fully consistent with the electric-field-induced second-harmonic generation and third-harmonic-generation (THG) measurements by Wang and Cheng and the degenerate-four-wave-mixing measurements by Kafafi et al., but about three to four orders of magnitude lower than the data reported by Blau et al. and by Yang et et al. The static χ(3) values of C60 and C70 are compared to those of polyacetylene. We also investigate the dynamic nonlinear optical response by calculating the THG spectrum. We find that the lowest two-photon and three-photon resonances occur at almost the same frequency for C60, because of the symmetry of the molecule.

  4. Carboxylic Acid Fullerene (C60) Derivatives Attenuated Neuroinflammatory Responses by Modulating Mitochondrial Dynamics

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    Ye, Shefang; Zhou, Tong; Cheng, Keman; Chen, Mingliang; Wang, Yange; Jiang, Yuanqin; Yang, Peiyan

    2015-05-01

    Fullerene (C60) derivatives, a unique class of compounds with potent antioxidant properties, have been reported to exert a wide variety of biological activities including neuroprotective properties. Mitochondrial dynamics are an important constituent of cellular quality control and function, and an imbalance of the dynamics eventually leads to mitochondria disruption and cell dysfunctions. This study aimed to assess the effects of carboxylic acid C60 derivatives (C60-COOH) on mitochondrial dynamics and elucidate its associated mechanisms in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated BV-2 microglial cell model. Using a cell-based functional screening system labeled with DsRed2-mito in BV-2 cells, we showed that LPS stimulation led to excessive mitochondrial fission, increased mitochondrial localization of dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1), both of which were markedly suppressed by C60-COOH pretreatment. LPS-induced mitochondria reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and collapse of mitochondrial membrane potential (Δ Ψm) were also significantly inhibited by C60-COOH. Moreover, we also found that C60-COOH pretreatment resulted in the attenuation of LPS-mediated activation of nuclear factor (NF)-κB and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling, as well as the production of pro-inflammatory mediators. Taken together, these findings demonstrated that carboxylic acid C60 derivatives may exert neuroprotective effects through regulating mitochondrial dynamics and functions in microglial cells, thus providing novel insights into the mechanisms of the neuroprotective properties of carboxylic acid C60 derivatives.

  5. Enhanced mobility of fullerene (C60) nanoparticles in the presence of stabilizing agents.

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    Wang, Yonggang; Li, Yusong; Costanza, Jed; Abriola, Linda M; Pennell, Kurt D

    2012-11-06

    Experimental and mathematical modeling studies were performed to examine the effects of stabilizing agents on the transport and retention of fullerene nanoparticles (nC(60)) in water-saturated quartz sand. Three stabilizing systems were considered: naturally occurring compounds known to stabilize nanoparticles (Suwannee river humic acid (SRHA) and fulvic acid (SRFA)), synthetic additives used to enhance nanoparticle stability (Tween 80, a nonionic surfactant), and residual contaminants resulting from the manufacturing process (tetrahydrofuran (THF)). The results of column experiments demonstrated that the presence of THF, at concentrations up to 44.5 mg/L, did not alter nC(60) transport and retention behavior, whereas addition of SRHA (20 mg C/L), SRFA (20 mg C/L), or Tween 80 (1000 mg/L) to the influent nC(60) suspensions dramatically increased the mobility of nC(60), as demonstrated by coincidental nanoparticle and nonreactive tracer effluent breakthrough curves (BTCs) and minimal nC(60) retention. When columns were preflushed with surfactant, nC(60) transport was significantly enhanced compared to that in the absence of a stabilizing agent. The presence of adsorbed Tween 80 resulted in nC(60) BTCs characterized by a declining plateau and retention profiles that exhibited hyperexponential decay. The observed nC(60) transport and retention behavior was accurately captured by a mathematical model that accounted for coupled surfactant adsorption-desorption dynamics, surfactant-nanoparticle interactions, and particle attachment kinetics.

  6. Effects of humic and fulvic acids on aggregation of aqu/nC60 nanoparticles

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    Aggregation of fullerene nanoparticles (nC60) is a fundamental process influencing its environmental fate and transport, and toxicity. Using time-resolved dynamic light scattering we systematically investigated aggregation kinetics of nC60 generated from extended mixing in water ...

  7. Anion-Dependent Aggregate Formation and Charge Behavior of Colloidal Fullerenes (n-C60)

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    The fate and transport of colloidal fullerenes (n-C60) in the environment is likely to be guided by electrokinetic and aggregation behavior. In natural water bodies inorganic ions exert significant effects in determining the size and charge of n-C60 nanoparticles. Although the ef...

  8. Enhanced association for C70 over C60 with a metal complex with corannulene derivate ligands.

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    Álvarez, Celedonio M; García-Escudero, Luis A; García-Rodríguez, Raúl; Martín-Álvarez, Jose M; Miguel, Daniel; Rayón, Víctor M

    2014-11-14

    The geometry imposed by the coordination sphere around the metal, together with the choice of the "arms" can be advantageously used to build corannulene-based molecular tweezers, which show great affinities for C60 and C70, as revealed by NMR titration experiments, mass spectroscopy, DFT calculations and the single crystal X-ray structural analysis of the compound C60 ⊂1.

  9. Complex of C60 Fullerene with Doxorubicin as a Promising Agent in Antitumor Therapy

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    Prylutska, Svitlana V.; Skivka, Larysa M.; Didenko, Gennadiy V.; Prylutskyy, Yuriy I.; Evstigneev, Maxim P.; Potebnya, Grygoriy P.; Panchuk, Rostyslav R.; Stoika, Rostyslav S.; Ritter, Uwe; Scharff, Peter

    2015-12-01

    The main aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of doxorubicin in complex with C60 fullerene (C60 + Dox) on the growth and metastasis of Lewis lung carcinoma in mice and to perform a primary screening of the potential mechanisms of C60 + Dox complex action. We found that volume of tumor from mice treated with the C60 + Dox complex was 1.4 times less than that in control untreated animals. The number of metastatic foci in lungs of animals treated with C60 + Dox complex was two times less than that in control untreated animals. Western blot analysis of tumor lysates revealed a significant decrease in the level of heat-shock protein 70 in animals treated with C60 + Dox complex. Moreover, the treatment of tumor-bearing mice was accompanied by the increase of cytotoxic activity of immune cells. Thus, the potential mechanisms of antitumor effect of C60 + Dox complex include both its direct action on tumor cells by inducing cell death and increasing of stress sensitivity and an immunomodulating effect. The obtained results provide a scientific basis for further application of C60 + Dox nanocomplexes as treatment agents in cancer chemotherapy.

  10. Fullerene C60: surface energy and interfacial interactions in aqueous systems.

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    Ma, Xin; Wigington, Bethany; Bouchard, Dermont

    2010-07-20

    The underlying mechanisms of fullerene-fullerene, fullerene-water, and fullerene-soil surface interactions in aqueous systems are not well understood. To advance our understanding of these interfacial interactions, the surface properties of Buckminsterfullerene (C60) and quartz surfaces were investigated. From application of the van Oss-Chaudhury-Good model and the Young-Dupre equation, the Lifshitz-van der Waals, acid-base, and the total surface energies of C60 powder and quartz surfaces were calculated from contact angle measurements using the sessile drop technique. C60 powder measurements indicate low to medium energy surfaces of 41.7 mJ/m2 with a dominant Lifshitz-van der Waals component. In aqueous systems, hydrophobic attraction due to the high cohesion of water is the driving force for C60 aggregation. The high free energy of hydration (DeltaG(pw)(total) = -90.5 mJ/m2) indicates the high affinity of C60 particles for water. Hamaker constants of 4.02 x 10(-21) J (A(pwp)) and 2.59 x 10(-21) J (A(pws)) were derived for C60-C60 and C60-quartz interactions in aqueous systems. The results of this study indicate that surface energy is an important physical parameter that should be considered as a basic characterization property of fullerene nanomaterials.

  11. Surface Energy of C60 and the Interfacial Interactions in Aqueous Systems

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    The surface free energy components of C60 powder in the form of compressed pellets were determined by sessile drop contact angle measurements. Based on van Oss-Chaudhury-Good model to Young-Dupre equation, the surface energy of C60 and the contributions of the apolar (Lifshitz-v...

  12. Synthesis of a Crushed Fullerene C60H24 through Sixfold Palladium-Catalyzed Arylation.

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    Dorel, Ruth; de Mendoza, Paula; Calleja, Pilar; Pascual, Sergio; González-Cantalapiedra, Esther; Cabello, Noemí; Echavarren, Antonio M

    2016-07-01

    The synthesis of a new C3v -symmetric crushed fullerene C60H24 (5) has been accomplished in three steps from truxene through sixfold palladium-catalyzed intramolecular arylation of a syn-trialkylated truxene precursor. Laser irradiation of 5 induces cyclodehydrogenation processes that result in the formation of C60, as detected by LDI-MS.

  13. Growth of large, defect-free pure C60 single crystals

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    Meng, R. L.; Ramirez, D.; Jiang, X.; Chow, P. C.; Diaz, C.; Matsuishi, K.; Moss, S. C.; Hor, P. H.; Chu, C. W.

    1991-01-01

    Millimeter-sized single crystals of C60 were grown by sublimation of C60 powder in a vacuum for 6-24 h. The crystals had excellent facets, were free of C70 or solvent, and showed face-centered cubic symmetry with a very small mosaic spread down to 0.01 deg.

  14. Synthesis of a Crushed Fullerene C60H24 through Sixfold Palladium‐Catalyzed Arylation

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    Dorel, Ruth; de Mendoza, Paula; Calleja, Pilar; Pascual, Sergio; González‐Cantalapiedra, Esther; Cabello, Noemí

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of a new C 3v‐symmetric crushed fullerene C60H24 (5) has been accomplished in three steps from truxene through sixfold palladium‐catalyzed intramolecular arylation of a syn‐trialkylated truxene precursor. Laser irradiation of 5 induces cyclodehydrogenation processes that result in the formation of C60, as detected by LDI‐MS. PMID:27774038

  15. Density functional theory study on oligosilane-functionalized C60 fullerene

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    Yoshizawa, Saori; Abe, Shigeaki; Mutoh, Mami; Kusaka, Teruo; Nakamura, Mariko; Yoshida, Yasuhiro; Iida, Junichiro; Kawabata, Hiroshi; Tachikawa, Hiroto

    2017-01-01

    Oligosilane-functionalized C60 fullerenes [namely, C60-(SiH2) n -H, n = 1-4] have been investigated by the density functional theory (DFT) method to elucidate the structures and electronic states of oligosilane-radical added fullerene. The DFT calculation showed that oligosilane radicals bind to the carbon atom of C60 in the on-top site, and a strong Si-C heterojunction is formed. The binding energies of oligosilane radicals to C60 were calculated to be 24.6-28.2 kcal/mol at the CAM-B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) level. The electronic states of oligosilane-functionalized fullerenes C60-(SiH2) n -H are discussed on the basis of theoretical results.

  16. Heterostructures based on graphene and MoS2 layers decorated by C60 fullerenes

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    Chernozatonskii, Leonid A.; Kvashnin, Alexander G.; Sorokin, Pavel B.

    2016-09-01

    Here we present a comprehensive investigation of various novel composite structures based on graphene (G) and molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) monolayers decorated by C60 fullerenes, which can be successfully applied in photovoltaics as a solar cell unit. Theoretical studies of the atomic structure, stability and electronic properties of the proposed G/C60, MoS2/C60 and G/MoS2/C60/G nanostructures were carried out. We show that making the G/MoS2/C60/G heterostructure from the 2D films considered here will lead to the appearance of particular properties suitable for application in photovoltaics due to the broad energetic region of high electronic density of states.

  17. Imaging and spectromicroscopy of photocarrier electron dynamics in C60 fullerene thin films

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    Shibuta, Masahiro; Yamagiwa, Kana; Eguchi, Toyoaki; Nakajima, Atsushi

    2016-11-01

    We have employed a two-photon photoelectron emission microscopy (2P-PEEM) to observe the photocarrier electron dynamics in an organic thin film of fullerene (C60) formed on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite with a spatial resolution of ca. 135 nm. In this approach, photocarrier electrons in C60 single-layer islands generated by the first pump photon are detected by the second probe photon. These spectromicroscopic observations conducted over a 100 × 100 nm2 region of C60 islands consistently reproduced the macroscopic two-photon photoemission spectrum of fully covered C60 monolayer film, where the energy of photocarrier electron in the islands was +0.9 eV relative to the Fermi level. Time-resolved 2P-PEEM revealed that the photocarrier electron decayed from the monolayered C60 islands into the substrate with a time constant of 470 ± 30 fs.

  18. Atomic-scale ultralow friction simulation of superlubricity of C60 molecular bearing

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    Sasaki, Naruo; Itamura, Noriaki; Miura, Kouji

    2007-11-01

    Simulation of superlubricity of C60 molecular bearing is performed based on molecular mechanics. Atomic-scale frictional feature along [10 overline 1 0] direction of the graphite/C60/graphite interface is numerically investigated compared with that of the graphite/graphite/graphite interface. Simulated interlayer distances of about 1.3nm are in good agreement with previous experimental results[1-3]. Atomic-scale friction coefficient of graphite/C60/graphite interface decreases to about 30% of that of the graphite/graphite/graphite interface. It is clarified that three-dimensional degree of freedom of intercalated C60 motion is one of origins of ultralow friction of graphite/C60/graphite interface along [10 overline 1 0] direction.

  19. Accurate Intermolecular Potential for the C60 Dimer: The Performance of Different Levels of Quantum Theory.

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    Sharapa, Dmitry I; Margraf, Johannes T; Hesselmann, Andreas; Clark, Timothy

    2017-01-10

    The self-assembly of molecular building blocks is a promising route to low-cost nanoelectronic devices. It would be very appealing to use computer-aided design to identify suitable molecules. However, molecular self-assembly is guided by weak interactions, such as dispersion, which have long been notoriously difficult to describe with quantum chemical methods. In recent years, several viable techniques have emerged, ranging from empirical dispersion corrections for DFT to fast perturbation and coupled-cluster theories. In this work, we test these methods for the dimer of the prototypical building block for nanoelectronics, C60-fullerene. Benchmark quality data is obtained from DFT-based symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT), the adiabatic-connection fluctuation dissipation (ACFD) theorem using an adiabatic LDA kernel, and domain-based local pair natural orbital (DLPNO) coupled-pair and coupled-cluster methods. These benchmarks are used to evaluate economical dispersion-corrected DFT methods, double-hybrid DFT functionals, and second-order Møller-Plesset theory. Furthermore, we provide analytical fits to the benchmark interaction curves, which can be used for a coarse-grain description of fullerene self-assembly. These analytical expressions differ significantly from those reported previously based on bulk data.

  20. Effects of C60 on the Photochemical Formation of Reactive Oxygen Species from Natural Organic Matter.

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    Yin, Lijuan; Zhou, Huaxi; Lian, Lushi; Yan, Shuwen; Song, Weihua

    2016-11-01

    Buckminsterfullerenes (C60) are widely used nanomaterials that are present in surface water. The combination of C60 and humic acid (HA) generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) under solar irradiation, but this process is not well understood. Thus, the present study focused on the photochemical formation of singlet oxygen ((1)O2), hydroxyl radical (HO(•))-like species, superoxide radicals (O2(•-)), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and triplet excited states ((3)C60*/(3)HA*) in solutions containing both C60 and HA. The quantum yield coefficients of excited triplet states (fTMP) and apparent quantum yields of ROS were measured and compared to the calculated values, which were based on the conservative mixing model. Although C60 proved to have only a slight impact on the (1)O2 formation from HA, C60 played a key role in the inhibition of O2(•-). The photochemical formation of H2O2 followed the conservative mixing model due to the reaction of C60(•-) with HO2(•)/O2(•-), and the biomolecular reaction rate constant has been measured as (7.4 ± 0.6) × 10(6) M(-1) s(-1). The apparent fTMP was significantly lower than the calculated value, indicating that the steric effect of HA was significant in the reaction of (3)C60* with the TMP probe. In contrast, C60 did not have an effect on the photochemical formation of HO(•) from HA, suggesting that HO(•) is elevated from the hydrophilic surface of HA. The aforementioned results may be useful for predicting the photochemical influence of C60 on aqueous environments.

  1. Dramatically enhanced oxygen uptake and ionization yield of positive secondary ions with C60+ sputtering.

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    Liao, Hua-Yang; Tsai, Meng-Hung; You, Yun-Wen; Chang, Hsun-Yun; Huang, Chih-Chieh; Shyue, Jing-Jong

    2012-04-03

    To explore C(60)(+) sputtering beyond low-damage depth profiling of organic materials, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) were used to examine metallic surfaces during and after C(60)(+) sputtering. During C(60)(+) sputtering, XPS spectra indicated that the degrees of carbon deposition were different for different metallic surfaces. Moreover, for some metals (e.g., Al, W, Ta, Ti, and Mo), the intensity of the O 1s photoelectron increased significantly during C(60)(+) sputtering, even though the instrument was under ultrahigh vacuum (<5 × 10(-7) Pa). This result indicated that the rate of oxygen uptake was greater than the rate of C(60)(+) sputtering. This behavior was not observed with the commonly used Ar(+) sputtering. To measure the oxygen uptake kinetics, pure oxygen was leaked into the chamber to maintain a 5 × 10(-6) Pa oxygen environment. The C(60)(+)-sputtered surface had a clearly increased rate of oxygen uptake than the Ar(+)-sputtered surface, even for moderately reactive metals such as Fe and Ni. For relatively nonreactive metals such as Cu and Au, a small amount of carbon was implanted and no oxygen uptake was observed. High-resolution XPS spectra revealed the formation of metal carbides on these reactive metals, and the carbon deposition and enhanced uptake of oxygen correlated to the carbide formation. Because oxygen enhances the secondary ion yield through surface passivation, the enhanced oxygen uptake due to C(60)(+) sputtering could be beneficial for SIMS analysis. To examine this hypothesis, C(60)(+) and Ar(+) were used as primary ions, and it was found that the intensity enhancement (because of the oxygen flooding at 5 × 10(-6) Pa) was much higher with C(60)(+) than with Ar(+). Therefore, oxygen flooding during C(60)(+) sputtering has a great potential for enhancing the detection limit due to the enhanced oxygen uptake.

  2. Sharp organic interface of molecular C60 chains and a pentacene derivative SAM on Au(788): A combined STM & DFT study

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    Wang, Jun; Tang, Jian-Ming; Larson, Amanda M.; Miller, Glen P.; Pohl, Karsten

    2013-12-01

    Controlling the molecular structure of the donor-acceptor interface is essential to overcoming the efficiency bottleneck in organic photovoltaics. We present a study of self-assembled fullerene (C60) molecular chains on perfectly ordered 6,13-dichloropentacene (DCP) monolayers forming on a vicinal Au(788) surface using scanning tunneling microscopy in conjunction with density functional theory calculations. DCP is a novel pentacene derivative optimized for photovoltaic applications. The molecules form a brick-wall patterned centered rectangular lattice with the long axis parallel to the monatomic steps that separate the 3.9 nm wide Au(111) terraces. The strong interaction between the C60 molecules and the gold substrate is well screened by the DCP monolayer. At submonolayer C60 coverage, the fullerene molecules form long parallel chains, 1.1 nm apart, with a rectangular arrangement instead of the expected close-packed configuration along the upper step edges. The perfectly ordered DCP structure is unaffected by the C60 chain formation. The controlled sharp highly-ordered organic interface has the potential to improve the conversion efficiency in organic photovoltaics.

  3. Vibrational properties of polymer and quenched CsC{60} phases

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    Sauvajol, J.-L.; Anglaret, E.; Chesnel, K.; Palpacuer, M.; Girard, A.; Moreac, A.; Ameline, J.-C.; Delugeard, Y.; Hennion, B.

    1998-06-01

    We report new results on the vibrational dynamics of polymer and quenched CSC{60} phases. Both the splitting and the structure of new activated lines of polymer CsC{60} are in agreement with the lowering of C{60} molecular symmetry from Ih to D{2h}. An inelastic neutron investigation on polymer and quenched CsC{60} is reported. It allows one to identify the vibrational signature of the low-temperature (T < 150 K) ordered monomer phase on quenched CsC{60}. Nous présentons un certain nombre de résultats originaux concernant la dynamique vibrationnelle de la phase polymère et des phases obtenues par trempe du CsC{60}. Les spectres infrarouge de la phase polymère sont interprétés dans le cadre d'un abaissement de la symétrie du monomère C{60} de Ih à D{2h}. Une étude par diffusion neutronique de la phase polymère et des phases obtenues par trempe a été réalisée. Elle a permis en particulier de déterminer la 'signature' vibrationnelle d'une phase ordonnée monomère à très basse température (T < 150 K) dans le CsC{60} trempé.

  4. Polyamide 12/ fullerene C60 composites: Investigation on their mechanical and dielectric properties

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    Zuev, Vjacheslav V.

    2014-05-01

    The effect of fullerene C60 on mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites based on PA12 was investigated. The nanocomposites were prepared by in situ polymerization. The Young's modulus and tensile strength of the polymer nanocomposites are improved by about 20% with loading of 0.02-0.08 wt.% the fullerene C60. Dielectric spectroscopy was used to investigate the influence of nanoparticles on the relaxation processes in polymer matrix. The segmental relaxation processes become faster with the fullerene C60 addition, an effect associated with a decrease of the glass transition temperature. In contrast, the secondary or γ relaxation process of PA12/ fullerene C60 nanocomposites was observed to slow down with addition of fullerene C60. These observations indicate that fullerene C60 as filler has an effect opposite to antiplasticizing that slow down the secondary relaxation (stiffening the material) in the glass state, while at the same time reducing the alpha relaxation time associated with cooperative segmental motions. It behaviour can be connected with inclusion complex formation between PA12 and fullerene C60.

  5. Volume properties and refraction of aqueous solutions of bisadducts of light fullerene C60 and essential amino acids lysine, threonine, and oxyproline (C60(C6H13N2O2)2, C60(C4H8NO3)2, and C60(C5H9NO2)2) at 25°C

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    Semenov, K. N.; Ivanova, N. M.; Charykov, N. A.; Keskinov, V. A.; Kalacheva, S. S.; Duryagina, N. N.; Garamova, P. V.; Kulenova, N. A.; Nabieva, A.

    2017-02-01

    Concentration dependences of the density of aqueous solutions of bisadducts of light fullerene C60 and essential amino acids are studied by pycnometry. Concentration dependences of the average molar volumes and partial volumes of components (H2O and corresponding bisadducts) are calculated for C60(C6H13N2O2)2-H2O, C60(C4H8NO3)2-H2O, and C60(C5H9NO2)2-H2O binary systems at 25°C. Concentration dependences of the indices of refraction of C60(C6H13N2O2)2-H2O, C60(C4H8NO3)2-H2O, and C60(C5H9NO2)2-H2O binary systems are determined at 25°C. The concentration dependences of specific refraction and molar refraction of bisadducts and aqueous solutions of them are calculated.

  6. Removal of aqueous nC60 fullerene from water by low pressure membrane filtration.

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    Floris, R; Nijmeijer, K; Cornelissen, E R

    2016-03-15

    The potential environmental and health risks of engineered nanoparticles such as buckminsterfullerene C60 in water require their removal during the production of drinking water. We present a study focusing on (i) the removal mechanism and (ii) the elucidation of the role of the membrane pore size during removal of nC60 fullerene nanoparticle suspensions in dead-end microfiltration and ultrafiltration mimicking separation in real industrial water treatment plants. Membranes were selected with pore sizes ranging from 18 nm to 500 nm to determine the significance of the nC60 to membrane pore size ratio and the adsorption affinity between nC60 and membrane material during filtration. Experiments were carried out with a dead-end bench-scale system operated at constant flux conditions including a hydraulic backwash cleaning procedure. nC60 nanoparticles can be efficiently removed by low pressure membrane technology with smaller and, unexpectedly, also by mostly similar or larger pores than the particle size, although the nC60 filtration behaviour appeared to be different. The nC60 size to membrane pore size ratio and the ratio of the cake-layer deposition resistance to the clean membrane resistance, both play an important role on the nC60 filtration behaviour and on the efficiency of the backwash procedure recovering the initial membrane filtration conditions. These results become specifically significant in the context of drinking water production, for which they provide relevant information for an accurate selection between membrane processes and operational parameters for the removal of nC60 in the drinking water treatment.

  7. Bioaccumulation of fullerene (C60) and corresponding catalase elevation in Lumbriculus variegatus.

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    Wang, Jiafan; Wages, Mike; Yu, Shuangying; Maul, Jonathan D; Mayer, Greg; Hope-Weeks, Louisa; Cobb, George P

    2014-05-01

    Fullerene (C(60)), with its unique physical properties and nanometer size, has been mass-produced for many applications in recent decades. The increased likelihood of direct release into the environment has raised interest in understanding both the environmental fate and corresponding biological effects of fullerenes to living organisms. Because few studies have emphasized fullerene uptake and resulting biochemical responses by living organisms, a toxicity screening test and a 28-d bioaccumulation test for Lumbriculus variegatus were performed. No mortality was observed in the range of 0.05 mg C(60) /kg dry sediment to 11.33 mg C(60) /kg dry sediment. A biota-sediment accumulation factor of micron-sized fullerene agglomerates (µ-C(60)) was 0.032 ± 0.008 at day 28, which is relatively low compared with pyrene (1.62 ± 0.22). Catalase (CAT) activity, an oxidative stress indicator, was elevated significantly on day 14 for L. variegatus exposed to µ-C(60) (p = 0.034). This peak CAT activity corresponded to the highest body residues observed in the present study, 199 ± 80 µg C(60) /kg dry weight sediment. Additionally, smaller C(60) agglomerate size increased bioaccumulation potential in L. variegatus. The relationship between C(60) body residue and the increased CAT activity followed a linear regression. All results suggest that C(60) has a lower bioaccumulation potential than pyrene but a higher potential to induce oxidative stress in L. variegatus.

  8. Charge-exchange collisions of C 60z+ : a probe of the ion charge distribution

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    Cameron, Douglas B.; Parks, Joel H.

    1997-06-01

    We present Paul trap measurements of charge-exchange collisions of Li, Cs and C 60 with C 60z+ ions ( z = 1-3) at thermal energies. Surprisingly, the measured charge-exchange rates for each neutral species are not proportional to the ion charge z as would be expected for Langevin collisions involving a uniformly charged ion. The relative rates can be reproduced by a model based on a symmetric distribution of point charges that are free to move on the ion surface during the neutral trajectory. Such behavior can be attributed to static and possibly dynamic Jahn-Teller effects in C 60z+ ions.

  9. Antiferromagnetic resonance in the Mott insulator fcc-Cs3C60.

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    Suzuki, Yuta; Shibasaki, Seiji; Kubozono, Yoshihiro; Kambe, Takashi

    2013-09-11

    The magnetic ground state of the fcc phase of the Mott insulator Cs3C60 was studied using a low-temperature electron spin resonance technique, and antiferromagnetic resonance (AFMR) below 1.57 K was directly observed at ambient pressure. The AFMR modes for the fcc phase of Cs3C60 were investigated using a conventional two-sublattice model with uniaxial anisotropy, and the spin-flop field was determined to be 4.7 kOe at 1.57 K. The static magnetic exchange interactions and anisotropy field for fcc-Cs3C60 were also estimated.

  10. Analysis of C60 insertion into single wall carbon nanotube by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Ishii, Takafumi; Esfarjani, Keivan; Hashi, Yuichi; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Iijima, Sumio

    2001-10-01

    Classical molecular dynamics is used to simulate the insertion of C60 into a (10, 10) single wall nano tube (SWNT). We propose that the insertion process occurs through the open end of the tube. After insertion, the energy exchange between the C60 and the nanotube causes the kinetic energy of the former to decrease as it moves inside the tube. This kinetic energy loss is due to a "friction force" which we calculated for several insertion conditions. The binding energy of the C60 with the SWNT is due to Van der Waals interaction, and is found to be about 3.5 eV.

  11. C 60 as a chemical Faraday cage for three ferromagnetic Fe atoms

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    Gao, Guohua; Kang, Hong Seok

    2008-09-01

    Based on calculations using density functional theory, we show that C 60 can act as a chemical Faraday cage in which a highly magnetic metal cluster with a high chemical reactivity can be encapsulated. As an example, we find that C 60 can encapsulate a Fe 3 cluster, while it is much less likely to encapsulate a Fe 2 cluster. Spin multiplicity (=9) of the Fe 3@C 60 is very high, being comparable to that (=11) of a free Fe 3 cluster. Geometrically, the triangular plane of the cluster is perpendicular to a S6 axis of the fullerene.

  12. Density functional study on a light-harvesting carotenoid-porphyrin-C60 molecular triad in explicit solvent

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    Diaz, Carlos; Baruah, Tunna; Zope, Rajendra

    We investigate the effect of solvent on the electronic structure of a biomimetic molecular triad that shows photoinduced charge transfer in laboratory. The supramolecular triad contains three different units - C60, porphyrin, and beta-carotenoid. We have performed classical molecular dynamics simulation of the triad surrounded by 15000 water molecules using NAMD for 20 nanoseconds. Subsequently, we performed an all-electron density functional calculations (DFT) using large basis sets on the 50 snap-shots taken from the molecular dynamics simulation. The solvent effects in the DFT calculations are treated using both the explicit water molecules as well as using the point charge representation of water. The excitation energies and absorption spectra show that the polar solvent induces significant changes in the electronic structure of the triad.

  13. Spectroscopic study on the interaction of pristine C60 and serum albumins in solution

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    Liu, Shufang; Sui, Yu; Guo, Kai; Yin, Zhijuan; Gao, Xibao

    2012-08-01

    The interaction of nanomaterials with biological macromolecules is an important foundation of the design and the biological safety assessments of nanomaterials. This work aims to investigate the interaction between pristine C60 and serum albumins (human serum albumin and bovine serum albumin) in solution. Stable aqueous dispersion of C60 was prepared by simple direct ultrasonic method and characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometry, transmission electronic microscopy and dynamic light scattering techniques, and spectroscopic methods (fluorescence spectroscopy, synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy and circular dichroism spectroscopy) were utilized for the investigation. It was found that the fluorescence of serum albumins could be quenched by C60 nanoparticles in a substantially similar way. Slight changes of the surrounding microenvironment of amino residues were observed, while little effects on the protein secondary structure occurred. The different effects of dispersion methods on the interaction of C60 nanoparticles with serum protein were also compared and discussed.

  14. Spectromicroscopy of C60 and azafullerene C59N: Identifying surface adsorbed water

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    Erbahar, Dogan; Susi, Toma; Rocquefelte, Xavier; Bittencourt, Carla; Scardamaglia, Mattia; Blaha, Peter; Guttmann, Peter; Rotas, Georgios; Tagmatarchis, Nikos; Zhu, Xiaohui; Hitchcock, Adam P.; Ewels, Chris P.

    2016-01-01

    C60 fullerene crystals may serve as important catalysts for interstellar organic chemistry. To explore this possibility, the electronic structures of free-standing powders of C60 and (C59N)2 azafullerenes are characterized using X-ray microscopy with near-edge X-ray adsorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, closely coupled with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. This is supported with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements and associated core-level shift DFT calculations. We compare the oxygen 1s spectra from oxygen impurities in C60 and C59N, and calculate a range of possible oxidized and hydroxylated structures and associated formation barriers. These results allow us to propose a model for the oxygen present in these samples, notably the importance of water surface adsorption and possible ice formation. Water adsorption on C60 crystal surfaces may prove important for astrobiological studies of interstellar amino acid formation. PMID:27748425

  15. Thermodynamic properties of solid face centered cubic Rb3C60 at high temperature and pressure

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    Yang, W.; Sun, J. X.; Liu, H.; Yan, G. F.

    2014-03-01

    Analytic equation of state and thermodynamic quantities of solid fcc Rb3C60 are derived by using an analytic mean field potential method. For intermolecular forces, the double-exponential potential is utilized. Four potential parameters are determined by fitting experimental compression data of Rb3C60 up to 14 GPa at 296 K. Various physical quantities including isothermals, thermal expansion, isochoric heat capacity, Helmholtz free energy and internal energy are calculated and analyzed. Calculated results are consistent with available experimental data in literature. Furthermore, spinodal temperature for Rb3C60 is found to be 2,860 K. Results verify that analytic mean field potential method is a useful approach to consider the anharmonic effect at high temperatures. Numerous reasonable predictions and the change trend of the properties for Rb3C60 at high temperature and pressure have been given.

  16. Spectromicroscopy of C60 and azafullerene C59N: Identifying surface adsorbed water

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    Erbahar, Dogan; Susi, Toma; Rocquefelte, Xavier; Bittencourt, Carla; Scardamaglia, Mattia; Blaha, Peter; Guttmann, Peter; Rotas, Georgios; Tagmatarchis, Nikos; Zhu, Xiaohui; Hitchcock, Adam P.; Ewels, Chris P.

    2016-10-01

    C60 fullerene crystals may serve as important catalysts for interstellar organic chemistry. To explore this possibility, the electronic structures of free-standing powders of C60 and (C59N)2 azafullerenes are characterized using X-ray microscopy with near-edge X-ray adsorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, closely coupled with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. This is supported with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements and associated core-level shift DFT calculations. We compare the oxygen 1s spectra from oxygen impurities in C60 and C59N, and calculate a range of possible oxidized and hydroxylated structures and associated formation barriers. These results allow us to propose a model for the oxygen present in these samples, notably the importance of water surface adsorption and possible ice formation. Water adsorption on C60 crystal surfaces may prove important for astrobiological studies of interstellar amino acid formation.

  17. Evaluation of C60 secondary ion mass spectrometry for the chemical analysis and imaging of fingerprints.

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    Sisco, Edward; Demoranville, Leonard T; Gillen, Greg

    2013-09-10

    The feasibility of using C60(+) cluster primary ion bombardment secondary ion mass spectrometry (C60(+) SIMS) for the analysis of the chemical composition of fingerprints is evaluated. It was found that C60(+) SIMS could be used to detect and image the spatial localization of a number of sebaceous and eccrine components in fingerprints. These analyses were also found to not be hindered by the use of common latent print powder development techniques. Finally, the ability to monitor the depth distribution of fingerprint constituents was found to be possible - a capability which has not been shown using other chemical imaging techniques. This paper illustrates a number of strengths and potential weaknesses of C60(+) SIMS as an additional or complimentary technique for the chemical analysis of fingerprints.

  18. Surfactant-Triggered Nanoarchitectonics of Fullerene C60 Crystals at a Liquid-Liquid Interface.

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    Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Shrestha, Rekha Goswami; Hill, Jonathan P; Tsuruoka, Tohru; Ji, Qingmin; Nishimura, Toshiyuki; Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2016-11-29

    Here, we report the structural and morphological modulation of fullerene C60 crystals induced by nonionic surfactants diglycerol monolaurate (C12G2) and monomyristate (C14G2). C60 crystals synthesized at a liquid-liquid interface comprising isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and a saturated solution of C60 in ethylbenzene (EB) exhibited a one-dimensional (1D) morphology with well-defined faceted structure. Average length and diameter of the faceted rods were ca. 4.8 μm and 747 nm, respectively. Powder X-ray diffraction pattern (pXRD) confirmed a hexagonal-close packed (hcp) structure with cell dimensions ca. a = 2.394 nm and c = 1.388 nm. The 1D rod morphology of C60 crystals was transformed into "Konpeito candy-like" crystals (average diameter ca. 1.2 μm) when the C60 crystals were grown in the presence of C12G2 or C14G2 surfactant (1%) in EB. The pXRD spectra of "Konpeito-like" crystals could be assigned to the face-centered cubic (fcc) phase with cell dimensions ca. a = 1.4309 nm (for C12G2) and a = 1.4318 nm (for C14G2). However, clusters or aggregates of C60 lacking a uniform morphology were observed at lower surfactant concentrations (0.1%), although these crystals exhibited an fcc crystal structure. The self-assembled 1D faceted C60 crystals and "Konpeito-like" C60 crystals exhibited intense photoluminescence (PL) (∼35 times greater than pC60) and a blue-shifted PL intensity maximum (∼15 nm) compared to those of pC60, demonstrating the potential use of this method for the control of the optoelectronic properties of fullerene nanostructures. The "Konpeito-like" crystals were transformed into high surface area nanoporous carbon with a graphitic microstructure upon heat-treatment at 2000 °C. The heat-treated samples showed enhanced electrochemical supercapacitance performance (specific capacitance is ca. 175 F g(-1), which is about 20 times greater than pC60) with long cyclic stability demonstrating the potential of the materials in supercapacitor device

  19. Polymorphism control of superconductivity and magnetism in Cs(3)C(60) close to the Mott transition.

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    Ganin, Alexey Y; Takabayashi, Yasuhiro; Jeglic, Peter; Arcon, Denis; Potocnik, Anton; Baker, Peter J; Ohishi, Yasuo; McDonald, Martin T; Tzirakis, Manolis D; McLennan, Alec; Darling, George R; Takata, Masaki; Rosseinsky, Matthew J; Prassides, Kosmas

    2010-07-08

    The crystal structure of a solid controls the interactions between the electronically active units and thus its electronic properties. In the high-temperature superconducting copper oxides, only one spatial arrangement of the electronically active Cu(2+) units-a two-dimensional square lattice-is available to study the competition between the cooperative electronic states of magnetic order and superconductivity. Crystals of the spherical molecular C(60)(3-) anion support both superconductivity and magnetism but can consist of fundamentally distinct three-dimensional arrangements of the anions. Superconductivity in the A(3)C(60) (A = alkali metal) fullerides has been exclusively associated with face-centred cubic (f.c.c.) packing of C(60)(3-) (refs 2, 3), but recently the most expanded (and thus having the highest superconducting transition temperature, T(c); ref. 4) composition Cs(3)C(60) has been isolated as a body-centred cubic (b.c.c.) packing, which supports both superconductivity and magnetic order. Here we isolate the f.c.c. polymorph of Cs(3)C(60) to show how the spatial arrangement of the electronically active units controls the competing superconducting and magnetic electronic ground states. Unlike all the other f.c.c. A(3)C(60) fullerides, f.c.c. Cs(3)C(60) is not a superconductor but a magnetic insulator at ambient pressure, and becomes superconducting under pressure. The magnetic ordering occurs at an order of magnitude lower temperature in the geometrically frustrated f.c.c. polymorph (Néel temperature T(N) = 2.2 K) than in the b.c.c.-based packing (T(N) = 46 K). The different lattice packings of C(60)(3-) change T(c) from 38 K in b.c.c. Cs(3)C(60) to 35 K in f.c.c. Cs(3)C(60) (the highest found in the f.c.c. A(3)C(60) family). The existence of two superconducting packings of the same electronically active unit reveals that T(c) scales universally in a structure-independent dome-like relationship with proximity to the Mott metal-insulator transition

  20. Gas-phase Absorptions of C60+: A New Comparison with Astronomical Measurements

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    Walker, G. A. H.; Campbell, E. K.; Maier, J. P.; Bohlender, D.; Malo, L.

    2016-11-01

    Campbell et al. recently revised, by a few tenths of an Å, the wavelengths for their low-temperature laboratory measurements of fullerene {{{C}}}60+ bands. This accounts for the perturbation caused by the He atom to the {{{C}}}60+{--}{He} spectrum. Here, we demonstrate that the revised laboratory wavelengths improve coincidence with the 9632, 9577, 9428, 9365, and 9348 diffuse interstellar bands detected towards the stars HD 46711, HD 169454, and HD 183143.

  1. Ground State Reactions of nC60 with Free Chlorine in Water.

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    Wu, Jiewei; Benoit, Denise; Lee, Seung Soo; Li, Wenlu; Fortner, John D

    2016-01-19

    Facile, photoenhanced transformations of water-stable C60 aggregates (nC60) to oxidized, soluble fullerene derivatives, have been described as key processes in understanding the ultimate environmental fate of fullerene based materials. In contrast, fewer studies have evaluated the aqueous reactivity of nC60 during ground-state conditions (i.e., dark conditions). Herein, this study identifies and characterizes the physicochemical transformations of C60 (as nC60 suspensions) in the presence of free chlorine, a globally used chemical oxidant, in the absence of light under environmentally relevant conditions. Results show that nC60 undergoes significant oxidation in the presence of free chlorine and the oxidation reaction rates increase with free chlorine concentration while being inversely related to solution pH. Product characterization by FTIR, XPS, Raman Spectroscopy, TEM, XRD, TOC, collectively demonstrates that oxidized C60 derivatives are readily formed in the presence of free chlorine with extensive covalent oxygen and even chlorine additions, and behave as soft (or loose) clusters in solution. Aggregation kinetics, as a function of pH and ionic strength/type, show a significant increase in product stabilities for all cases evaluated, even at pH values approaching 1. As expected with increased (surface) oxidation, classic Kow partitioning studies indicate that product clusters are relatively more hydrophilic than parent (reactant) nC60. Taken together, this work highlights the importance of understanding nanomaterial reactivity and the identification of corresponding stable daughter products, which are likely to differ significantly from parent material properties and behaviors.

  2. Multichromophoric Perylenediimide-Silicon Phthalocyanine-C60 System as an Artificial Photosynthetic Analogue.

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    Martín-Gomis, Luis; Peralta-Ruiz, Francisco; Thomas, Michael B; Fernández-Lázaro, Fernando; D'Souza, Francis; Sastre-Santos, Ángela

    2017-03-17

    Sequential photoinduced energy transfer followed by electron transfer and the formation of charge-separated states, which are primary events of natural photosynthesis, have been demonstrated in a newly synthesized multichromophoric covalently linked triad, PDI-SiPc-C60 . The triad comprises a perylenediimide (PDI), which primarily fulfils antenna and electron-acceptor functionalities, silicon phthalocyanine (SiPc) as an electron donor, and fulleropyrrolidine (C60 ) as a second electron acceptor. The multi-step convergent synthetic procedure developed here produced good yields of the triad and control dyads, PDI-SiPc and SiPc-C60 . The structures and geometries of the newly synthesized donor-acceptor systems have been established from spectral, computational, and electrochemical studies with reference to appropriate control compounds. Ultrafast energy transfer from (1) PDI* to SiPc in the case of PDI-SiPc and PDI-SiPc-C60 was witnessed. An energy-level diagram established from spectral and electrochemical data suggested the formation of two types of charge-separated states, that is, PDI-SiPc(.+) -C60(.-) and PDI(.-) -SiPc(.+) -C60 from the (1) SiPc* in the triad, with generation of the latter being energetically more favorable. However, photochemical studies involving femtosecond transient spectroscopy revealed the formation of PDI-SiPc(.+) -C60(.-) as a major charge-separated product. This observation may be rationalized in terms of the closer spatial proximity to SiPc of C60 compared to PDI in the triad. The charge-separated state persisted for a few nanoseconds prior to populating the (3) SiPc* state during charge recombination.

  3. Biodistribution and tumor uptake of C60(OH) x in mice

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    Ji, Zhi Qiang; Sun, Hongfang; Wang, Haifang; Xie, Qunying; Liu, Yuangfang; Wang, Zheng

    2006-02-01

    Radiolabeling of fullerol, 125I-C60(OH) x , was performed by the traditional chloramine-T method. The C-I covalent bond in I-C60(OH) x was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) that was sufficiently stable for in vivo study. Laser light scattering spectroscopy clearly showed that C60(OH) x aggregated to large nanoparticle clumps with a wide range of distribution. The clumps formed were also visualized by transmission electron microscope (TEM). We examined the biodistribution and tumor uptake of C60(OH) x in five mouse bearing tumor models, including mouse H22 hepatocarcinoma, human lung giantcellcarcinoma PD, human colon cancer HCT-8, human gastric cancer MGC803, and human OS732 osteosarcoma. The accumulation ratios of 125I-C60(OH) x in mouse H22 hepatocarcinoma to that in normal muscle tissue (T/N) and blood (T/B) at 1, 6, 24 and 72 h, reveal that 125I-C60(OH) x gradually accumulates in H22 tumor, and retains for a quite long period (e.g., T/N 3.41, T/B 3.94 at 24 h). For the other four tumor models, the T/N ratio at 24 h ranges within 1.21-6.26, while the T/B ratio ranges between 1.23 and 4.73. The accumulation of C60(OH) x in tumor is mostly due to the enhanced permeability and retention effect (EPR) and the phagocytosis of mononuclear phagocytes. Hence, C60(OH) x might serve as a photosensitizer in the photodynamic therapy of some kinds of tumor.

  4. Excess electron is trapped in a large single molecular cage C60F60.

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    Wang, Yin-Feng; Li, Zhi-Ru; Wu, Di; Sun, Chia-Chung; Gu, Feng-Long

    2010-01-15

    A new kind of solvated electron systems, sphere-shaped e(-)@C60F60 (I(h)) and capsule-shaped e(-)@C60F60 (D6h), in contrast to the endohedral complex M@C60, is represented at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) + dBF (diffusive basis functions) density functional theory. It is proven, by examining the singly occupied molecular orbital (SOMO) and the spin density map of e(-)@C60F60, that the excess electron is indeed encapsulated inside the C60F60 cage. The shape of the electron cloud in SOMO matches with the shape of C60F60 cage. These cage-like single molecular solvated electrons have considerably large vertical electron detachment energies VDE of 4.95 (I(h)) and 4.67 eV (D6h) at B3LYP/6-31+G(3df) + dBF level compared to the VDE of 3.2 eV for an electron in bulk water (Coe et al., Int Rev Phys Chem 2001, 20, 33) and that of 3.66 eV for e(-)@C20F20 (Irikura, J Phys Chem A 2008, 112, 983), which shows their higher stability. The VDE of the sphere-shaped e(-)@C60F60 (I(h)) is greater than that of the capsule-shaped e(-)@C60F60 (D6h), indicating that the excess electron prefers to reside in the cage with the higher symmetry to form the more stable solvated electron. It is also noticed that the cage size [7.994 (I(h)), 5.714 and 9.978 A (D6h) in diameter] is much larger than that (2.826 A) of (H2O)20- dodecahedral cluster (Khan, Chem Phys Lett 2005, 401, 85).

  5. Influence of CO molecular impurity on the structural and thermodynamic properties of fullerite C60, in a broad range of sorption temperatures

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    Meleshko, V. V.; Legchenkova, I. V.; Stetsenko, Y. E.; Prokhvatilov, A. I.

    2016-02-01

    An x-ray diffraction study of how sorption of CO gas at a pressure of 30 atm in the temperature range of 150-600 °C influences the structural characteristics of polycrystalline and single crystal fullerite C60. The sorption kinetics are studied by constructing a dependence of the lattice parameter on the time it takes for fullerite to be saturated by CO molecules. At temperatures Tsorb > 300 °C there is an observed dissociation of carbon monoxide, accompanied by the precipitation of carbon powder and the chemical interaction of atomic oxygen with C60 and CO molecules, and possibly with the carbon condensate. These processes have a strong influence on the structural characteristics of fullerite, thus creating, in part, a nonmonotonic dependence of the parameter and lattice matrix volume on the impurity saturation temperature. The concentrations of solid solutions C60(CO)x poly- and single crystal samples are determined in the physisorption range for two modes (150 and 250 °C). It is found that the CO impurity has a linear effect on the lattice parameter and the temperature of the orientational transition of fullerite C60.

  6. C_60/Ferromagnet Composites: Observation of a Temperature-Dependent Crossover from Negative to Positive Magnetoresistance

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    Hudspeth, Q. M.; Arnason, S. B.; Hebard, A. F.

    2001-03-01

    In this work we report on the fabrication and characterization of composite thin films (M_xC_60) of C_60 with ferromagnetic metals (M). Magnetoresistance (MR) measurements will be presented for Ni_xC_60 samples with x in the range 20 - 90. A change in MR from negative (characteristic of pure Ni) at high temperatures to positive at low temperatures is observed as the sample temperature is decreased from 300 to 2 K. This crossover from negative to positive MR is similar to that seen below 1 K in phosphorous-doped silicon[1], and more recently at higher temperatures in Fe_1-yCo_ySi[2] and is attributed to quantum interference effects in the presence of Coulomb interactions with spin splitting. This interpretation can be tested for the M_xC_60 composites by comparing the MR of M_xC_60 (M= Fe, Co, Ni) with Gd_xC_60. In the Gd composite we would expect the positive MR to be absent since magnetism in Gd arises from local moments and the carriers are no longer responsible for both magnetism and conduction as they are in Fe_1-yCo_ySi. [1] T. F. Rosenbaum et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 47, 1758 (1981). [2] N. Manyala, et al., Nature 404, 581 (2000).

  7. Fabrication of filamentary potassium-doped C 60 superconductors by suspension spinning method

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    Goto, T.; Maezawa, M.

    2004-10-01

    This paper describes the preparation of filamentary potassium-doped C 60 superconductors prepared by the suspension spinning method. Commercial C 60 powder was suspended in mixed poly(vinyl alcohol) solution of dimethyl sulfoxide and hexamethylphosphoric triamide (sample A). The viscous suspension was extruded as a filament into a precipitating medium of methyl alcohol and coiled on a drum. The filamentary sample was also prepared by the suspension spinning by using polyacrylonitrile solution of N, N-dimethylformamide (sample B). The samples were pyrolyzed to remove volatile components. Doping of potassium for the samples was prepared as following: At first, powder samples of nominal composition K 6C 60 was prepared by reaction of C 60 with excess potassium. The K 6C 60 powder and filamentary sample with stoichiometric ratio of K 3C 60 were placed in Pyrex glass tubes and vacuum-sealed and heated at 250 °C for 36 h. SQUID measurement shows the superconductivity of sample B with Tc=18 K. On the other hand, the superconductivity more than 2 K was not detected for sample A.

  8. Non-detection of C60 fullerene at two mass extinction horizons

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    Carrasquillo, Anthony J.; Cao, Changqun; Erwin, Douglas H.; Summons, Roger E.

    2016-03-01

    Fullerene (C60) have been reported in a number of geologic samples and, in some cases, attributed to carbonaceous materials delivered during bolide impact events. The extraction and detection of C60 poses significant analytical challenges, and some studies have been called into question due to the possibility of C60 forming in situ. Here, we extracted samples taken from the Permian-Triassic boundary section in Meishan, South China and the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary exposed at Stevns Klint, Denmark, and analyzed the residues using a fast and reliable method for quantifying C60. Extraction of both whole rock and completely demineralized samples were completed under conditions that previously yielded C60 as well as using an optimized approach based on recent literature reports. These extracts were analyzed using mass spectrometry with the soft-ionization techniques, atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) and electrospray ionization (ESI), which have not been shown to form fullerenes in-situ. In no case were we able to detect C60, nor could we corroborate previous reports of its occurrence in these sediments, thereby challenging the utility of fullerene as a proxy for bolide impacts or mass extinction events.

  9. Exploration and characterization of new synthesis methods for C60 colloidal suspensions in water

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    Hilburn, Martha E.

    Buckminsterfullerene, C60, has been used in the production of several commercial products from badminton racquets and lubricants for their mechanical properties to cosmetics and even dietary supplements for their "antioxidant" properties. Multi-ton production of C60 began in 2003 encouraging serious consideration of its fate in the environment in the case of an accidental release or improper disposal. Although C60 is practically insoluble in water, it readily forms stable aqueous colloidal suspensions (termed nC60) through solvent exchange methods or long-term vigorous stirring in water. Two new solvent exchange methods for synthesizing nC60 are presented. These methods combine key advantages of multiple existing synthesis methods including high yield, narrow particle size distribution, short synthesis time, and an absence of solvents such as tetrahydrofuran that have historically caused problems in laboratory synthesized aggregates. The resulting samples are attractive candidates for use in controlled environmental impact, biological, and toxicity studies. An improved method for quantifying residual solvents in nC60 samples utilizing solid phase micro extraction gas chromatography mass spectrometry (SPME-GC-MS) is also discussed.

  10. Buckminsterfullerene's (C60) octanol-water partition coefficient (Kow) and aqueous solubility.

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    Jafvert, Chad T; Kulkarni, Pradnya P

    2008-08-15

    To assess the risk and fate of fullerene C60 in the environment, its water solubility and partition coefficients in various systems are useful. In this study, the log Kow of C60 was measured to be 6.67, and the toluene-water partition coefficient was measured at log Ktw = 8.44. From these values and the respective solubilities of C60 in water-saturated octanol and water-saturated toluene, C60's aqueous solubility was calculated at 7.96 ng/L(1.11 x 10(-11) M) for the organic solvent-saturated aqueous phase. Additionally, the solubility of C60 was measured in mixtures of ethanol-water and tetrahydrofuran-water and modeled with Wohl's equation to confirm the accuracy of the calculated solubility value. Results of a generator column experiment strongly support the hypothesis that clusters form at aqueous concentrations below or near this calculated solubility. The Kow value is compared to those of other hydrophobic organic compounds, and bioconcentration factors for C60 were estimated on the basis of Kow.

  11. Preparation of C60 Nanowhiskers-SnO2 Nanocomposites and Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Dyes.

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    Park, Hae Soo; Ko, Weon Bae

    2015-10-01

    C60 nanowhiskers were prepared using a liquid-liquid interfacial precipitation (LLIP) method. Tin oxide (SnO2) nanoparticles were synthesized by a reaction of tin (IV) chloride pentahydrate with ammonium nitrate in an electric furnace. The C60 nanowhiskers-SnO2 nanocomposites were calcined in an electric furnace at 700 °C under an inert argon gas atmosphere for 2 h. The crystallinity, morphology and optical properties of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry. The photocatalytic activity of the C60 nanowhiskers-SnO2 nanocomposites in the degradation of the organic dyes, such as methylene blue, methyl orange, rhodamine B, and brilliant green, under ultraviolet light at 254 nm by UV-vis spectrophotometry was evaluated and compared with that of C60 nanowhiskers and SnO2 nanoparticles. The experimental results showed that C60 nanowhiskers-SnO2 nanocomposites exhibited remarkably higher photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes compared to C60 nanowhiskers and SnO2 nanoparticles.

  12. Potential Suppressive Effects of Two C60 Fullerene Derivatives on Acquired Immunity

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    Hirai, Toshiro; Yoshioka, Yasuo; Udaka, Asako; Uemura, Eiichiro; Ohe, Tomoyuki; Aoshima, Hisae; Gao, Jian-Qing; Kokubo, Ken; Oshima, Takumi; Nagano, Kazuya; Higashisaka, Kazuma; Mashino, Tadahiko; Tsutsumi, Yasuo

    2016-10-01

    The therapeutic effects of fullerene derivatives on many models of inflammatory disease have been demonstrated. The anti-inflammatory mechanisms of these nanoparticles remain to be elucidated, though their beneficial roles in allergy and autoimmune diseases suggest their suppressive potential in acquired immunity. Here, we evaluated the effects of C60 pyrrolidine tris-acid (C60-P) and polyhydroxylated fullerene (C60(OH)36) on the acquired immune response in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, both C60 derivatives had dose-dependent suppressive effects on T cell receptor-mediated activation of T cells and antibody production by B cells under anti-CD40/IL-4 stimulation, similar to the actions of the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine. In addition, C60-P suppressed ovalbumin-specific antibody production and ovalbumin-specific T cell responses in vivo, although T cell-independent antibodies responses were not affected by C60-P. Together, our data suggest that fullerene derivatives can suppress acquired immune responses that require T cells.

  13. C60 aminofullerene immobilized on silica as a visible-light-activated photocatalyst.

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    Lee, Jaesang; Mackeyev, Yuri; Cho, Min; Wilson, Lon J; Kim, Jae-Hong; Alvarez, Pedro J J

    2010-12-15

    A new strategy is described to immobilize photoactive C(60) aminofullerene on silica gel (3-(2-succinic anhydride)propyl functionalized silica), thus enabling facile separation of the photocatalyst for recycling and repeated use. An organic linker moiety containing an amide group was used to anchor C(60) aminofullerene to the functionalized silica support. The linker moiety prevents aqueous C(60) aggregation/agglomeration (shown by TEM images), resulting in a remarkable enhancement of photochemical (1)O(2) production under visible light irradiation. With no loss in efficacy of (1)O(2) production plus insignificant chemical modification of the aminoC(60)/silica photocatalyst after multiple cycling, the system offers a promising new visible-light-activated photocatalyst. Under visible-light irradiation, the aminoC(60)/silica photocatalyst is capable of effective and kinetically enhanced oxidation of Ranitidine and Cimetidine (pharmaceutical pollutants) and inactivation of MS-2 bacteriophage compared to aqueous solutions of the C(60) aminofullerene alone. Thus, this photocatalyst could enable water treatment in less developed areas by alleviating dependence on major infrastructure, including the need for electricity.

  14. The applications of buckminsterfullerene C60 and derivatives in orthopaedic research

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    Liu, Qihai; Cui, Quanjun; Li, Xudong Joshua; Jin, Li

    2014-01-01

    Buckminsterfullerene C60 and derivatives have been extensively explored in biomedical research due to their unique structure and unparalleled physicochemical properties. C60 is characterized as a “free radical sponge” with an anti-oxidant efficacy several hundred-fold higher than conventional anti-oxidants. Also, the C60 core has a strong electron-attracting ability and numerous functional compounds with widely different properties can be added to this fullerene cage. This review focused on the applications of C60 and derivatives in orthopaedic research, such as the treatment of cartilage degeneration, bone destruction, intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD), vertebral bone marrow disorder, radiculopathy, etc., as well as their toxicity in vitro and in vivo. We suggest that C60 and derivatives, especially the C60 cores coupled with functional groups presenting new biological and pharmacological activities, are advantageous in orthopaedic research and will be promising in clinical performance for musculoskeletal disorders treatment; however, the pharmacokinetics and toxicology of these agents as local/systemic administration need to be carefully determined. PMID:24409811

  15. Electric-dipole-coupled H2O@C60 dimer: Translation-rotation eigenstates from twelve-dimensional quantum calculations

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    Felker, Peter M.; Bačić, Zlatko

    2017-02-01

    We report on variational solutions to the twelve-dimensional (12D) Schrödinger equation appertaining to the translation-rotation (TR) eigenstates of H2O@C60 dimer, associated with the quantized "rattling" motions of the two encapsulated H2O molecules. Both H2O and C60 moieties are treated as rigid and the cage-cage geometry is taken to be fixed. We consider the TR eigenstates of H2O@C60 monomers in the dimer to be coupled by the electric dipole-dipole interaction between water moieties and develop expressions for computing the matrix elements of that interaction in a dimer basis composed of products of monomer 6D TR eigenstates reported by us recently [P. M. Felker and Z. Bačić, J. Chem. Phys. 144, 201101 (2016)]. We use these expressions to compute TR Hamiltonian matrices of H2O@C60 dimer for two values of the water dipole moment and for various dimer geometries. 12D TR eigenstates of the dimer are then obtained by filter diagonalization. The results reveal two classes of eigenstates, distinguished by the leading order (first or second) at which dipole-dipole coupling contributes to them. The two types of eigenstates differ in the general magnitude of their dipole-induced energy shifts and in the dependence of those shifts on the value of the water dipole moment and on the distance between the H2O@C60 monomers. The dimer results are also found to be markedly insensitive to any change in the orientations of the C60 cages. Finally, the results lend some support for the interpretation that electric dipole-dipole coupling is at least partially responsible for the apparent reduced-symmetry environment experienced by H2O in the powder samples of H2O@C60 [K. S. K. Goh et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16, 21330 (2014)], but only if the water dipole is taken to have a magnitude close to that of free water. The methodology developed in the paper is transferable directly to the calculation of TR eigenstates of larger H2O@C60 assemblies, that will be required for more

  16. Resonant core spectroscopies of the charge transfer interactions between C60 and the surfaces of Au(111), Ag(111), Cu(111) and Pt(111)

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    Gibson, Andrew J.; Temperton, Robert H.; Handrup, Karsten; O'Shea, James N.

    2017-03-01

    Charge transfer interactions between C60 and the metal surfaces of Ag(111), Cu(111), Au(111) and Pt(111) have been studied using synchrotron-based photoemission, resonant photoemission and X-ray absorption spectroscopies. By placing the X-ray absorption and valence band spectra on a common binding energy scale, the energetic overlap of the unoccupied molecular orbitals with the density of states of the underlying metal surface have been assessed in the context of possible charge transfer pathways. Resonant photoemission and resonant Auger data, measuring the valence region as a function of photon energy for C60 adsorbed on Au(111) reveals three constant high kinetic energy features associated with Auger-like core-hole decay involving an electron transferred from the surface to the LUMO of the molecule and electrons from the three highest occupied molecular orbitals, respectively and in the presence of ultra-fast charge transfer of the originally photoexcited molecule to the surface. Data for the C60/Ag(111) surface reveals an additional Auger-like feature arising from a core-hole decay process involving more than one electron transferred from the surface into the LUMO. An analysis of the relative abundance of these core-hole decay channels estimates that on average 2.4 ± 0.3 electrons are transferred from the Ag(111) surface into the LUMO. A core-hole clock analysis has also been applied to assess the charge transfer coupling in the other direction, from the molecule to the Au(111) and Ag(111) surfaces. Resonant photoemission and resonant Auger data for C60 molecules adsorbed on the Pt(111) and Cu(111) surfaces are shown to exhibit no super-Auger features, which is attributed to the strong modification of the unoccupied molecular orbitals arising from stronger chemical coupling of the molecule to the surface.

  17. Parallel detection, quantification, and depth profiling of peptides with dynamic-secondary ion mass spectrometry (D-SIMS) ionized by C60(+)-Ar(+) co-sputtering.

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    Chang, Chi-Jen; Chang, Hsun-Yun; You, Yun-Wen; Liao, Hua-Yang; Kuo, Yu-Ting; Kao, Wei-Lun; Yen, Guo-Ji; Tsai, Meng-Hung; Shyue, Jing-Jong

    2012-03-09

    Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) using pulsed C(60)(+) primary ions is a promising technique for analyzing biological specimens with high surface sensitivities. With molecular secondary ions of high masses, multiple molecules can be identified simultaneously without prior separation or isotope labeling. Previous reports using the C(60)(+) primary ion have been based on static-SIMS, which makes depth profiling complicated. Therefore, a dynamic-SIMS technique is reported here. Mixed peptides in the cryoprotectant trehalose were used as a model for evaluating the parameters that lead to the parallel detection and quantification of biomaterials. Trehalose was mixed separately with different concentrations of peptides. The peptide secondary ion intensities (normalized with respect to those of trehalose) were directly proportional to their concentration in the matrix (0.01-2.5 mol%). Quantification curves for each peptide were generated by plotting the percentage of peptides in trehalose versus the normalized SIMS intensities. Using these curves, the parallel detection, identification, and quantification of multiple peptides was achieved. Low energy Ar(+) was used to co-sputter and ionize the peptide-doped trehalose sample to suppress the carbon deposition associated with C(60)(+) bombardment, which suppressed the ion intensities during the depth profiling. This co-sputtering technique yielded steadier molecular ion intensities than when using a single C(60)(+) beam. In other words, co-sputtering is suitable for the depth profiling of thick specimens. In addition, the smoother surface generated by co-sputtering yielded greater depth resolution than C(60)(+) sputtering. Furthermore, because C(60)(+) is responsible for generating the molecular ions, the dosage of the auxiliary Ar(+) does not significantly affect the quantification curves.

  18. Significant negative differential resistance predicted in scanning tunneling spectroscopy for a C60 monolayer on a metal surface

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    Shi, X. Q.; Pai, Woei Wu; Xiao, X. D.; Cerdá, J. I.; Zhang, R. Q.; Minot, C.; van Hove, M. A.

    2009-08-01

    We theoretically predict the occurrence of negative differential resistance (NDR) in scanning tunneling spectroscopy for a pure C60 monolayer deposited on a metal surface using metal tips, namely, on a Cu(111) surface and using various W tips. It is proposed that the likely reason why NDR has not been observed under such conditions is that NDR can be reduced if an oxidized or Cu-terminated tip is used. A detailed decomposition of the total tunneling current into its contributions from individual molecular orbitals reveals that only some of the orbitals on the tip and on the C60 can be “matched up” to give a contribution to the current and that the NDR is a consequence of the mismatch between these specific orbitals within particular ranges of bias voltage. Moreover, the NDR characteristics, including the peak positions and the peak-to-valley ratios, are found to depend on the tip material, tip geometry, and tip-to-molecule position.

  19. Rotational motion of a single water molecule in a buckyball.

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    Farimani, A Barati; Wu, Yanbin; Aluru, N R

    2013-11-07

    Encapsulation of a single water molecule in a buckyball (C60) can provide fundamental insights into the properties of water. Investigation of a single water molecule is feasible through its solitary confinement in C60. In this paper, we performed a detailed study of the properties and dynamics of a single water molecule in a buckyball using DFT and MD simulations. We report on the enhancement of rotational diffusion and entropy of a water molecule in C60, compared to a bulk water molecule. H2O@C60 has zero translational diffusion and terahertz revolution frequency. The harmonic, high amplitude rotation of a single water molecule in C60 is compared to stochastic behavior of bulk water molecules. The combination of large rotational and negligible translational motion of water in C60 creates new opportunities in nanotechnology applications.

  20. Electron-Phonon Interactions in Field-Effect Doped Layers of Crystalline C_60

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    Romero, Nichols A.; Kim, Jeongnim; Martin, Richard M.

    2002-03-01

    Recent developments [1] have shown that MOS-FET devices can induce 2-D metallic layers in C_60 with a high carrier density. For 2-4 holes per C_60, superconductivity has been observed with transition temperatures Tc as high as 52 K in pure C_60 [1a] and 117 K in intercalated C_60 [1b], the highest Tc reported for any non-copper-oxide superconductor. Density functional calculations [2] have shown that the carriers are confined to 2-D bands, with states that are highly distorted due to the field and 2-D Fermi surfaces that are very sensitive to the orientational order. In this work we study the electron-phonon interactions for the metallic interface states, motivated by the evidence that superconductivity in the bulk is electron-phonon mediated. Calculations are performed with the SIESTA local orbital DFT code [3] for a range of electron and hole densities in various ordered C_60 layers. *Supported by NSF DMR 99-76550 and DOE DEFG-96-ER45439. [1] [a]J. H. Schön, Ch. Kloc and B. Batlogg, Nature 408, 549 (2000); [b] Science 293, 2432 (2001). [2] J. L. Mozos, P. Ordejón and R. Martin, to be published. [3] P. Ordejón E. Artacho, and J. M. Soler, Phys. Rev. B 53, R10441 (1996).

  1. First Production of C60 Nanoparticle Plasma Jet for Study of Disruption Mitigation for ITER

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    Bogatu, I. N.; Thompson, J. R.; Galkin, S. A.; Kim, J. S.; Brockington, S.; Case, A.; Messer, S. J.; Witherspoon, F. D.

    2012-10-01

    Unique fast response and large mass-velocity delivery of nanoparticle plasma jets (NPPJs) provide a novel application for ITER disruption mitigation, runaway electrons diagnostics and deep fueling. NPPJs carry a much larger mass than usual gases. An electromagnetic plasma gun provides a very high injection velocity (many km/s). NPPJ has much higher ram pressure than any standard gas injection method and penetrates the tokamak confining magnetic field. Assimilation is enhanced due to the NP large surface-to-volume ratio. Radially expanding NPPJs help achieving toroidal uniformity of radiation power. FAR-TECH's NPPJ system was successfully tested: a coaxial plasma gun prototype (˜35 cm length, 96 kJ energy) using a solid state TiH2/C60 pulsed power cartridge injector produced a hyper-velocity (>4 km/s), high-density (>10^23 m-3), C60 plasma jet in ˜0.5 ms, with ˜1-2 ms overall response-delivery time. We present the TiH2/C60 cartridge injector output characterization (˜180 mg of sublimated C60 gas) and first production results of a high momentum C60 plasma jet (˜0.6 g.km/s).

  2. nC60 deposition kinetics: the complex contribution of humic acid, ion concentration, and valence.

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    McNew, Coy P; LeBoeuf, Eugene J

    2016-07-01

    The demonstrated toxicity coupled with inevitable environmental release of nC60 raise serious concerns about its environmental fate and transport, therefore it is crucial to understand how nC60 will interact with subsurface materials including attached phase soil and sediment organic matter (AP-SOM). This study investigated the attachment of nC60 onto a Harpeth humic acid (HHA) coated silica surface under various solution conditions using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring. The HHA coating greatly enhanced nC60 attachment at low ion concentrations while hindering attachment at high ion concentrations in the presence of both mono and divalent cations. At low ion concentrations, the HHA greatly reduced the surface potential of the silica, enhancing nC60 deposition through reduction in the electrostatic repulsion. At high ion concentrations however, the reduced surface potential became less important due to the near zero energy barrier to deposition and therefore non-DLVO forces dominated, induced by compaction of the HHA layer, and leading to hindered attachment. In this manner, observed contributions from the HHA layer were more complex than previously reported and by monitoring surface charge and calculated DLVO interaction energy alongside attachment experiments, this study advances the mechanistic understanding of the variable attachment contributions from the humic acid layer.

  3. Nanofibers of fullerene C60 through interplay of ball-and-socket supermolecules.

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    Hubble, Lee J; Raston, Colin L

    2007-01-01

    Mixing solutions of p-tBu-calix[5]arene and C(60) in toluene results in a 1:1 complex (C(60)) intersection(p-tBu-calix[5]arene), which precipitates as nanofibers. The principle structural unit is based on a host-guest ball-and-socket nanostructure of the two components, with an extended structure comprising zigzag/helical arrays of fullerenes (powder X-ray diffraction data coupled with molecular modeling). Under argon at temperatures above 309 degrees C, the fibers undergo selective volatilization of the calixarenes to afford C(60)-core nanostructures encapsulated in a graphitic material sheath, which exhibits a dramatic increase in surface area. Above 650 degrees C the material exhibits an ohmic conductance response, due to the encapsulation process.

  4. C60+ - looking for the bucky-ball in interstellar space

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    Galazutdinov, G. A.; Shimansky, V. V.; Bondar, A.; Valyavin, G.; Krełowski, J.

    2017-03-01

    The laboratory gas-phase spectrum recently published by Campbell et al. has reinvigorated attempts to confirm the presence of the C_{60}^+ cation in the interstellar medium, through an analysis of the spectra of hot, reddened stars. This search is hindered by at least two issues that need to be addressed: (i) the wavelength range of interest is severely polluted by strong water-vapour lines coming from the Earth's atmosphere; (ii) one of the major bands attributed to C_{60}^+, at 9633 Å, is blended with the stellar Mg II line, which is susceptible to non-local thermodynamic equilibrium effects in hot stellar atmospheres. Both these issues are carefully considered here for the first time, based on high-resolution and high signal-to-noise ratio echellé spectra for 19 lines of sight. The result is that the presence of C_{60}^+ in interstellar clouds is brought into question.

  5. Preparation of (99m)Tc-C(60)(OH)(x) and its biodistribution studies.

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    Qingnuan, Li; yan, Xiu; Xiaodong, Zhang; Ruili, Liu; qieqie, Du; Xiaoguang, Shun; Shaoliang, Chen; Wenxin, Li

    2002-08-01

    The biological behavior of fullerene derivatives shows their considerable potential for medical applications. In order to provide a C(60) derivative for biodistriburtion studies, the (99m)Tc-labeling of C(60)(OH)(x) was optimized. Gamma counting and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) were used to assess the biodistribution of the (99m)Tc-labeled compound in mice and rabbits. Biodistribution studies in mice and imaging of rabbits indicated that (99m)Tc-C(60)(OH)(x) was widely distributed in all tissues. A significant percentage of total activity was retained for 48 h, particularly in the kidneys, bone, spleen, and liver. All tissues displayed a slow clearance over 48 h, except for bone, which showed slightly increasing localization within 24 h.

  6. Valence photoelectron spectra of an electron-beam-irradiated C60 film

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    Onoe, Jun; Nakao, Aiko; Hida, Akira

    2004-10-01

    Valence photoelectron spectra of an electron-beam (EB) irradiated C60 film, which exhibited metallic electron-transport properties in air at room temperature, are presented. The electronic structure of the C60 film became closer to that of graphite as the EB-irradiation time increased, and its density of states around the Fermi level was eventually greater than for the graphite. This suggests that the electronic structure of the C60 film changed from a semiconductor to a semimetal and/or metal by EB irradiation. Interestingly, the electronic structure remained metallic even after five days of air exposure, which is the reason for the metallic electron-transport property in our previous report [Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 595 (2003)].

  7. Direct detection of density of gap states in C60 single crystals by photoemission spectroscopy

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    Bussolotti, Fabio; Yang, Janpeng; Hiramoto, Masahiro; Kaji, Toshihiko; Kera, Satoshi; Ueno, Nobuo

    2015-09-01

    We report on the direct and quantitative evaluation of density of gap states (DOGS) in large-size C60 single crystals by using ultralow-background, high-sensitivity ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy. The charging of the crystals during photoionization was overcome using photoconduction induced by simultaneous laser irradiation. By comparison with the spectra of as-deposited and gas exposed C60 thin films the following results were found: (i) The DOGS near the highest occupied molecular orbital edge in the C60 single crystals (1019-1021states e V-1c m-3) mainly originates from the exposure to inert and ambient gas atmosphere during the sample preparation, storage, and transfer; (ii) the contribution of other sources of gap states such as structural imperfections at grain boundaries is negligible (<1018states e V-1c m-3) .

  8. In situ electrical resistance and activation energy of solid C60 under high pressure

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    Yang, Jie; Liu, Cai-Long; Gao, Chun-Xiao

    2013-09-01

    The in situ electrical resistance and transport activation energies of solid C60 fullerene have been measured under high pressure up to 25 GPa in the temperature range of 300-423 K by using a designed diamond anvil cell. In the experiment, four parts of boron-doped diamond films fabricated on one anvil were used as electrical measurement probes and a W—Ta thin film thermocouple which was integrated on the other diamond anvil was used to measure the temperature. The current results indicate that the measured high-pressure resistances are bigger than those reported before at the same pressure and there is no pressure-independent resistance increase before 8 GPa. From the temperature dependence of the resistivity, the C60 behaviors as a semiconductor and the activation energies of the cubic C60 fullerene are 0.49, 0.43, and 0.36 eV at 13, 15, and 19 GPa, respectively.

  9. Simulation of Scan-Directional Dependence of Superlubricity of C60 Molecular Bearings and Graphite

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    Itamura, Noriaki; Miura, Kouji; Sasaki, Naruo

    2009-06-01

    The scan-directional dependence of the superlubricity of a C60 molecular bearing system (graphite/C60/graphite interface) is studied and compared with that of a graphite system (graphite/graphite/graphite interface) by molecular mechanics simulation. The mean lateral force reaches a maximum within a narrow region approximately in the [1010] direction. For other regions, has a nearly constant value of less than 1 pN. In particular, in the [1230] direction, reaches a minimum of nearly zero. It is clarified that reflects the following types of C60 motion: sliding above the carbon bond and a discrete slip to the neighboring AB-stacking position. The load dependence of also exhibits marked anisotropy. The orders of magnitude of the simulated friction coefficients are comparable to those obtained in our previous experiments.

  10. Temporal Changes in Aqu/C60 Physical-Chemical, Deposition, and Transport Characteristics in Aqueous Systems

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    Little is known about how temporal changes in the physical–chemical properties of C60 aggregates formed in aqueous systems (termed aqu/C60) can impact transport pathways contributing to ecological exposures. In this study three aqu/C60 suspensions of short-term (100 days), interm...

  11. Theoretical prediction of the host-guest interactions between novel photoresponsive nanorings and C60: a strategy for facile encapsulation and release of fullerene.

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    Yuan, Kun; Dang, Jing-Shuang; Guo, Yi-Jun; Zhao, Xiang

    2015-03-30

    A series of photoresponsive-group-containing nanorings hosts with 12∼14 Å in diameter is designed by introducing different number of azo groups as the structural composition units. And the host-guest interactions between fullerene C60 and those nanoring hosts were investigated theoretically at M06-2X/6-31G(d)//M06-L/MIDI! and wB97X-D/6-31G(d) levels. Analysis on geometrical characteristics and host-guest binding energies revealed that the designed nanoring molecule (labeled as 7) which is composed by seven azo groups and seven phenyls is the most feasible host for encapsulation of C60 guest among all candidates. Moreover, inferring from the simulated UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, the C60 guest could be facilely released from the cavity of the host 7 via configuration transformation between trans-form and cis-form of the host under the 563 nm photoirradiation. Additionally, the frontier orbital features, weak interaction regions, infrared, and NMR spectra of the C60@7 host-guest complex have also been investigated theoretically.

  12. Structural and elastic anisotropy of carbon phases prepared from fullerite C60

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    Lyapin, A. G.; Mukhamadiarov, V. V.; Brazhkin, V. V.; Popova, S. V.; Kondrin, M. V.; Sadykov, R. A.; Tat'yanin, E. V.; Bayliss, S. C.; Sapelkin, A. V.

    2003-11-01

    We show that application of nonhydrostatic pressure to cluster-based molecular material, like fullerite C60, provides an opportunity to create elastically and structurally anisotropic carbon materials, including two-dimensional polymerized rhombohedral C60 and superhard graphite-type (sp2) disordered atomic-based phases. There is direct correlation between textured polymerized and/or textured covalent structure and anisotropic elasticity. Whereas this anisotropy is induced by the uniaxial pressure component, in the case of disordered atomic-based phases, it may be governed by the uniform pressure magnitude.

  13. Influence of C60 co-deposition on the growth kinetics of diindenoperylene-From rapid roughening to layer-by-layer growth in blended organic films

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    Lorch, C.; Novák, J.; Banerjee, R.; Weimer, S.; Dieterle, J.; Frank, C.; Hinderhofer, A.; Gerlach, A.; Carla, F.; Schreiber, F.

    2017-02-01

    We investigated the growth of the two phase-separating materials diindenoperylene (DIP) and buckminsterfullerene C60 with different mixing ratio in real-time and in situ by X-ray scattering experiments. We found that at room temperature, mixtures with an excess of DIP show a growth mode which is very close to the perfect layer-by-layer limit with DIP crystallites forming over the entire film thickness. An unexpected increase in the island size is observed for these mixtures as a function of film thickness. On the other hand, equimolar and C60 dominated mixtures grow with poor crystallinity but form very smooth films. Additionally, it is observed that higher substrate temperatures lead to an increase in the length scale of phase separation with film thickness.

  14. Single-crystalline C60 nanostructures by sonophysical preparation: tuning hollow nanobowls as catalyst supports for methanol oxidation.

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    Zhang, Yang; Jiang, Lang; Li, Hui; Fan, Louzhen; Hu, Wenping; Wang, Chunru; Li, Yongfang; Yang, Shihe

    2011-04-18

    Large-scale single-crystalline hollow nanobowls of pure C(60) were prepared by applying a sonophysical strategy in a binary organic solution. Through the simple adjustment of the concentration of the C(60) /m-xylene solution and the volume ratio of m-xylene to acetonitrile, C(60) nanorings, nanoplates, nanorods, and nanowires were also selectively synthesized. The promise of the C(60) hollow structures as Pt catalyst supports is heightened by the significantly enhanced catalytic activity toward methanol oxidation for a given amount of C(60) used, which demonstrates their potential application in fuel cells.

  15. Effect of Humic Acid and Sunlight on the Generation of aqu/C60

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    Little is known about the effect of sunlight and natural organic matter, such as humic acid, on the aqueous suspension of fullerene C60. This knowledge gap limits our ability to determine the environmental impact of potential environmental releases of these materials. Aqueous sus...

  16. A BPTTF-based self-assembled electron-donating triangle capable of C60 binding.

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    Goeb, Sébastien; Bivaud, Sébastien; Dron, Paul Ionut; Balandier, Jean-Yves; Chas, Marcos; Sallé, Marc

    2012-03-25

    A kinetically stable self-assembled redox-active triangle is isolated. The resulting electron-donating cavity, which incorporates three BPTTF units, exhibits a remarkable binding ability for electron-deficient C(60), supported by a favorable combination of structural and electronic features.

  17. C60 Recognition from Extended Tetrathiafulvalene Bis-acetylide Platinum(II) Complexes.

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    Bastien, Guillaume; Dron, Paul I; Vincent, Manon; Canevet, David; Allain, Magali; Goeb, Sébastien; Sallé, Marc

    2016-11-18

    The favorable spatial organization imposed by the square planar 4,4'-di(tert-butyl)-2,2'-bipyridine (dbbpy) platinum(II) complex associated with the electronic and shape complementarity of π-extended tetrathiafulvalene derivatives (exTTF) toward fullerenes is usefully exploited to construct molecular tweezers, which display good affinities for C60.

  18. A new way to synthesize superconducting metal-intercalated C60 and FeSe

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    Takahei, Yuuki; Tomita, Keitaro; Itoh, Yugo; Ashida, Keishi; Lee, Ji-Hyun; Nishimoto, Naoki; Kimura, Takumi; Kudo, Kazutaka; Nohara, Minoru; Kubozono, Yoshihiro; Kambe, Takashi

    2016-01-01

    Doping with the optimum concentration of carriers (electrons or holes) can modify the physical properties of materials. Therefore, improved ways to achieve carrier doping have been pursued extensively for more than 50 years. Metal-intercalation is one of the most important techniques for electron doping of organic / inorganic solids, and has produced superconductors from insulators and metallic solids. The most successful examples are metal-intercalated graphite and C60 superconductors. Metal intercalation has been performed using solid-reaction and liquid solvent techniques. However, precise control of the quantity of intercalants in the target solids can be difficult to achieve using these methods, as that quantity depends largely on the initial conditions. Here we report an electrochemical method for metal-intercalation, and demonstrate the preparation of superconductors using organic and inorganic materials (C60 and FeSe). The metal atoms are effectively intercalated into the spaces in C60 and FeSe solids by supplying an electric current between electrodes in a solvent that includes electrolytes. The recorded superconducting transition temperatures, Tc’s, were the same as those of metal-intercalated C60 and FeSe prepared using solid-reaction or liquid solvent techniques. This technique may open a new avenue in the search for organic / inorganic superconductors. PMID:26732250

  19. C60-induced Devil's Staircase transformation on a Pb/Si(111) wetting layer

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    Wang, Lin-Lin; Johnson, Duane D.; Tringides, Michael C.

    2015-12-01

    Density functional theory is used to study structural energetics of Pb vacancy cluster formation on C60/Pb /Si (111 ) to explain the unusually fast and error-free transformations between the "Devil's Staircase" (DS) phases on the Pb/Si(111) wetting layer at low temperature (˜110 K ). The formation energies of vacancy clusters are calculated in C60/Pb /Si (111 ) as Pb atoms are progressively ejected from the initial dense Pb wetting layer. Vacancy clusters larger than five Pb atoms are found to be stable with seven being the most stable, while vacancy clusters smaller than five are highly unstable, which agrees well with the observed ejection rate of ˜5 Pb atoms per C60. The high energy cost (˜0.8 eV) for the small vacancy clusters to form indicates convincingly that the unusually fast transformation observed experimentally between the DS phases, upon C60 adsorption at low temperature, cannot be the result of single-atom random walk diffusion but of correlated multi-atom processes.

  20. C60-Induced Devil's Staircase Transformation on Pb/Si(111) Wetting Layer

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    Wang, Lin-Lin; Johnson, Duane D.; Tringides, Michael C.

    Density functional theory is used to study structural energetics of Pb vacancy cluster formation on C60/Pb/Si(111) to explain the unusually fast and error-free transformations between the ``Devil's Staircase'' (DS) phases on the Pb/Si(111) wetting layer at low temperature (~110 K). The formation energies of vacancy clusters are calculated in C60/Pb/Si(111) as Pb atoms are progressively ejected from the initial dense Pb wetting layer. Vacancy clusters larger than 5 Pb atoms are found to be stable with 7 being the most stable, while vacancy clusters smaller than 5 are highly unstable, which agrees well with the observed ejection rate of ~5 Pb atoms per C60. The high energy cost (~0.8 eV) for the small vacancy clusters to form indicates convincingly that the unusually fast transformation observed experimentally between the DS phases, upon C60 adsorption at low temperature, cannot be the result of single-atom random walk diffusion but correlated multi-atom processes. DOE Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences from the Divisions of MSE (DE-AC02-07CH1135) and Ames Lab LDRD. Ames Laboratory is operated for DOE by Iowa State University under contract DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  1. Suspension and Characterization of Aqueous C60 Nanomaterials in Natural and Engineered Waters

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    Many current studies on the aqueous suspension of fullerene (aqu/C60) have used deionized water or simple salt solutions, and as a result little is know about the suspension of fullerene nanomatierals under environmentally relevant conditions, such as solutions that contain organ...

  2. UV Irradiation and Humic Acid Mediate Aggregation of Aqueous Fullerene (nC60) Nanoparticles

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    The transport and fate of engineered nanomaterials is affected by multiple environmental factors, including sunlight and natural organic matter. In this study, the initial aggregation kinetics of aqueous fullerene (nC60) nanoparticles before and after UVA irradiation was investig...

  3. Ultrahigh Performance C60 Nanorod Large Area Flexible Photoconductor Devices via Ultralow Organic and Inorganic Photodoping

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    Saran, Rinku; Stolojan, Vlad; Curry, Richard J.

    2014-01-01

    One dimensional single-crystal nanorods of C60 possess unique optoelectronic properties including high electron mobility, high photosensitivity and an excellent electron accepting nature. In addition, their rapid large scale synthesis at room temperature makes these organic semiconducting nanorods highly attractive for advanced optoelectronic device applications. Here, we report low-cost large-area flexible photoconductor devices fabricated using C60 nanorods. We demonstrate that the photosensitivity of the C60 nanorods can be enhanced ~400-fold via an ultralow photodoping mechanism. The photodoped devices offer broadband UV-vis-NIR spectral tuneability, exhibit a detectivitiy >109 Jones, an external quantum efficiency of ~100%, a linear dynamic range of 80 dB, a rise time 60 µs and the ability to measure ac signals up to ~250 kHz. These figures of merit combined are among the highest reported for one dimensional organic and inorganic large-area planar photoconductors and are competitive with commercially available inorganic photoconductors and photoconductive cells. With the additional processing benefits providing compatibility with large-area flexible platforms, these devices represent significant advances and make C60 nanorods a promising candidate for advanced photodetector technologies. PMID:24853479

  4. Relative partial cross sections for single, double, and triple photoionization of C60 and C70.

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    Mitsuke, Koichiro; Katayanagi, Hideki; Kafle, Bhim P; Huang, Chaoqun; Yagi, Hajime; Prodhan, Md Serajul I; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2007-08-30

    Partial cross sections for the photoion formation from C(60) and C(70) were determined from the yields of singly, doubly, and triply charged ions which were measured by mass spectrometry combined with tunable synchrotron radiation at hnu = 25-120 eV. The dependence of the detection efficiencies on the mass-to-charge ratio was evaluated by using the formula proposed by Twerenbold et al. Corrections of the detection efficiency were found to be critical for obtaining accurate partial cross sections for photoionization of fullerenes. Revisions were made of the partial cross-section curves for single and double photoionization of C(60) and C(70). The curve for triple photoionization of C(70) was newly proposed. The ratios between the cross sections for double and single photoionization increase with hnu and reach saturated values of 0.78 at 85 eV for C(60) and approximately 1.3 at 100 eV for C(70). In contrast, the ratios at 120 eV between the cross sections for triple and single photoionization of C(60) and C(70) amount to 0.14 and approximately 0.38, respectively. The formation mechanism of multiply charged fullerene ions was discussed in terms of valence-electron excitation to antibonding unoccupied orbitals and/or spherical standing waves inside the cavity of a fullerene. This excitation could be followed by Spectator Auger processes and transmission of the excess electronic energy among numerous vibrational degrees of freedom.

  5. Conformational, IR spectroscopic and electronic properties of conium alkaloids and their adducts with C60 fullerene

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    Zabolotnyi, M. A.; Prylutskyy, Yu I.; Poluyan, N. A.; Evstigneev, M. P.; Dovbeshko, G. I.

    2016-08-01

    Conformational, IR spectroscopic and electronic properties of the components of Conium alkaloids (Conium maculatum) in aqueous environment were determined by model calculations and experiment. With the help of FT-IR spectroscopy the possibility of formation of an adduct between γ-coniceine alkaloid and C60 fullerene was demonstrated, which is important for further application of conium analogues in biomedical purposes.

  6. C60 -induced Devil's Staircase transformation on a Pb/Si(111) wetting layer

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    Wang, Lin -Lin; Johnson, Duane D.; Tringides, Michael C.

    2015-12-03

    Density functional theory is used to study structural energetics of Pb vacancy cluster formation on C60/Pb/Si(111) to explain the unusually fast and error-free transformations between the “Devil's Staircase” (DS) phases on the Pb/Si(111) wetting layer at low temperature (~110K). The formation energies of vacancy clusters are calculated in C60/Pb/Si(111) as Pb atoms are progressively ejected from the initial dense Pb wetting layer. Vacancy clusters larger than five Pb atoms are found to be stable with seven being the most stable, while vacancy clusters smaller than five are highly unstable, which agrees well with the observed ejection rate of ~5 Pbmore » atoms per C60. Furthermore, the high energy cost (~0.8 eV) for the small vacancy clusters to form indicates convincingly that the unusually fast transformation observed experimentally between the DS phases, upon C60 adsorption at low temperature, cannot be the result of single-atom random walk diffusion but of correlated multi-atom processes.« less

  7. Fullerene C60: Surface Energy and Interfacial Interactions in Aqueous Systems

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    The underlying mechanisms of fullerene−fullerene, fullerene−water, and fullerene−soil surface interactions in aqueous systems are not well understood. To advance our understanding of these interfacial interactions, the surface properties of Buckminsterfullerene (C60) and quartz s...

  8. The role of the auxiliary atomic ion beam in C60(+)-Ar+ co-sputtering.

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    Lin, Wei-Chun; Liu, Chi-Ping; Kuo, Che-Hung; Chang, Hsun-Yun; Chang, Chi-Jen; Hsieh, Tung-Han; Lee, Szu-Hsian; You, Yun-Wen; Kao, Wei-Lun; Yen, Guo-Ji; Huang, Chih-Chieh; Shyue, Jing-Jong

    2011-03-07

    Cluster ion sputtering has been proven to be an effective technique for depth profiling of organic materials. In particular, C(60)(+) ion beams are widely used to profile soft matter. The limitation of carbon deposition associated with C(60)(+) sputtering can be alleviated by concurrently using a low-energy Ar(+) beam. In this work, the role of this auxiliary atomic ion beam was examined by using an apparatus that could analyze the sputtered materials and the remaining target simultaneously using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS), respectively. It was found that the auxiliary 0.2 kV Ar(+) stream was capable of slowly removing the carbon deposition and suppresses the carbon from implantation. As a result, a more steady sputtering condition was achieved more quickly with co-sputtering than by using C(60)(+) alone. Additionally, the Ar(+) beam was found to interfere with the C(60)(+) beam and may lower the overall sputtering rate and secondary ion intensity in some cases. Therefore, the current of this auxiliary ion beam needs to be carefully optimized for successful depth profiling.

  9. NMR Study of the Superconducting Gap Variation near the Mott Transition in Cs3C60

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    Wzietek, P.; Mito, T.; Alloul, H.; Pontiroli, D.; Aramini, M.; Riccò, M.

    2014-02-01

    Former extensive studies of superconductivity in the A3C60 compounds, where A is an alkali metal, have led one to consider that Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer electron-phonon pairing prevails in those compounds, though the incidence of electronic Coulomb repulsion has been highly debated. The discovery of two isomeric fulleride compounds Cs3C60 which exhibit a transition with pressure from a Mott insulator (MI) to a superconducting (SC) state clearly reopens that question. Using pressure (p) as a single control parameter of the C60 balls lattice spacing, one can now study the progressive evolution of the SC properties when the electronic correlations are increased towards the critical pressure pc of the Mott transition. We have used C13 and Cs133 NMR measurements on the cubic phase A15-Cs3C60 just above pc=5.0(3) kbar, where the SC transition temperature Tc displays a dome shape with decreasing cell volume. From the T dependence below Tc of the nuclear spin lattice relaxation rate (T1)-1 we determine the electronic excitations in the SC state, that is 2Δ, the gap value. The latter is found to be largely enhanced with respect to the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer value established in the case of dense A3C60 compounds. It even increases slightly with decreasing p towards pc, where Tc decreases on the SC dome, so that 2Δ /kBTc increases regularly upon approaching the Mott transition. These results bring clear evidence that the increasing correlations near the Mott transition are not significantly detrimental to superconductivity. They rather suggest that repulsive electron interactions might even reinforce elecron-phonon superconductivity, being then partly responsible for the large Tc values, as proposed by theoretical models taking the electronic correlations as a key ingredient.

  10. Nanoparticle Fullerene (C60) demonstrated stable binding with antibacterial potential towards probable targets of drug resistant Salmonella typhi - a computational perspective and in vitro investigation.

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    Skariyachan, Sinosh; Parveen, Asma; Garka, Shruti

    2016-11-23

    Salmonella typhi, a Gram negative bacterium, has become multidrug resistant (MDR) to wide classes of antibacterials which necessitate an alarming precaution. This study focuses on the binding potential and therapeutic insight of Nano-Fullerene C60 towards virulent targets of Salmonella typhi by computational prediction and preliminary in vitro assays. The clinical isolates of Salmonella typhi were collected and antibiotic susceptibility profiles were assessed. The drug targets of pathogen were selected by rigorous literature survey and gene network analysis by various metabolic network resources. Based on this study, 20 targets were screened and the 3D structures of few drug targets were retrieved from PDB and others were computationally predicted. The structures of nanoleads such as Fullerene C60, ZnO and CuO were retrieved from drug databases. The binding potential of these nanoleads towards all selected targets were predicted by molecular docking. The best docked conformations were screened and concept was investigated by preliminary bioassays. This study revealed that most of the isolates of Salmonella typhi were found to be MDR (p < .05). The theoretical models of selected drug targets showed high stereochemical validity. The molecular docking studies suggested that Fullerene C60 showed better binding affinity towards the drug targets when compared to ZnO and CuO. The preliminary in vitro assays suggested that 100 μg/L Fullerene C60 posses significant inhibitory activities and absence of drug resistance to this nanoparticle. This study suggests that Fullerene C60 can be scaled up as probable lead molecules against the major drug targets of MDR Salmonella typhi.

  11. X-ray observation of a helium atom and placing a nitrogen atom inside He@C60 and He@C70.

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    Morinaka, Yuta; Sato, Satoru; Wakamiya, Atsushi; Nikawa, Hidefumi; Mizorogi, Naomi; Tanabe, Fumiyuki; Murata, Michihisa; Komatsu, Koichi; Furukawa, Ko; Kato, Tatsuhisa; Nagase, Shigeru; Akasaka, Takeshi; Murata, Yasujiro

    2013-01-01

    Single crystal X-ray analysis has been used as a powerful method to determine the structure of molecules. However, crystallographic data containing helium has not been reported, owing to the difficulty in embedding helium into crystalline materials. Here we report the X-ray diffraction study of He@C60 and the clear observation of a single helium atom inside C60. In addition, the close packing of a helium atom and a nitrogen atom inside fullerenes is realized using two stepwise insertion techniques, that is, molecular surgery to synthesize the fullerenes encapsulating a helium atom, followed by nitrogen radio-frequency plasma methods to generate the fullerenes encapsulating both helium and nitrogen atoms. Electron spin resonance analysis reveals that the encapsulated helium atom has a small but detectable influence on the electronic properties of the highly reactive nitrogen atom coexisting inside the fullerene, suggesting the potential usage of helium for controlling electronic properties of reactive species.

  12. Strong-field above-threshold ionization in laser-irradiated C60: The signatures of orbital symmetry and intramolecular interference

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    Usachenko, Vladimir; Kim, Vyacheslav; Pyak, Pavel

    2015-05-01

    We report about the results of our theoretical study of strong-field (multiphoton) above-threshold ionization (ATI) in laser-irradiated carbon fullerene molecule C60 under condition of relevant experiment. The problem is addressed within the velocity-gauge (VG) formulation of molecular strong-field approximation (SFA) essentially exploiting the density-functional-theory (DFT) method for numerical composition of initial (laser-free) molecular state using the routines of GAUSSIAN-03 code. The results of our present VG-SFA calculation for C60 photoelectron energy spectra (PES) demonstrate two distinct (well-separated) and pronounced local interference minima - in the low-energy and the high-energy domains of produced PES - both arising due to destructive intramolecular (multislit) quantum interference of strong-field ionization corresponding to photoelectron emission from multiple separate atomic centers.

  13. Theory of the fundamental vibration-rotation-translation spectrum of H2 in a C60 lattice

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    Herman, Roger M.; Lewis, John Courtenay

    2006-04-01

    Calculations are presented for the fundamental vibration-rotation spectrum of H2 in fcc C60 (fullerite) lattices. The principal features are identified as lattice-shifted “vibration-rotation-translation” state absorption transitions. The level spacings of the H2 modes are calculated numerically for the potential function resulting from the summation of the individual C-H2 potentials for all C atoms in the six nearest neighbor C60 molecules. The potential is approximately separable in Cartesian coordinates, giving a very good approximation to exactly calculated translational energies for the lower levels. The positions and relative strengths of the individual transitions are calculated from the eigenfunctions for this separable potential. The line shapes are assumed to be Lorentzian, and the widths are chosen so as to give good fits to the DRIFT spectrum of FitzGerald [Phys. Rev. B 65, 140302(R) (2002)]. A theory of the C-H2 induced dipole moment is developed with which to calculate intensities. In order to fit the observed DRIFTS transition frequencies it is found necessary to take the overlap part of the C-H2 potential to be about 13% longer in range than the C-H2 potential in graphene. Furthermore, differences in the theoretical spectra obtained with a near-optimal exp-6 potential and near-optimal Lennard-Jones 12-6 potential are clearly evident, with the exp-6 potential giving a better fit to observation than the Lennard-Jones potential. Similarly, Lorentzian line shapes assumed for the individual transitions yield better agreement with observation than Gaussian line shapes.

  14. The adsorption of C 60 and the co-adsorption of C 60 and H 2O on α-Al 2O 3 (1 overline102)-(2 × 1)

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    Hamza, A. V.; Balooch, M.

    1992-10-01

    Binding of submonolayer coverages of C 60 to α-Al 2O 3(1 overline102)-(2 × 1) is observed by temperature-programmed desorption with peak temperatures for desorption between 430 and 460 K. Estimated first-order activation energy and pre-exponential factor are 25 ± 6 kcal/mol and 6.3 × 10 11 s -1. Multilayer desorption of C 60 behaves similarly to that observed previously from the (0001) surface. Exposure of C 60 to a water pre-dosed surface did not displace the adsorbed surface hydroxyls. Concomitant desorption of C 60 and water is observed from a water pre-dosed surface subsequently exposed to C 60 multilayers, whereas water post-dosed onto a C 60-covered surface has a sticking probability less than 4 × 10 -3.

  15. Computer simulations of material ejection during C60 and Arm bombardment of octane and β-carotene

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    Palka, G.; Kanski, M.; Maciazek, D.; Garrison, B. J.; Postawa, Z.

    2015-06-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) computer simulations are used to investigate material ejection and fragment formation during keV C60 and Arm (m = 60, 101, 205, 366, 872 and 2953) bombardment of organic solids composed from octane and β-carotene molecules at 0° and 45° impact angle. Both systems are found to sputter efficiently. For the octane system, material removal occurs predominantly by ejection of intact molecules, while fragment emission is a significant ejection channel for β-carotene. A difference in the molecular dimensions is proposed to explain this observation. It has been shown that the dependence of the sputtering yield Y on the primary kinetic energy E and the cluster size n can be expressed in a simplified form if represented in reduced units. A linear and nonlinear dependence of the Y/n on the E/n are identified and the position of the transition point from the linear to nonlinear regions depends on the size of the cluster projectile. The impact angle has a minor influence on the shape of the simplified representation.

  16. Novel facile method for obtaining CdSe/polyaniline/C60 composite materials

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    Rusen, Edina; Diacon, Aurel; Mocanu, Alexandra; Nistor, Leona Cristina

    2016-01-01

    This study presents a novel method for the oxidative polymerization of aniline (ANI) by employing fullerene C60/cadmium selenide (CdSe) quantum dots, as promoting agent of the polymerization system. The polymerization initiation mechanism is based on the difference between the HOMO-LUMO energy levels of the components which permits the formation of a continuous donor-acceptor exchange. Both the polymerization reaction evolution and the molecular weights of the obtained polymers have been characterized. The novelty of the paper consists in the synthesis of a novel nano-composite material through a novel polymerization technique. The resulting material containing PANI, CdSe quantum dots and C60 has been characterized by UV-Vis, NIR, fluorescence, TEM and GPC analyses. PMID:27572228

  17. Optical modeling of organic solar cells based on CuPc and C60.

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    Monestier, Florent; Simon, Jean-Jacques; Torchio, Philippe; Escoubas, Ludovic; Ratier, Bernard; Hojeij, Wassim; Lucas, Bruno; Moliton, André; Cathelinaud, Michel; Defranoux, Christophe; Flory, François

    2008-05-01

    We have investigated the influence of the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-blend-poly(styrene-sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) layer on the short-circuit current density (J(sc)) of single planar heterojunction organic solar cells based on a copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)-buckminsterfullerene (C(60)) active layer. Complete optical and electrical modeling of the cell has been performed taking into account optical interferences and exciton diffusion. Comparison of experimental and simulated external quantum efficiency has allowed us to estimate the exciton diffusion length to be 37 nm for the CuPc and 19 nm for the C(60). The dependence of short-circuit current densities versus the thickness of the PEDOT:PSS layer is analyzed and compared with experimental data. It is found that the variation in short-circuit current densities could be explained by optical interferences.

  18. Unravelling the multilayer growth of the fullerene C60 in real time

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    Bommel, S.; Kleppmann, N.; Weber, C.; Spranger, H.; Schäfer, P.; Novak, J.; Roth, S.V.; Schreiber, F.; Klapp, S.H.L.; Kowarik, S.

    2014-01-01

    Molecular semiconductors are increasingly used in devices, but understanding of elementary nanoscopic processes in molecular film growth is in its infancy. Here we use real-time in situ specular and diffuse X-ray scattering in combination with kinetic Monte Carlo simulations to study C60 nucleation and multilayer growth. We determine a self-consistent set of energy parameters describing both intra- and interlayer diffusion processes in C60 growth. This approach yields an effective Ehrlich–Schwoebel barrier of EES=110 meV, diffusion barrier of ED=540 meV and binding energy of EB=130 meV. Analysing the particle-resolved dynamics, we find that the lateral diffusion is similar to colloids, but characterized by an atom-like Schwoebel barrier. Our results contribute to a fundamental understanding of molecular growth processes in a system, which forms an important intermediate case between atoms and colloids. PMID:25369851

  19. First-principles calculations of the electronic structure of one-dimensional C60 polymers

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    Beu, Titus A.; Onoe, Jun; Hida, Akira

    2005-10-01

    The geometrical and electronic properties of two dimers (one with C2h symmetry) from the Stone-Wales rearrangement sequence of C60 dimers [described by E. Osawa and K. Honda, Full Sci. Technol. 4, 939 (1996)] are investigated by density functional and tight-binding calculations. The trimer and the infinite periodic polymer derived from the C2h symmetry dimer are shown to continue a decreasing trend of the energy gap between the highest occupied (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied (LUMO) molecular orbitals to values smaller than 0.1 eV. The very small energy gap, in conjunction with the extension of the HOMO orbital over the whole cross-linkage region, provides an explanation for the observed conducting properties of electron beam irradiated C60 films.

  20. Photodegradation of the electronic structure of PCBM and C60 films in air

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    Anselmo, Ana S.; Dzwilewski, Andrzej; Svensson, Krister; Moons, Ellen

    2016-05-01

    Fullerenes are common electron acceptors in organic solar cells. Here the photostability in air of the electronic structures of spin-coated PCBM ([6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) and evaporated C60 films are studied using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. After exposing these materials in air to simulated sunlight, the filled and empty molecular orbitals are strongly altered, indicating that the conjugated π-system of the C60-cage has degraded. Even a few minutes in normal lab light induces changes. These results stress the importance of protecting fullerene-based films from light and air during processing, operation, and storage.

  1. MAPLE preparation and characterization of mixed arylenevinylene based oligomers:C60 layers

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    Stanculescu, A.; Socol, G.; Vacareanu, L.; Socol, M.; Rasoga, O.; Breazu, C.; Girtan, M.; Stanculescu, F.

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents some studies about the preparation by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) of mixed layers based on two arylenevinylene oligomers, 1,4-bis [4-(N,N‧-diphenylamino)phenylvinyl] benzene (L78) and 3,3‧-bis(N-hexylcarbazole)vinylbenzene (L13) as donor and buckminsterfullerene (C60) as acceptor, blended in three different weight ratios: 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3. The optical, morphological, structural and electrical properties of these mixed layers have been investigated emphasizing the effect of the layer composition and of the significant degree of disorder. I-V characteristics have revealed typically solar cell behaviour for the heterostructures prepared with mixed layers containing L78 (L13) and fullerene blended in a weight ratio of 1:2. The solar cell structure glass/ITO/L13:C60/Al has shown the best parameters.

  2. N-block separable random phase approximation: dipole oscillations in sodium clusters and {C}_{60} fullerene

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    Palade, D. I.; Baran, V.

    2016-09-01

    We generalize the schematic model based on the Random Phase Approximation (RPA) with separable interaction, to a collection of subspaces of ph excitations which interact with different coupling constants. This ansatz notably lowers the numerical effort involved, by reducing the RPA eigenvalue problem to a finite small dimensional system of equation. We derive the associated dispersion relation and the normalization condition for the newly defined unknowns of the system. In contrast with the standard separable approach, the present formalism is able to describe more than one collective excitation even in the degenerate limit, giving also access to the nature of the resonance. The theoretical framework is tested investigating the dipolar oscillations in various neutral and singly charged sodium clusters and C 60 fullerene with results in good agreement with full RPA calculations and experimental data. It is proven that the 40 eV resonance present in photoabsorption spectra of C 60 is a localized surface plasmon.

  3. Novel facile method for obtaining CdSe/polyaniline/C60 composite materials.

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    Rusen, Edina; Diacon, Aurel; Mocanu, Alexandra; Nistor, Leona Cristina

    2016-08-30

    This study presents a novel method for the oxidative polymerization of aniline (ANI) by employing fullerene C60/cadmium selenide (CdSe) quantum dots, as promoting agent of the polymerization system. The polymerization initiation mechanism is based on the difference between the HOMO-LUMO energy levels of the components which permits the formation of a continuous donor-acceptor exchange. Both the polymerization reaction evolution and the molecular weights of the obtained polymers have been characterized. The novelty of the paper consists in the synthesis of a novel nano-composite material through a novel polymerization technique. The resulting material containing PANI, CdSe quantum dots and C60 has been characterized by UV-Vis, NIR, fluorescence, TEM and GPC analyses.

  4. Recent Advances in Electrochemical Biosensors Based on Fullerene-C60 Nano-Structured Platforms.

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    Pilehvar, Sanaz; De Wael, Karolien

    2015-11-23

    Nanotechnology is becoming increasingly important in the field of (bio)sensors. The performance and sensitivity of biosensors is greatly improved with the integration of nanomaterials into their construction. Since its first discovery, fullerene-C60 has been the object of extensive research. Its unique and favorable characteristics of easy chemical modification, conductivity, and electrochemical properties has led to its tremendous use in (bio)sensor applications. This paper provides a concise review of advances in fullerene-C60 research and its use as a nanomaterial for the development of biosensors. We examine the research work reported in the literature on the synthesis, functionalization, approaches to nanostructuring electrodes with fullerene, and outline some of the exciting applications in the field of (bio)sensing.

  5. Novel facile method for obtaining CdSe/polyaniline/C60 composite materials

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    Rusen, Edina; Diacon, Aurel; Mocanu, Alexandra; Nistor, Leona Cristina

    2016-08-01

    This study presents a novel method for the oxidative polymerization of aniline (ANI) by employing fullerene C60/cadmium selenide (CdSe) quantum dots, as promoting agent of the polymerization system. The polymerization initiation mechanism is based on the difference between the HOMO-LUMO energy levels of the components which permits the formation of a continuous donor-acceptor exchange. Both the polymerization reaction evolution and the molecular weights of the obtained polymers have been characterized. The novelty of the paper consists in the synthesis of a novel nano-composite material through a novel polymerization technique. The resulting material containing PANI, CdSe quantum dots and C60 has been characterized by UV-Vis, NIR, fluorescence, TEM and GPC analyses.

  6. Recent Advances in Electrochemical Biosensors Based on Fullerene-C60 Nano-Structured Platforms

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    Pilehvar, Sanaz; De Wael, Karolien

    2015-01-01

    Nanotechnology is becoming increasingly important in the field of (bio)sensors. The performance and sensitivity of biosensors is greatly improved with the integration of nanomaterials into their construction. Since its first discovery, fullerene-C60 has been the object of extensive research. Its unique and favorable characteristics of easy chemical modification, conductivity, and electrochemical properties has led to its tremendous use in (bio)sensor applications. This paper provides a concise review of advances in fullerene-C60 research and its use as a nanomaterial for the development of biosensors. We examine the research work reported in the literature on the synthesis, functionalization, approaches to nanostructuring electrodes with fullerene, and outline some of the exciting applications in the field of (bio)sensing. PMID:26610583

  7. Prediction of ordered phases of encapsulated C60, C70, and C78 inside carbon nanotubes.

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    Troche, Karla S; Coluci, Vitor R; Braga, Scheila F; Chinellato, David D; Sato, Fernando; Legoas, Sergio B; Rurali, Riccardo; Galvão, Douglas S

    2005-02-01

    We report the first detailed fully atomistic molecular dynamics study of the encapsulation of symmetric (C(60)) and asymmetric fullerenes (C(70) and C(78)) inside single-walled carbon nanotubes of different diameters. Different ordered phases have been found and shown to be tube diameter dependent. Rotational structural disorder significantly affecting the volume fraction of the packing was observed for the molecular arrangements of asymmetric fullerenes. Although these effects make more difficult the existence of ordered phases, our results showed that complex packing arrangements (very similar to the ones obtained for C(60)) are also possible for C(70) and C(78). Comparisons with results from continuum and hard-sphere models, ab initio electronic structure calculations, and simulations of the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images of the obtained fullerene packing phases are also presented.

  8. Formation of an interstitially alloyed phase in Mg/C60 composite

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    Shin, Jaehyuck; Yoon, Sock-yeon; Choi, Hyunjoo; Shin, Seeun; Bae, Donghyun

    2013-07-01

    The formation of an interstitially alloyed phase and its effects on mechanical properties are investigated for a magnesium-based composite containing fullerene (Mg/C60). The Mg/C60 composite was fabricated using the ball milling method followed by hot rolling and then the composite sheet was annealed at 425°C for up to 37 h. The fullerene was dispersed during the ball milling process and it was decomposed. The carbon atoms from the decomposed fullerene diffused into the magnesium matrix, which increasingly occupied the octahedral sites of the magnesium as the annealing continued. The formed interstitially alloyed phase expanded as the annealing time increased, and magnesium carbide was formed after 37 h. Vickers hardness value increased as the interstitially alloyed phase continuously formed and it decreased when the magnesium carbide was formed, because the carbon atoms at the magnesium interstices may interact with moving dislocations, resulting in an increase in the hardness of the magnesium.

  9. Band structure and Fermi surface of electron-doped C60 monolayers.

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    Yang, W L; Brouet, V; Zhou, X J; Choi, Hyoung J; Louie, Steven G; Cohen, Marvin L; Kellar, S A; Bogdanov, P V; Lanzara, A; Goldoni, A; Parmigiani, F; Hussain, Z; Shen, Z-X

    2003-04-11

    C60 fullerides are challenging systems because both the electron-phonon and electron-electron interactions are large on the energy scale of the expected narrow band width. We report angle-resolved photoemission data on the band dispersion for an alkali-doped C60 monolayer and a detailed comparison with theory. Compared to the maximum bare theoretical band width of 170 meV, the observed 100-meV dispersion is within the range of renormalization by electron-phonon coupling. This dispersion is only a fraction of the integrated peak width, revealing the importance of many-body effects. Additionally, measurements on the Fermi surface indicate the robustness of the Luttinger theorem even for materials with strong interactions.

  10. Epitaxial Growth of an Organic p-n Heterojunction: C60 on Single-Crystal Pentacene.

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    Nakayama, Yasuo; Mizuno, Yuta; Hosokai, Takuya; Koganezawa, Tomoyuki; Tsuruta, Ryohei; Hinderhofer, Alexander; Gerlach, Alexander; Broch, Katharina; Belova, Valentina; Frank, Heiko; Yamamoto, Masayuki; Niederhausen, Jens; Glowatzki, Hendrik; Rabe, Jürgen P; Koch, Norbert; Ishii, Hisao; Schreiber, Frank; Ueno, Nobuo

    2016-06-01

    Designing molecular p-n heterojunction structures, i.e., electron donor-acceptor contacts, is one of the central challenges for further development of organic electronic devices. In the present study, a well-defined p-n heterojunction of two representative molecular semiconductors, pentacene and C60, formed on the single-crystal surface of pentacene is precisely investigated in terms of its growth behavior and crystallographic structure. C60 assembles into a (111)-oriented face-centered-cubic crystal structure with a specific epitaxial orientation on the (001) surface of the pentacene single crystal. The present experimental findings provide molecular scale insights into the formation mechanisms of the organic p-n heterojunction through an accurate structural analysis of the single-crystalline molecular contact.

  11. Phase diagrams of model C60 and C70 fullerenes from short-range attractive potentials.

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    Orea, Pedro

    2009-03-14

    We report a computer-simulation study of six model fluids interacting through short-range attractive potentials in order to calculate the vapor-liquid (VL) diagrams using canonical Monte Carlo simulation. It is found that the binodal curves of these systems correctly reproduce those reported in the literature for C(60) and C(70) Girifalco potentials. Besides, we found that all coexistence curves collapse into a master curve when we rescale with their respective critical points.

  12. TOF-SIMS with argon gas cluster ion beams: a comparison with C60+.

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    Rabbani, Sadia; Barber, Andrew M; Fletcher, John S; Lockyer, Nicholas P; Vickerman, John C

    2011-05-15

    Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) is an established technique for the characterization of solid sample surfaces. The introduction of polyatomic ion beams, such as C(60), has provided the associated ability to perform molecular depth-profiling and 3D molecular imaging. However, not all samples perform equally under C(60) bombardment, and it is probably naïve to think that there will be an ion beam that will be applicable in all situations. It is therefore important to explore the potential of other candidates. A systematic study of the suitability of argon gas cluster ion beams (Ar-GCIBs) of general composition Ar(n)(+), where n = 60-3000, as primary particles in TOF-SIMS analysis has been performed. We have assessed the potential of the Ar-GCIBs for molecular depth-profiling in terms of damage accumulation and sputter rate and also as analysis beams where spectral quality and secondary ion yields are considered. We present results with direct comparison with C(60) ions on the same sample in the same instrument on polymer, polymer additive, and biomolecular samples, including lipids and small peptides. Large argon clusters show reduced damage accumulation compared with C(60) with an approximately constant sputter rate as a function of Ar cluster size. Further, on some samples, large argon clusters produce changes in the mass spectra indicative of a more gentle ejection mechanism. However, there also appears to be a reduction in the ionization of secondary species as the size of the Ar cluster increases.

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Conducting Elastomers Based on Interpenetrated C60-Derived Polymer Networks

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    2007-11-02

    CHARACTERIZATION OF CONDUCTING ELASTOMERS BASED ON INTERPENETRATED C 60-DERIVED POLYMER NETWORKS" 6. AUTHOR( S ) PROFESSOR LONG Y. CHIANG PROFESSOR LEE Y. WANG 7...PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME( S ) AND ADDRESS(ES) IHE FOUNDATION OF CONDENSED MATTER SCIENCES NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY 1 ROOSEVELT ROAD TAIPEI...TAIWAN 9. SPONSORING/MONITORING AGENCY NAME( S ) AND ADDRESS(ES) ASIAN OFFICE OF AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (AOARD) UNIT 45002 f\\P0 AP 96337

  14. Superconductivity of Rb 3 C 60 : breakdown of the Migdal-Eliashberg theory

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    Cappelluti, E.; Grimaldi, C.; Pietronero, L.; Strässler, S.; Ummarino, G. A.

    2001-06-01

    In this paper, through an exhaustive analysis within the Migdal-Eliashberg theory, we show the incompatibility of experimental data of Rb3C60 with the basic assumptions of the standard theory of superconductivity. For different models of the electron-phonon spectral function α2F(Ω) we solve numerically the Eliashberg equations to find which values of the electron-phonon coupling λ, of the logarithmic phonon frequency and of the Coulomb pseudopotential μ* reproduce the experimental data of Rb3C60. We find that the solutions are essentially independent of the particular shape of α2F(Ω) and that, to explain the experimental data of Rb3C60, one has to resort to extremely large couplings: λ = 3.0+/-0.8. This results differs from the usual partial analyses reported up to now and we claim that this value exceeds the maximum allowed λ compatible with the crystal lattice stability. Moreover, we show quantitatively that the obtained values of λ and strongly violate Migdal's theorem and consequently are incompatible with the Migdal-Eliashberg theory. One has therefore to consider the generalization of the theory of superconductivity in the nonadiabatic regime to account for the experimental properties of fullerides.

  15. White-Rot Basidiomycete-mediated Decomposition of C60 Fullerol

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    Schreiner, Kathryn M.; Filley, Timothy R.; Blanchette, Robert A.; Bowen, Brenda Beitler; Bolskar, Robert D.; Hockaday, William C.; Masiello, Caroline A.; Raebiger, James W.

    2009-01-01

    Industrially produced carbon-based nanomaterials (CNM), including fullerenes and nanotubes, will be introduced into the environment in increasing amounts in the next decades. One likely environmental chemical transformation of C60 is oxidation to C60 fullerol through both abiotic- and biotic-mediated means. Unfortunately, knowledge of the environmental fate of oxidized CNM is lacking. This study used bulk and compound specific 13C stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry techniques and spectroradiometry analysis to examine the ability of two white rot basidiomycete fungi (Phlebia tremellosa and Trametes versicolor) to metabolize and degrade an oxygenated CNM, C60 fullerol. After 32 weeks of decay, both fungi were able to bleach and oxidize fullerol to CO2. Additionally, the fungi incorporated minor amounts of the fullerol carbon into lipid biomass. These findings are significant in that they represent the first report of direct biodegradation and utilization of any fullerene derivative and provide valuable information about the possible environmental fates of other CNM. PMID:19534129

  16. Synergistic mitotoxicity of chloromethanes and fullerene C60 nanoaggregates in Daphnia magna midgut epithelial cells.

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    Seke, Mariana; Markelic, Milica; Morina, Arian; Jovic, Danica; Korac, Aleksandra; Milicic, Dragana; Djordjevic, Aleksandar

    2016-12-03

    Adsorption of non-polar compounds by suspended fullerene nanoaggregates (nC60) may enhance their toxicity and affect the fate, transformation, and transport of non-polar compounds in the environment. The potential of stable fullerene nanoaggregates as contaminant carriers in aqueous systems and the influence of chloromethanes (trichloromethane and dichloromethane) were studied on the midgut epithelial cells of Daphnia magna by light and electron microscopy. The size and shape of fullerene nanoaggregates were observed and measured using dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and low vacuum scanning electron microscopy. The nC60 in suspension appeared as a bulk of aggregates of irregular shape with a surface consisting of small clumps 20-30 nm in diameter. The presence of nC60 aggregates was confirmed in midgut lumen and epithelial cells of D. magna. After in vivo acute exposure to chloromethane, light and electron microscopy revealed an extensive cytoplasmic vacuolization with disruption and loss of specific structures of D. magna midgut epithelium (mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, microvilli, peritrophic membrane) and increased appearance of necrotic cells. The degree of observed changes depended on the type of treatment: trichloromethane (TCM) induced the most notable changes, whereas fullerene nanoaggregates alone had no negative effects. Transmission electron microscopy also indicated increased lysosomal degradation and severe peroxidative damages of enterocyte mitochondria following combined exposure to chloromethane and fullerene nanoaggregates. In conclusion, the adsorption of chloromethane by fullerene nanoaggregates enhances their toxicity and induces peroxidative mitochondrial damage in midgut enterocytes.

  17. Target Plate Material Influence on Fullerene-C60 Laser Desorption/Ionization Efficiency.

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    Zeegers, Guido P; Günthardt, Barbara F; Zenobi, Renato

    2016-04-01

    Systematic laser desorption/ionization (LDI) experiments of fullerene-C60 on a wide range of target plate materials were conducted to gain insight into the initial ion formation in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry. The positive and negative ion signal intensities of precursor, fragment, and cluster ions were monitored, varying both the laser fluence (0-3.53 Jcm(-2)) and the ion extraction delay time (0-950 ns). The resulting species-specific ion signal intensities are an indication for the ionization mechanisms that contribute to LDI and the time frames in which they operate, providing insight in the (MA)LDI primary ionization. An increasing electrical resistivity of the target plate material increases the fullerene-C60 precursor and fragment anion signal intensity. Inconel 625 and Ti90/Al6/V4, both highly electrically resistive, provide the highest anion signal intensities, exceeding the cation signal intensity by a factor ~1.4 for the latter. We present a mechanism based on transient electrical field strength reduction to explain this trend. Fullerene-C60 cluster anion formation is negligible, which could be due to the high extraction potential. Cluster cations, however, are readily formed, although for high laser fluences, the preferred channel is formation of precursor and fragment cations. Ion signal intensity depends greatly on the choice of substrate material, and careful substrate selection could, therefore, allow for more sensitive (MA)LDI measurements. Graphical Abstract ᅟ.

  18. Target Plate Material Influence on Fullerene-C60 Laser Desorption/Ionization Efficiency

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    Zeegers, Guido P.; Günthardt, Barbara F.; Zenobi, Renato

    2016-04-01

    Systematic laser desorption/ionization (LDI) experiments of fullerene-C60 on a wide range of target plate materials were conducted to gain insight into the initial ion formation in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry. The positive and negative ion signal intensities of precursor, fragment, and cluster ions were monitored, varying both the laser fluence (0-3.53 Jcm-2) and the ion extraction delay time (0-950 ns). The resulting species-specific ion signal intensities are an indication for the ionization mechanisms that contribute to LDI and the time frames in which they operate, providing insight in the (MA)LDI primary ionization. An increasing electrical resistivity of the target plate material increases the fullerene-C60 precursor and fragment anion signal intensity. Inconel 625 and Ti90/Al6/V4, both highly electrically resistive, provide the highest anion signal intensities, exceeding the cation signal intensity by a factor ~1.4 for the latter. We present a mechanism based on transient electrical field strength reduction to explain this trend. Fullerene-C60 cluster anion formation is negligible, which could be due to the high extraction potential. Cluster cations, however, are readily formed, although for high laser fluences, the preferred channel is formation of precursor and fragment cations. Ion signal intensity depends greatly on the choice of substrate material, and careful substrate selection could, therefore, allow for more sensitive (MA)LDI measurements.

  19. Transformation-deformation bands in C60 after the treatment in a shear diamond anvil cell

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    Kulnitskiy, B. A.; Blank, V. D.; Levitas, V. I.; Perezhogin, I. A.; Popov, M. Yu; Kirichenko, A. N.; Tyukalova, E. V.

    2016-04-01

    The C60 fullerene has been investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy in a shear diamond anvil cell after applying pressure and shear deformation treatment of fcc phase. Shear transformation-deformation bands are revealed consisting of shear-strain-induced nanocrystals of linearly polymerized fullerene and polytypes, the triclinic, monoclinic, and hcp C60, fragments of amorphous structures, and voids. Consequently, after pressure release, the plastic strain retains five high pressure phases, which is potentially important for their engineering applications. Localized shear deformation initially seems contradictory because high pressure phases of C60 are stronger than the initial low pressure phase. However, this was explained by transformation-induced plasticity during localized phase transformations. It occurs due to a combination of applied stresses and internal stresses from a volume reduction during phase transformations. Localized phase transformations and plastic shear deformation promote each other, which produce positive mechanochemical feedback and cascading transformation-deformation processes. Since the plastic shear in a band is much larger than is expected based on the torsion angle, five phase transformations occur in the same region with no transformation outside the band. The results demonstrate that transformation kinetics cannot be analyzed in terms of prescribed shear, and methods to measure local shear should be developed.

  20. Possible light-induced superconductivity in K3C60 at high temperature.

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    Mitrano, M; Cantaluppi, A; Nicoletti, D; Kaiser, S; Perucchi, A; Lupi, S; Di Pietro, P; Pontiroli, D; Riccò, M; Clark, S R; Jaksch, D; Cavalleri, A

    2016-02-25

    The non-equilibrium control of emergent phenomena in solids is an important research frontier, encompassing effects such as the optical enhancement of superconductivity. Nonlinear excitation of certain phonons in bilayer copper oxides was recently shown to induce superconducting-like optical properties at temperatures far greater than the superconducting transition temperature, Tc (refs 4-6). This effect was accompanied by the disruption of competing charge-density-wave correlations, which explained some but not all of the experimental results. Here we report a similar phenomenon in a very different compound, K3C60. By exciting metallic K3C60 with mid-infrared optical pulses, we induce a large increase in carrier mobility, accompanied by the opening of a gap in the optical conductivity. These same signatures are observed at equilibrium when cooling metallic K3C60 below Tc (20 kelvin). Although optical techniques alone cannot unequivocally identify non-equilibrium high-temperature superconductivity, we propose this as a possible explanation of our results.

  1. Multi-dimensional Modeling of Fullerene (C60) Nanoparticle Transport in the Subsurface Environment

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    Bai, C.; Li, Y.

    2011-12-01

    The escalating production and consumption of engineered nanomaterials may lead to increased release into groundwater. A number of studies have revealed the potential human health effects and aquatic toxicity of nanomaterials. Understanding the fate and transport of engineered nanomaterials is very important for evaluating their potential risks to human and ecological health. While a lot of efforts have been put forward in this area, limited work has been conducted to evaluate engineered nanomaterial transport in multi-dimension and at field scale. In this work, we simulate the transport of fullerene aggregates (nC60), a widely used engineered nanomaterial, in a multi-dimensional environment. A Modular Three-Dimensional Multispecies Transport Model (MT3DMS) was modified to incorporate the transport and retention of nC60. The modified MT3DMS was validated by comparing with analytical solutions and one-dimensional numerical simulation results. The validated simulator was then used to simulate nC60 transport in two- and three-dimensional field sites. Hypothetical scenarios for nanomaterial entering the subsurface environment, including entering from an injection well and releasing from a waste site were investigated. Influences of injection rate, groundwater velocity, ground water recharge rate, subsurface heterogeneity, and nanomaterial size and surface property were evaluated. Insights gained from this work will be discussed.

  2. C60 Fullerene as Promising Therapeutic Agent for the Prevention and Correction of Skeletal Muscle Functioning at Ischemic Injury

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    Nozdrenko, D. M.; Zavodovskyi, D. O.; Matvienko, T. Yu.; Zay, S. Yu.; Bogutska, K. I.; Prylutskyy, Yu. I.; Ritter, U.; Scharff, P.

    2017-02-01

    The therapeutic effect of pristine C60 fullerene aqueous colloid solution (C60FAS) on the functioning of the rat soleus muscle at ischemic injury depending on the time of the general pathogenesis of muscular system and method of administration C60FAS in vivo was investigated. It was found that intravenous administration of C60FAS is the optimal for correction of speed macroparameters of contraction for ischemic muscle damage. At the same time, intramuscular administration of C60FAS shows pronounced protective effect in movements associated with the generation of maximum force responses or prolonged contractions, which increase the muscle fatigue level. Analysis of content concentration of creatine phosphokinase and lactate dehydrogenase enzymes in the blood of experimental animals indicates directly that C60FAS may be a promising therapeutic agent for the prevention and correction of ischemic-damaged skeletal muscle function.

  3. Unique Separation Behavior of a C60 Fullerene-Bonded Silica Monolith Prepared by an Effective Thermal Coupling Agent.

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    Kubo, Takuya; Murakami, Yoshiki; Tsuzuki, Madoka; Kobayashi, Hiroshi; Naito, Toyohiro; Sano, Tomoharu; Yan, Mingdi; Otsuka, Koji

    2015-12-07

    Herein, we report a newly developed C60 fullerene-bonded silica monolith in a capillary with unique retention behavior due to the structure of C60 fullerene. N-Hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-conjugated C60 fullerene was successfully synthesized by a thermal coupling agent, perfluorophenyl azide (PFPA), and assigned by spectroscopic analyses. Then, NHS-PFPA-C60 fullerene was attached onto the surface of a silica monolith in a capillary. The capillary provided specific separation ability for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in liquid chromatography by an effective π-π interaction. Furthermore, corannulene, which has a hemispherical structure, was selectively retained in the capillary based on the specific structural recognition due to the spherical C60 fullerene. This is the first report revealing the spherical recognition ability by C60 fullerene in liquid chromatographic separation.

  4. Electronic absorption spectra of C60+ -L (L = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, H2, D2, N2) complexes

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    Holz, Mathias; Campbell, Ewen Kyle; Rice, Corey Allen; Maier, John Paul

    2017-02-01

    Electronic spectra in the near infrared of C60+ with He, Ne, Ar, Kr, H2, D2 and N2 attached have been recorded below 10 K in a cryogenic radio frequency ion trap. Additional absorption bands are observed compared to the spectrum of C60+ -He. In the case of C60+ -N2, the strongest one of these shifts to lower energies by 21.3 cm-1 compared to the origin band of C60+ -He at 10378.5 cm-1. The pattern in the spectrum is dependent on the attached ligand. The gas-phase observations on C60+ -Ne allow a rationalization of the relative intensities of the absorptions of C60+ in a neon matrix.

  5. The effect of fullerene C60 on the mechanical and dielectrical behavior of epoxy resins at low loading

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    Pikhurov, D. V.; Zuev, Vjacheslav V.

    2014-05-01

    Fullerene C60 / epoxy polymers nanocomposites with different C60 loading have (0.01-0.12 wt.%) been prepared. Mechanical testing shows that compared with neat epoxy, mechanical and toughning properties of composites are greatly improved. The addition of fullerene C60 increased the modulus of the epoxy (up to 20%), but the glass transition temperature was unaffected. The measured impact strength was also increased, from 38 to to 115 kJ/m2 with the addition of 0.12wt.% of fullerene C60. The toughning mechanism has been discussed. Dielectric spectroscopy was used to investigate the influence of nanoparticles on the relaxation processes in polymer matrix.

  6. 129Xe NMR chemical shift in Xe@C60 calculated at experimental conditions: essential role of the relativity, dynamics, and explicit solvent.

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    Standara, Stanislav; Kulhánek, Petr; Marek, Radek; Straka, Michal

    2013-08-15

    The isotropic (129)Xe nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) chemical shift (CS) in Xe@C60 dissolved in liquid benzene was calculated by piecewise approximation to faithfully simulate the experimental conditions and to evaluate the role of different physical factors influencing the (129)Xe NMR CS. The (129)Xe shielding constant was obtained by averaging the (129)Xe nuclear magnetic shieldings calculated for snapshots obtained from the molecular dynamics trajectory of the Xe@C60 system embedded in a periodic box of benzene molecules. Relativistic corrections were added at the Breit-Pauli perturbation theory (BPPT) level, included the solvent, and were dynamically averaged. It is demonstrated that the contribution of internal dynamics of the Xe@C60 system represents about 8% of the total nonrelativistic NMR CS, whereas the effects of dynamical solvent add another 8%. The dynamically averaged relativistic effects contribute by 9% to the total calculated (129)Xe NMR CS. The final theoretical value of 172.7 ppm corresponds well to the experimental (129)Xe CS of 179.2 ppm and lies within the estimated errors of the model. The presented computational protocol serves as a prototype for calculations of (129)Xe NMR parameters in different Xe atom guest-host systems.

  7. Progress towards a realistic theoretical description of C60 photoelectron-momentum imaging experiments using time-dependent density-functional theory

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    Wopperer, P.; Gao, C. Z.; Barillot, T.; Cauchy, C.; Marciniak, A.; Despré, V.; Loriot, V.; Celep, G.; Bordas, C.; Lépine, F.; Dinh, P. M.; Suraud, E.; Reinhard, P.-G.

    2015-04-01

    We have studied theoretical photoelectron-momentum distributions of C60 using time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) in real time and including a self-interaction correction. Our calculations furthermore account for a proper orientation averaging allowing a direct comparison with experimental results. To illustrate the capabilities of this direct (microscopic and time-dependent) approach, two very different photo-excitation conditions are considered: excitation with a high-frequency XUV light at 20 eV and with a low-frequency IR femtosecond pulse at 1.55 eV. The interaction with the XUV light leads to one-photon transitions and a linear ionization regime. In that situation, the spectrum of occupied single-electron states in C60 is directly mapped to the photoelectron spectrum. On the contrary, the IR pulse leads to multiphoton ionization in which only the two least-bound states contribute to the process. In both dynamical regimes (mono- and multiphoton), calculated and experimental angle-resolved photoelectron spectra compare reasonably well. The observed discrepancies can be understood by the theoretical underestimation of higher-order many-body interaction processes such as electron-electron scattering and by the fact that experiments are performed at finite temperature. These results pave the way to a multiscale description of the C60 ionization mechanisms that is required to render justice to the variety of processes observed experimentally for fullerene molecules.

  8. New type of redox nanoprobe: C60-based nanomaterial and its application in electrochemical immunoassay for doping detection.

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    Han, Jing; Zhuo, Ying; Chai, Ya-Qin; Xiang, Yun; Yuan, Ruo

    2015-02-03

    Carbon nanomaterials were usually exploited as nanocarriers in an electrochemical immunosensor but rarely acted as redox nanoprobes. Herein, our motivation is to adequately utilize the inner redox activity of fullerene (C60) to obtain a new type of redox nanoprobe based on a hydrophilic C60 nanomaterial. First, C60 nanoparticles (C60NPs) were prepared by phase-transfer method and functionalized with amino-terminated polyamidoamine (PAMAM) to obtain the PAMAM decorated C60NPs (PAMAM-C60NPs) which have better hydrophilicity compared to that of unmodified C60NPs and possesses abundant amine groups for further modification. Following that, gold nanoparticles (nano-Au) were absorbed on the PAMAM-C60NPs surface, and the resultant Au-PAMAM-C60NPs were employed as a new type of redox nanoprobe and nanocarrier to label detection antibodies (Ab2). Doping control has become the biggest problem facing international sport. Erythropoietin (EPO) as a blood doping agent has been a hotspot in doping control. After sandwich-type immunoreaction between EPO (as a model) and Ab2-labeled Au-PAMAM-C60NPs, the resultant immunosensor was further incubated with a drop of tetraoctylammonium bromide (TOAB) which acts as booster to arouse the inner redox activity of Au-PAMAM-C60NPs, thus a pair of reversible redox peaks is observed. As a result, the proposed immunosensor shows a wide linear range and a relatively low detection limit for EPO. This strategy paves a new avenue for exploring the redox nanoprobe based on carbon nanomaterials in the electrochemical biosensor field.

  9. Molecular dynamic-secondary ion mass spectrometry (D-SIMS) ionized by co-sputtering with C60+ and Ar+.

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    You, Yun-Wen; Chang, Hsun-Yun; Lin, Wei-Chun; Kuo, Che-Hung; Lee, Szu-Hsian; Kao, Wei-Lun; Yen, Guo-Ji; Chang, Chi-Jen; Liu, Chi-Ping; Huang, Chih-Chieh; Liao, Hua-Yang; Shyue, Jing-Jong

    2011-10-15

    Dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry (D-SIMS) analysis of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was conducted using a quadrupole mass analyzer with various combinations of continuous C(60)(+) and Ar(+) ion sputtering. Individually, the Ar(+) beam failed to generate fragments above m/z 200, and the C(60)(+) beam generated molecular fragments of m/z ~1000. By combining the two beams, the auxiliary Ar(+) beam, which is proposed to suppress carbon deposition due to C(60)(+) bombardment and/or remove graphitized polymer, the sputtering range of the C(60)(+) beam is extended. Another advantage of this technique is that the high sputtering rate and associated high molecular ion intensity of the C(60)(+) beam generate adequate high-mass fragments that mask the damage from the Ar(+) beam. As a result, fragments at m/z ~900 can be clearly observed. As a depth-profiling tool, the single C(60)(+) beam cannot reach a steady state for either PET or PMMA at high ion fluence, and the intensity of the molecular fragments produced by the beam decreases with increasing C(60)(+) fluence. As a result, the single C(60)(+) beam is suitable for profiling surface layers with limited thickness. With C(60)(+)-Ar(+) co-sputtering, although the initial drop in intensity is more significant than with single C(60)(+) ionization because of the damage introduced by the auxiliary Ar(+), the intensity levels indicate that a more steady-state process can be achieved. In addition, the secondary ion intensity at high fluence is higher with co-sputtering. As a result, the sputtered depth is enhanced with co-sputtering and the technique is suitable for profiling thick layers. Furthermore, co-sputtering yields a smoother surface than single C(60)(+) sputtering.

  10. Distribution and biomarkers of Carbon-14 labeled fullerene C60 ([14C(U)]C60) in female rats and mice for up to 30 days after intravenous exposure

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    Sumner, Susan C. J.; Snyder, Rodney W.; Wingard, Christopher; Mortensen, Ninell P.; Holland, Nathan A.; Shannahan, Jonathan H.; Dhungana, Suraj; Pathmasiri, Wimal; Han, Li; Lewin, Anita H.; Fennell, Timothy R.

    2016-01-01

    A comprehensive distribution study was conducted in female rats and mice exposed to a suspension of uniformly carbon-14 labeled C60 ([14C(U)]C60). Rodents were administered [14C(U)]C60 (~0.9 mg /kg body weight) or 5% PVP-saline vehicle alone via a single tail vein injection. Tissues were collected at 1 hour, 1, 7, 14 and 30 days after administration. A separate group of rodents received 5 daily injections of suspensions of either [14C(U)]C60 or vehicle with tissue collection 14 days post exposure. Radioactivity was detected in over 20 tissues at all time period. The highest concentration of radioactivity in rodents at each time point was in liver, lungs and spleen. Elimination of [14C(U)]C60 was <2% in urine and feces at any 24 hour time points. [14C(U)]C60 and [14C(U)]C60-retinol were detected in liver of rats and together accounted for ~99% and ~56% of the total recovered at 1 and 30 days post exposure, respectively. The blood radioactivity at 1 hour after [14C(U)]C60 exposure was four-fold higher in rats than in mice; blood radioactivity was still in circulation at 30 days post [14C(U)]C60 exposure in both species (<1%). Levels of oxidative stress markers increased by 5 days after exposure and remained elevated, while levels of inflammation markers initially increased and then returned to control values. The level of cardiovascular marker vWF, increased in rats, but remained at control levels in mice. This study demonstrates that [14C(U)]C60 is retained in female rodents with little elimination by 30 days after i.v. exposure, and leads to systemic oxidative stress. PMID:25727383

  11. Distribution and biomarkers of carbon-14-labeled fullerene C60 ([(14) C(U)]C60 ) in female rats and mice for up to 30 days after intravenous exposure.

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    Sumner, Susan C J; Snyder, Rodney W; Wingard, Christopher; Mortensen, Ninell P; Holland, Nathan A; Shannahan, Jonathan H; Dhungana, Suraj; Pathmasiri, Wimal; Han, Li; Lewin, Anita H; Fennell, Timothy R

    2015-12-01

    A comprehensive distribution study was conducted in female rats and mice exposed to a suspension of uniformly carbon-14-labeled C60 ([(14) C(U)]C60 ). Rodents were administered [(14) C(U)]C60 (~0.9 mg kg(-1) body weight) or 5% polyvinylpyrrolidone-saline vehicle alone via a single tail vein injection. Tissues were collected at 1 h and 1, 7, 14 and 30 days after administration. A separate group of rodents received five daily injections of suspensions of either [(14) C(U)]C60 or vehicle with tissue collection 14 days post exposure. Radioactivity was detected in over 20 tissues at all time points. The highest concentration of radioactivity in rodents at each time point was in liver, lungs and spleen. Elimination of [(14) C(U)]C60 was < 2% in urine and feces at any 24 h time points. [(14) C(U)]C60 and [(14) C(U)]C60 -retinol were detected in liver of rats and together accounted for ~99% and ~56% of the total recovered at 1 and 30 days postexposure, respectively. The blood radioactivity at 1 h after [(14) C(U)]C60 exposure was fourfold higher in rats than in mice; blood radioactivity was still in circulation at 30 days post [(14) C(U)]C60 exposure in both species (<1%). Levels of oxidative stress markers increased by 5 days after exposure and remained elevated, while levels of inflammation markers initially increased and then returned to control values. The level of cardiovascular marker von Willebrand factor, increased in rats, but remained at control levels in mice. This study demonstrates that [(14) C(U)]C60 is retained in female rodents with little elimination by 30 days after i.v. exposure, and leads to systemic oxidative stress.

  12. Confirming a Predicted Selection Rule in Inelastic Neutron Scattering Spectroscopy: The Quantum Translator-Rotator H2 Entrapped Inside C60

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    Xu, Minzhong; Jiménez-Ruiz, Mónica; Johnson, Mark R.; Rols, Stéphane; Ye, Shufeng; Carravetta, Marina; Denning, Mark S.; Lei, Xuegong; Bačić, Zlatko; Horsewill, Anthony J.

    2014-09-01

    We report an inelastic neutron scattering (INS) study of a H2 molecule encapsulated inside the fullerene C60 which confirms the recently predicted selection rule, the first to be established for the INS spectroscopy of aperiodic, discrete molecular compounds. Several transitions from the ground state of para-H2 to certain excited translation-rotation states, forbidden according to the selection rule, are systematically absent from the INS spectra, thus validating the selection rule with a high degree of confidence. Its confirmation sets a precedent, as it runs counter to the widely held view that the INS spectroscopy of molecular compounds is not subject to any selection rules.

  13. Energy distributions of atomic and molecular ions sputtered by C 60+ projectiles

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    Delcorte, A.; Poleunis, C.; Bertrand, P.

    2006-07-01

    In the process of investigating the interaction of fullerene projectiles with adsorbed organic layers, we measured the kinetic energy distributions (KEDs) of fragment and parent ions sputtered from an overlayer of polystyrene (PS) oligomers cast on silver under 15 keV C 60+ bombardment. These measurements have been conducted using our TRIFT™ spectrometer, recently equipped with the C 60+ source developed by Ionoptika, Ltd. For atomic ions, the intensity corresponding to the high energy tail decreases in the following order: C +( E-0.4) > H +( E-1.5) > Ag +( E-3.5). In particular, the distribution of Ag + is not broader than those of Ag 2+ and Ag 3+ clusters, in sharp contrast with 15 keV Ga + bombardment. On the other hand, molecular ions (fragments and parent-like species) exhibit a significantly wider distribution using C 60+ instead of Ga + as primary ions. For instance, the KED of Ag-cationized PS oligomers resembles that of Ag + and Ag n+ clusters. A specific feature of fullerene projectiles is that they induce the direct desorption of positively charged oligomers, without the need of a cationizing metal atom. The energy spectrum of these PS + ions is significantly narrower then that of Ag-cationized oligomers. For characteristic fragments of PS, such as C 7H 7+ and C 15H 13+ and polycyclic fragments, such as C 9H 7+ and C 14H 10+, the high energy decay is steep ( E-4 - E-8). In addition, reorganized ions generally show more pronounced high energy tails than characteristic ions, similar to the case of monoatomic ion bombardment. This observation is consistent with the higher excitation energy needed for their formation. Finally, the fraction of hydrocarbon ions formed in the gas phase via unimolecular dissociation of larger species is slightly larger with gallium than with fullerene projectiles.

  14. Molecular Depth Profiling using a C(60) Cluster Beam: the Role of Impact Energy.

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    Wucher, Andreas; Cheng, Juan; Winograd, Nicholas

    2008-10-23

    Molecular depth profiling of organic overlayers was performed using a mass selected C(60) ion beam in conjunction with time-of-flight (TOF-SIMS) mass spectrometry. The characteristics of sputter depth profiles acquired for a 300-nm Trehalose film on silicon were studied as a function of the kinetic impact energy of the projectile ions. The results are interpreted in terms of a simple model describing the balance between sputter erosion and ion induced chemical damage. It is shown that the efficiency of the projectile to clean up the fragmentation debris produced by its own impact represents a key parameter governing the success of molecular depth profile analysis.

  15. Purification of Gram Quantities of C60. A New Inexpensive and Facile Method

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    1993-11-22

    column containing Norit-A (alkaline decolorizing carbon or activated charcoal) and silica gel (1:2 by weight). Within 37 min, the C60 (purple fraction...saturated toluene solution of crude fullerenes to a column containing Norit®-A (alkaline decolorizing carbon or activated charcoal) and silica gel (1:2 by...using our newly developed method is as follows. A slurry of alkaline decolorizing carbon Norit® -A 7 (36 g) and silica gel8 (72 g) in toluene9 (200 mL

  16. Atomic force microscope studies of fullerene films - Highly stable C60 fcc (311) free surfaces

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    Snyder, Eric J.; Tong, William M.; Williams, R. S.; Anz, Samir J.; Anderson, Mark S.

    1991-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffractometry were used to study 1500 A-thick films of pure C60 grown by sublimation in ultrahigh vacuum onto a CaF2 (111) substrte. Topographs of the films did not reveal the expected close-packed structures, but they showed instead large regions that correspond to a face-centered cubic (311) surface and distortions of this surface. The open (311) structure may have a relatively low free energy because the low packing density contributes to a high entropy of the exposed surface.

  17. Electronic structure evolution in doping of fullerene (C60) by ultra-thin layer molybdenum trioxide

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    Wang, Chenggong; Liu, Xiaoliang; Wang, Congcong; Kauppi, John; Gao, Yongli

    2015-08-01

    Ultra-thin layer molybdenum oxide doping of fullerene has been investigated using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS) and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) can be observed directly with UPS. It is observed that the Fermi level position in fullerene is modified by ultra-thin-layer molybdenum oxide doping, and the HOMO onset is shifted to less than 1.3 eV below the Fermi level. The XPS results indicate that charge transfer was observed from the C60 to MoOx and Mo6+ oxides is the basis as hole dopants.

  18. Effects of Humic Acid and Sunlight on the Generation and Aggregation State of Aqu/C60 Nanoparticles

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    Aqueous suspensions of nanoscale C60 aggregates (aqu/C60) were produced by stirring in water with Suwanee River Humic Acid (humic acid) and water from Call’s Creek, a small stream near Athens, GA. Time course experiments were conducted to determine the effects of sunlight and sol...

  19. Effects of humic acid and sunlight on the generation and aggregation state of aqu/C60 nanoparticles.

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    Isaacson, Carl W; Bouchard, Dermont C

    2010-12-01

    Aqueous suspensions of nanoscale C(60) aggregates (aqu/C(60)) were produced by stirring in water with Suwanee River Humic Acid (humic acid) and water from Call's Creek, a small stream near Athens, GA. Time course experiments were conducted to determine the effects of sunlight and solution chemistry on the mass of aqu/C(60) suspended, nanoparticle size, and ζ potential. For all treatments, sunlight had the greatest effect on the mass of aqu/C(60) suspended. The sunlight-exposed Call's Creek samples exhibited the greatest increase in mass suspended with aqu/C(60) concentrations 17 times greater than those of the dark controls, followed by the humic acid treatments, 8.1 times, and deionized water, 3.4 times. Asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation indicated that aqu/C(60) nanoparticles in humic acid were the smallest and their mass was evenly distributed in the 120-300 nm hydrodynamic diameter (D(h)) size range, whereas aqu/C(60) nanoparticles in Call's Creek water were the largest and were evenly distributed in the size range of 200-300 nm D(h). Aqu/C(60) in deionized water and humic acid treatments exposed to sunlight exhibited a trend of increasingly negative ζ potentials as suspension time increased; however, this trend was not observed for the Call's Creek treatment.

  20. Preparation of C60(O)n-ZnO nanocomposite under electric furnace and photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes.

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    Cho, Bum Hwi; Oh, Youn Jun; Mun, Sang Mi; Ko, Weon Bae

    2012-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were synthesized sonochemically by applying ultrasonic irradiation to a mixed aqueous-alcoholic solution of zinc nitrate with sodium hydroxide at room temperature. The morphology and optical properties of the ZnO nanoparticles were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-vis spectroscopy. The C60(O)n nanoparticles were synthesized by heating a mixture of C60 and 3-chloroperoxybenzoic acid in a benzene solvent under the reflux system. The heated C60(O)n-ZnO nanocomposite was synthesized in an electric furnace at 700 degrees C for two hours. The heated C60(O)n-ZnO nanocomposite was characterized by XRD, SEM, and TEM, and examined as a catalyst in the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes by UV-vis spectroscopy. The photocatalytic effect of the heated C60(O)n-ZnO nanocomposite was evaluated by a comparison with that of unheated C60(O)n nanoparticles, heated C60(O)n nanoparticles, and unheated C60(O)n-ZnO in organic dyes, such as methylene blue (MB), methyl orange (MO), and rhodamine B (RhB) under ultraviolet light at 365 nm.

  1. Density Functional Calculations of Surface States in Field-Effect-Doped C_60

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    Mozos, J. L.; Ordejón, P.; Martin, Richard M.

    2002-03-01

    We present density functional calculations using the SIESTA package[1] to determine the nature of the electron or hole states in the 2D metallic layers at the interface of C_60 crystals by field-effect doping. The purpose is to make realistic predictions for the nature of the states created in recent experiments[2], in which a continuous range of carrier densities has been created, leading to metallic behavior and superconductivity with transition temperatures reaching Tc ~ 117 K. Our conclusions are: 1) in C_60 the doped carriers are confined to the interface in an extremely thin layer; 2) the states are highly distorted from bulk-like states due to the high applied field; and 3) states near the Fermi energy are greatly affected by local molecular orientation. As a consequence of the localization and orientation dependence, we expect large effects of disorder and electron-electron interactions. [1] D. Sanchez-Portal, P. Ordejon, E. Artacho, and J. M. Soler, Int. Journ. of Quant. Chem. 65, 453 (1999). [2] J. H. Schon, C. Kloc, and B. Batlogg, Nature 408, 549 (2000); Science 293, 2432 (2001).

  2. Photoionization of Au+ ions and developments in the synthesis of the metallofullerene Au@C60

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    Bogolub, Kyren; Macaluso, David; Mueller, Allison; Johnson, Andrea; Müller, Alfred; Schippers, Stefan; Hellhund, Jonas; Borovik, Alexander; Anders, Andre; Aguilar, Alex; Kilcoyne, A. L. David

    2014-05-01

    Single photoionization of Au+ ions was investigated via the merged-beams technique at AMO Beamline 10.0.1.2 of the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The relative single photoionization yield was measured as a function of photon energy in the 45 eV to 120 eV energy range. These measurements were made in preparation for future photoionization studies of the endohedral metallofullerene Au@C60, the production of which was also investigated. In proof-of-principle measurements a mass-resolved beam of Au@C60+was produced with a primary ion beam current in the single picoamp range without optimization of the ion source or synthesis parameters. Plans are presented for improved metallofullere production yield to be used in photoionization measurements of the endohedral fullerene ions in conjunction with the continuing study of pure Au. We would like to acknowledge the generous sharing of equipment vital to this work by Andre Anders, the Plasma Applications group leader at the Advanced Light Source, LBNL.

  3. Energetic ion bombardment of Ag surfaces by C60+ and Ga+ projectiles.

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    Sun, Shixin; Szakal, Christopher; Winograd, Nicholas; Wucher, Andreas

    2005-10-01

    The ion bombardment-induced release of particles from a metal surface is investigated using energetic fullerene cluster ions as projectiles. The total sputter yield as well as partial yields of neutral and charged monomers and clusters leaving the surface are measured and compared with corresponding data obtained with atomic projectile ions of similar impact kinetic energy. It is found that all yields are enhanced by about one order of magnitude under bombardment with the C60+ cluster projectiles compared with Ga+ ions. In contrast, the electronic excitation processes determining the secondary ion formation probability are unaffected. The kinetic energy spectra of sputtered particles exhibit characteristic differences which reflect the largely different nature of the sputtering process for both types of projectiles. In particular, it is found that under C60+ impact (1) the energy spectrum of sputtered atoms peaks at significantly lower kinetic energies than for Ga+ bombardment and (2) the velocity spectra of monomers and dimers are virtually identical, a finding which is in pronounced contrast to all published data obtained for atomic projectiles. The experimental findings are in reasonable agreement with recent molecular dynamics simulations.

  4. Interface between C60 and Ag on nanostructured plasmonic Ag gratings: A SERS study

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    Khosroabadi, Akram A.; Matz, Dallas L.; Gangopadhyay, Palash; Pemberton, Jeanne E.; Norwood, Robert A.

    2013-09-01

    Nanostructured electrodes and interfaces can enhance light absorption in organic solar cells due to efficient light harvesting. Ultrathin films of an active layer (C60) deposited on nanostructured grating electrodes show more absorption as a result of increased light trapping. Plasmonic nanostructured electrodes with various geometries and dimensions have been fabricated on printed polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and subsequently characterized. Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) measurements show significant signal enhancement (over two orders of magnitude) on nanostructured samples when compared to planar Ag substrates due to local electromagnetic field enhancement. Furthermore, conversion of PAN to graphitic carbon is evidenced in SERS spectra. The surface area was determined using underpotential deposition (UPD) of thallium and agrees with the geometric surface area calculated from SEM images. The FDTD simulated electric field distribution inside the samples confirms the experimental results. A 60 fold increase in the electric field results in three to four orders of magnitude enhancement in the SERS signal depending on the dimensions of the pillars and gratings. Further study of the interaction between a top organic layer (C60) and the Ag electrode will help us to understand the nanoscale charge transfer rate critical to optimization and design of efficient organic solar cells.

  5. Understanding the Interface Dipole of Copper Phthalocyanine (CuPc)/C60: Theory and Experiment.

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    Sai, Na; Gearba, Raluca; Dolocan, Andrei; Tritsch, John R; Chan, Wai-Lun; Chelikowsky, James R; Leung, Kevin; Zhu, Xiaoyang

    2012-08-16

    Interface dipole determines the electronic energy alignment in donor/acceptor interfaces and plays an important role in organic photovoltaics. Here we present a study combining first principles density functional theory (DFT) with ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) to investigate the interface dipole, energy level alignment, and structural properties at the interface between CuPc and C60. DFT finds a sizable interface dipole for the face-on orientation, in quantitative agreement with the UPS measurement, and rules out charge transfer as the origin of the interface dipole. Using TOF-SIMS, we show that the interfacial morphology for the bilayer CuPc/C60 film is characterized by molecular intermixing, containing both the face-on and the edge-on orientation. The complementary experimental and theoretical results provide both insight into the origin of the interface dipole and direct evidence for the effect of interfacial morphology on the interface dipole.

  6. Daphnia magna mortality when exposed to titanium dioxide and fullerene (C60) nanoparticles.

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    Lovern, Sarah B; Klaper, Rebecca

    2006-04-01

    Nanoparticles (1-100 nm) comprise the latest technological advances designed to do everything from absorb environmental toxins to deliver drugs to a target organ. Recently, however, they have come under scrutiny for the potential to cause environmental damage. Because compounds in this miniature size range have chemical properties that differ from those of their larger counterparts, nanoparticles deserve special attention. Our main objective was to assess the potential impact that nanoparticles may have on release into aquatic environments. We prepared titanium dioxide (TiO2) and fullerene (C60) nanoparticles by filtration in tetrahydrofuran or by sonication. Daphnia magna were exposed to the four solutions using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 48-h acute toxicity tests. Images of the particle solutions were recorded using transmission-electron microscopy, and the median lethal concentration, lowest-observable-effect concentration, and no-observable-effect concentration were determined. Exposure to filtered C60 and filtered TiO2 caused an increase in mortality with an increase in concentration, whereas fullerenes show higher levels of toxicity at lower concentrations. Exposure to the sonicated solutions caused varied mortality. Understanding the potential impacts of nanoparticles will help to identify the most appropriate nanotechnology to preserve the aquatic environment while advancing medical and environmental technology.

  7. C60 Secondary Ion Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry

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    Smith, Donald F.; Robinson, Errol W.; Tolmachev, Aleksey V.; Heeren, Ronald M.; Pasa-Tolic, Ljiljana

    2011-12-15

    Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) has seen increased application for high spatial chemical imaging of complex biological surfaces. The advent and commercial availability of cluster and polyatomic primary ion sources (e.g. Au and Bi cluster and buckminsterfullerene (C60)) provide improved secondary ion yield and decreased fragmentation of surface species, thus accessibility to intact molecular ions. Despite developments in primary ion sources, development of mass spectrometers to fully exploit their advantages has been limited. Tandem mass spectrometry for identification of secondary ions is highly desirable, but implementation has proven to be difficult. Similarly, high mass resolution and high mass measurement accuracy would greatly improve the chemical specificity of SIMS. Here we combine, for the first time, the advantages of a C60 primary ion source with the ultra-high mass resolving power and high mass measurement accuracy of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. Mass resolving power in excess of 100,000 (m/Δm50%) is demonstrated, with mass measurement accuracies below 3 parts-per-million. Imaging of mouse brain tissue at 40 μm pixel size is shown. Tandem mass spectrometry of ions from biological tissue is demonstrated and molecular formulae can be assigned to fragment ions.

  8. Electrochemical behavior of an antiviral drug acyclovir at fullerene-C(60)-modified glassy carbon electrode.

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    Shetti, Nagaraj P; Malode, Shweta J; Nandibewoor, Sharanappa T

    2012-12-01

    Electrochemical oxidation of acyclovir at fullerene-C(60)-modified glassy carbon electrode has been investigated using cyclic and differential pulse voltammetry. In pH 7.4 phosphate buffer, acyclovir showed an irreversible oxidation peak at about 0.96V. The cyclic voltammetric results showed that fullerene-C(60)-modified glassy carbon electrode can remarkably enhance electrocatalytic activity towards the oxidation of acyclovir. The electrocatalytic behavior was further exploited as a sensitive detection scheme for the acyclovir determination by differential pulse voltammetry. Effects of anodic peak potential (E(p)/V), anodic peak current (I(p)/μA) and heterogeneous rate constant (k(0)) have been discussed. Under optimized conditions, the concentration range and detection limit were 9.0×10(-8) to 6.0×10(-6)M and 1.48×10(-8)M, respectively. The proposed method was applied to acyclovir determination in pharmaceutical samples and human biological fluids such as urine and blood plasma as a real sample. This method can also be employed in quality control and routine determination of drugs in pharmaceutical formulations.

  9. Giant THz photoconductivity and possible non-equilibrium superconductivity in metallic K3C60

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    Mitrano, M.; Cantaluppi, A.; Nicoletti, D.; Kaiser, S.; Perucchi, A.; Lupi, S.; Di Pietro, P.; Pontiroli, D.; Riccò, M.; Clark, S. R.; Jaksch, D.; Cavalleri, A.

    2015-01-01

    The non-equilibrium control of emergent phenomena in solids is an important research frontier, encompassing effects like the optical enhancement of superconductivity 1 . Recently, nonlinear excitation 2 , 3 of certain phonons in bilayer cuprates was shown to induce superconducting-like optical properties at temperatures far above Tc 4,5,6. This effect was accompanied by the disruption of competing charge-density-wave correlations7,8, which explained some but not all of the experimental results. Here, we report a similar phenomenon in a very different compound. By exciting metallic K3C60 with mid-infrared optical pulses, we induce a large increase in carrier mobility, accompanied by the opening of a gap in the optical conductivity. Strikingly, these same signatures are observed at equilibrium when cooling metallic K3C60 below the superconducting transition temperature (Tc = 20 K). Although optical techniques alone cannot unequivocally identify non-equilibrium high-temperature superconductivity, we propose this scenario as a possible explanation of our results. PMID:26855424

  10. Extraction and HPLC- UV Analysis of C60, C70, and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester in Synthetic and Natural Waters

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    Studies have shown that C60 fullerene can form stable colloidal suspensions in water that result in C60 aqueous concentrations many orders of magnitude above C60's aqueous solubility; however, quantitative methods for the analysis of C60 and other fullerenes in environmental medi...

  11. Molecular self-healing mechanisms between C60-fullerene and anthracene unveiled by Raman and two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy.

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    Geitner, R; Kötteritzsch, J; Siegmann, M; Fritzsch, R; Bocklitz, T W; Hager, M D; Schubert, U S; Gräfe, S; Dietzek, B; Schmitt, M; Popp, J

    2016-07-21

    The self-healing polymer P(LMA-co-MeAMMA) crosslinked with C60-fullerene has been studied by FT-Raman spectroscopy in combination with two-dimensional (2D) correlation analysis and density functional theory calculations. To unveil the molecular changes during the self-healing process mediated by the Diels-Alder equilibrium between 10-methyl-9-anthracenyl groups and C60-fullerene different anthracene-C60-fullerene adducts have been synthesized and characterized by time-, concentration- and temperature-dependent FT-Raman measurements. The self-healing process could be monitored via the C60-fullerene vibrations at 270, 432 and 1469 cm(-1). Furthermore, the detailed analysis of the concentration-dependent FT-Raman spectra point towards the formation of anthracene-C60-fullerene adducts with an unusual high amount of anthracene bound to C60-fullerene in the polymer film, while the 2D correlation analysis of the temperature-dependent Raman spectra suggests a stepwise dissociation of anthracene-C60-fullerene adducts, which are responsible for the self-healing of the polymer.

  12. Theoretical Study on the Solvation of C60 Fullerene by Ionic Liquids II: DFT Analysis of the Interaction Mechanism.

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    García, Gregorio; Atilhan, Mert; Aparicio, Santiago

    2015-08-20

    As a continuation of our previous work (J. Phys. Chem. B, 2014, 118, 11330) on the solvation of C60 by ionic liquids (ILs) using Molecular Dynamic simulations, this paper reports a systematic density functional theory (DFT) analysis on the interaction mechanism between C60 and 24 different ionic liquids (belonging to the imidazolium, piperazinium, and cholinium groups). Properties such as binding energies, charge distributions, intermolecular interactions, or electronic structure were analyzed as a function of the selected ILs. The stronger IL-C60 interactions would be related with π-π stacking between the C60 surface and anions such as salycilate ([SA]). Likewise, the electronic structure analysis pointed to a well-defined relationship between the energetics of IL-C60 systems and IL features. Therefore, ILs with deep HOMO energies as well as weak interaction between both ions would be a priori good candidates for C60 solvation. Although only short-range interactions are studied in the framework of DFT, this work provides useful information for the rational design of ILs that could exhibit suitable features as C60 solvents.

  13. Synthesis of gold nano-wire and nano-dumbbell shaped colloids and AuC60 nano-clusters

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    Landon, Preston B.; Jarvis, Brandon C.; Gilleland, Cody L.; Renfro, Tim; Gutierrez, Jose; Synowczynski, Jennifer; Hirsch, Samuel G.; Glosser, Robert

    2005-08-01

    A technique for the fabrication of colloidal gold nano-wire and nano-dumbbell shaped particles using carbon nanotubes and rod shaped viruses as templates is described. The gold (Au) encapsulation process was accomplished by the precipitation of gold chloride from aqueous solutions. When this process was conducted in the presence of hydroxylated C60, small pieces of phase-separated composites of AuC60 appeared to have formed. These nano-clusters may turn out to be large noble metal analogs of the alkali metal fullerides with the smallest geometrically possible Au aggregate consisting of 55 gold atoms. The existence of noble metal fullerene composites has been previously theorized. The alkali metal fullerides are examples of phase separated solids and have exhibited superconductivity with temperatures as high 33K. The mechanism required for the binding energy between C60 and gold has been observed to exist between C60 and many of the mirror metals (Al, Ag, Au, Cu, Ni). This binding energy is a charge transfer from the metal Fermi level into the C60 LUMO. If this bonding energy, is greater than the metals coagulation energy an Au/C60 size terminated mechanism during the formation of the gold aggregates by the adhesion of C60 to the surface is energetically favorable.

  14. Neuronal uptake and intracellular superoxide scavenging of a fullerene (C60)-poly(2-oxazoline)s nanoformulation

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    Tong, Jing; Zimmerman, Matthew C.; Li, Shumin; Yi, Xiang; Luxenhofer, Robert; Jordan, Rainer; Kabanov, Alexander V.

    2011-01-01

    Fullerene, the third allotrope of carbon, has been referred to as a “radical sponge” because of its powerful radical scavenging activities. However, the hydrophobicity and toxicity associated with fullerene limits its application as a therapeutic antioxidant. In the present study, we sought to overcome these limitations by generating water-soluble nanoformulations of fullerene (C60). Fullerene (C60) was formulated with poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidine) (PVP) or poly(2-alkyl-2-oxazoline)s (POx) homopolymer and random copolymer to form nano-complexes. These C60-polymer complexes were characterized by UV–vis spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy (IR), dynamic light scattering (DLS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Cellular uptake and intracellular distribution of the selected formulations in catecholaminergic (CATH.a) neurons were examined by UV–vis spectroscopy, immunofluorescence and immunogold labeling. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was used to determine the ability of these C60-polymer complexes to scavenge superoxide. Their cytotoxicity was evaluated in three different cell lines. C60-POx and C60-PVP complexes exhibited similar physicochemical properties and antioxidant activities. C60-poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) (PEtOx) complex, but not C60-PVP complex, were efficiently taken up by CATH.a neurons and attenuated the increase in intra-neuronal superoxide induced by angiotensin II (Ang II) stimulation. These results show that C60-POx complexes are non-toxic, neuronal cell permeable, superoxide scavenging antioxidants that might be promising candidates for the treatment of brain-related diseases associated with increased levels of superoxide. PMID:21342705

  15. Photosynthetic antenna-reaction center mimicry with a covalently linked monostyryl boron-dipyrromethene-aza-boron-dipyrromethene-C60 triad.

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    Shi, Wen-Jing; El-Khouly, Mohamed E; Ohkubo, Kei; Fukuzumi, Shunichi; Ng, Dennis K P

    2013-08-19

    An efficient functional mimic of the photosynthetic antenna-reaction center has been designed and synthesized. The model contains a near-infrared-absorbing aza-boron-dipyrromethene (ADP) that is connected to a monostyryl boron-dipyrromethene (BDP) by a click reaction and to a fullerene (C60 ) using the Prato reaction. The intramolecular photoinduced energy and electron-transfer processes of this triad as well as the corresponding dyads BDP-ADP and ADP-C60 have been studied with steady-state and time-resolved absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic methods in benzonitrile. Upon excitation, the BDP moiety of the triad is significantly quenched due to energy transfer to the ADP core, which subsequently transfers an electron to the fullerene unit. Cyclic and differential pulse voltammetric studies have revealed the redox states of the components, which allow estimation of the energies of the charge-separated states. Such calculations show that electron transfer from the singlet excited ADP ((1) ADP*) to C60 yielding ADP(.+) -C60 (.-) is energetically favorable. By using femtosecond laser flash photolysis, concrete evidence has been obtained for the occurrence of energy transfer from (1) BDP* to ADP in the dyad BDP-ADP and electron transfer from (1) ADP* to C60 in the dyad ADP-C60 . Sequential energy and electron transfer have also been clearly observed in the triad BDP-ADP-C60 . By monitoring the rise of ADP emission, it has been found that the rate of energy transfer is fast (≈10(11)  s(-1) ). The dynamics of electron transfer through (1) ADP* has also been studied by monitoring the formation of C60 radical anion at 1000 nm. A fast charge-separation process from (1) ADP* to C60 has been detected, which gives the relatively long-lived BDP-ADP(.+) C60 (.-) with a lifetime of 1.47 ns. As shown by nanosecond transient absorption measurements, the charge-separated state decays slowly to populate mainly the triplet state of ADP before returning to the ground state

  16. Charge exchange and cluster formation in an rf Paul trap: interaction of alkali atoms with C +60

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    Pollack, Stuart; Cameron, Douglas; Rokni, Mordechai; Hill, Winfield; Parks, J. H.

    1996-06-01

    A Paul ion trap was used to study the formation of clusters under controlled temperature and pressure conditions. Exposure of cold C +60 ions to Li flux leads to the formation of Li nC +60 clusters ( n = 1-18) occurring by the sequential association of Li atoms. Cluster formation dependence on He pressure displayed a competition between vibrational relaxation and unimolecular dissociation. Collisions with Na, K, Rb and Cs atoms resulted in dissociative charge exchange. Decay rates of C +60 ions resulting from these low-energy charge exchange collisions were consistent with Langevin capture rates.

  17. Fabrication of C60 Tri-Diethyl Malonate Membrane via an Electrospinning Method and Its Antibacterial Property.

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    Li, Hui; Chen, Shou; Peng, Xiaohua; Sun, Jiangning; Shu, Chunying; Jiang, Li; Wang, Chunru

    2016-03-01

    A homogeneous C60 tri-diethyl malonate membrane was fabricated by a facile electro-spinning method. Comprehensive characterizations of its assembling structure, such as SEM, TEM, TGA, UV-vis, and FTIR, were carried out. Different fullerene derivatives show different assembling characters during the electrospining process. Notably, C60 tri-diethyl malonate with close-knite structures can form a stable structure after removing the assistant polymer of PVP. The antibacterial experiments of C60 tri-diethyl malonate membrane were performed, and the results revealed that this membrane owns excellent antibacterial activity.

  18. The reaction of fullerene C(60) with phthalazine: the mechanochemical solid-state reaction yielding a new C(60) dimer versus the liquid-phase reaction affording an open-cage fullerene.

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    Murata, Y; Kato, N; Komatsu, K

    2001-11-02

    The reaction of fullerene C(60) with phthalazine was studied both in solution and in the solid state using the high-speed vibration-milling technique. The reaction in solution gave open-cage fullerene derivative 1 in 44% yield by a one-pot reaction. In contrast, the solid-state reaction afforded dimeric derivative 2 as the sole product. Dimeric derivative 2 was found to undergo intramolecular [2 + 2] cycloaddtion between the two C(60) cages located in close proximity to give a new C(60) dimer 6 in quantitative yield. The structures of these new derivatives of C(60) were determined by spectroscopic methods, and the electrochemical behavior of 2 and 6 was also studied.

  19. Phase transformations in amorphous fullerite C60 under high pressure and high temperature

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    Borisova, P. A.; Blanter, M. S.; Brazhkin, V. V.; Somenkov, V. A.; Filonenko, V. P.

    2015-08-01

    First phase transformations of amorphous fullerite C60 at high temperatures (up to 1800 K) and high pressures (up to 8 GPa) have been investigated and compared with the previous studies on the crystalline fullerite. The study was conducted using neutron diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The amorphous fullerite was obtained by ball-milling. We have shown that under thermobaric treatment no crystallization of amorphous fullerite into С60 molecular modification is observed, and it transforms into amorphous-like or crystalline graphite. A kinetic diagram of phase transformation of amorphous fullerite in temperature-pressure coordinates was constructed for the first time. Unlike in crystalline fullerite, no crystalline polymerized phases were formed under thermobaric treatment on amorphous fullerite. We found that amorphous fullerite turned out to be less resistant to thermobaric treatment, and amorphous-like or crystalline graphite were formed at lower temperatures than in crystalline fullerite.

  20. Exploring two-dimensional soap-foam films using fullerene (C60) nanosensors

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    Maguire, John F.; Amer, Maher S.; Busbee, John

    2003-04-01

    A large number of studies have been devoted to the investigation of foam structure formation, characteristics, and stability. In this paper, we use fullerene (C60) spheres as Raman active nanosensors to probe the local chemical environment in a two-dimensional soap foam. It has been found that the position of the Raman active pentagon pinch mode around 1469 cm-1 shifts to lower wave numbers with the increase in the angle between foam-cell boundaries. The observed shift is due to changes in the local chemical interaction between the nanosensor and its environment. The study demonstrates that fullerenes may be used as sensitive nanoscale sensors to probe the local chemical potential in soft and interfacial materials, and more importantly in thermodynamically small systems.

  1. Stereodivergent Synthesis of Chiral Fullerenes by [3 + 2] Cycloadditions to C60

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    2013-01-01

    A wide range of new dipoles and catalysts have been used in 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions of N-metalated azomethine ylides onto C60 yielding a full stereodivergent synthesis of pyrrolidino[60]fullerenes with complete diastereoselectivities and very high enantioselectivities. The use of less-explored chiral α-iminoamides as starting 1,3-dipoles leads to an interesting double asymmetric induction resulting in a matching/mismatching effect depending upon the absolute configuration of the stereocenter in the starting α-iminoamide. An enantioselective process was also found in the retrocycloaddition reaction as revealed by mass spectrometry analysis on quasi-enantiomeric pyrrolidino[60]fullerenes. Theoretical DFT calculations are in very good agreement with the experimental data. On the basis of this agreement, a plausible reaction mechanism is proposed. PMID:24359021

  2. C2 Fragmentation Energy of C60 Revisited: Theory Disagrees with Most Experiments

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    Boese, A. Daniel; Scuseria, Gustavo E.

    1998-01-01

    Following our earlier work on the subject, we have carried out density functional theory (DFT) and second-order Moller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2) calculations of the dissociation energy of the reaction C60 yields C58 + C2 using polarized basis sets and geometries optimized with DFT methods. The present theoretical results support an electronic fragmentation energy D(sub e) around 10-11 eV in disagreement with most experimental results that place the dissociation energy D(sub o) (including zero point energy) around 7-8 eV. The plausible errors remaining in the theoretical calculations are unlikely to account for this big difference (2-4 eV).

  3. C60 as an Efficient n-Type Compact Layer in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Wojciechowski, Konrad; Leijtens, Tomas; Siprova, Svetlana; Schlueter, Christoph; Hörantner, Maximilian T; Wang, Jacob Tse-Wei; Li, Chang-Zhi; Jen, Alex K-Y; Lee, Tien-Lin; Snaith, Henry J

    2015-06-18

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have rapidly evolved over the last 3 years. There are still a number of issues and open questions related to the perovskite material, such as the phenomenon of anomalous hysteresis in current-voltage characteristics and long-term stability of the devices. In this work, we focus on the electron selective contact in the perovskite solar cells and physical processes occurring at that heterojunction. We developed efficient devices by replacing the commonly employed TiO2 compact layer with fullerene C60 in a regular n-i-p architecture. Detailed spectroscopic characterization allows us to present further insight into the nature of photocurrent hysteresis and charge extraction limitations arising at the n-type contact in a standard device. Furthermore, we show preliminary stability data of perovskite solar cells under working conditions, suggesting that an n-type organic charge collection layer can increase the long-term performance.

  4. Synthesis, structure and properties of superhard nanostructured films deposited by the C60 ion beam.

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    Pukha, V E; Pugachov, A T; Churakova, N P; Zubarev, E N; Vinogradov, V E; Nam, S C

    2012-06-01

    In this work, we present results on study of DLC, nanocomposite and nanocrystal nanographite films synthesized utilizing mass-separated beam of C60-ions with energy in range from 2 to 6 keV (energy dispersions approximately 1 keV) and at Ts in the range of RT - 873 K. The dependence of the structure, mechanical and electrical properties from the ion energy and substrate temperature was revealed. We demonstrate a possibility to control the orientation of the base planes in the nanographite grains during the film growth. The dependence of mechanical properties of the films from the orientation of the base planes was defined. It is discussed a mechanisms of oriented growth for nanocrystal graphite. Possible applications of the textured nanocomposite and nanographite films are nanodevices, thin-filmed lithium batteries and field-emitter arrays.

  5. Nanoindentation on carbon thin films obtained from a C 60 ion beam

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    Dall'Asén, A. G.; Verdier, M.; Huck, H.; Halac, E. B.; Reinoso, M.

    2006-09-01

    Raman spectra, atomic force microscope (AFM) images, hardness ( H) and Young's modulus ( E) measurements were carried out in order to characterize carbon thin films obtained from a C 60 ion beam on silicon substrates at different deposition energies (from 100 up to 500 eV). The mechanical properties were studied via the nanoindentation technique. It has been observed by Raman spectroscopy and AFM that the microstructure presents significant changes for films deposited at energies close to 300 eV. However, these remarkable changes have not been noticeable on the mechanical properties: apparently H and E increase with higher deposition energy up to ˜11 and ˜116 GPa, respectively. These values are underestimated if the influence of the film roughness is not taken into account.

  6. Theoretical analysis for the specific heat and thermal parameters of solid C60

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    Soto, J. R.; Calles, A.; Castro, J. J.

    1997-08-01

    We present the results of a theoretical analysis for the thermal parameters and phonon contribution to the specific heat in solid C60. The phonon contribution to the specific heat is calculated through the solution of the corresponding dynamical matrix, for different points in the Brillouin zone, and the construccion of the partial and generalized phonon density of states. The force constants are obtained from a first principle calculation, using a SCF Hartree-Fock wave function from the Gaussian 92 program. The thermal parameters reported are the effective temperatures and vibrational amplitudes as a function of temperature. Using this model we present a parametization scheme in order to reproduce the general behaviour of the experimental specific heat for these materials.

  7. Influence of surface morphology evolution of SubPc layers on the performance of SubPc/C60 organic photovoltaic cells

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    Kim, Jinhyun; Yim, Sanggyu

    2011-11-01

    In this study, small-molecule organic solar cells based on choloro[subphthalocyaninato]boron (III) (SubPc) as an electron donor and fullerene (C60) as an electron acceptor were fabricated by varying the thickness, d, of the SubPc layer. The power conversion efficiency was maximized to 1.8% at d ˜ 130 Å due to the relatively large values of the short-circuit current density (JSC) and fill factor (FF). This optimal thickness was also strongly related to the surface morphology evolution of the SubPc thin films. The corrugated surface nanostructures were continually formed until the thickness of the film increased up to 130 Å, which is advantageous for the formation of an interdigitated electron donor-acceptor interface. In contrast, for films thicker than 130 Å, the corrugated surface structures were filled with subsequently deposited molecules, leading to a smoother morphology and consequently reduced JSC and FF value of the cells.

  8. Influence of fullerene (C60) on soil bacterial communities: aqueous aggregate size and solvent co-introduction effects.

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    Tong, Zhong-Hua; Bischoff, Marianne; Nies, Loring F; Carroll, Natalie J; Applegate, Bruce; Turco, Ronald F

    2016-06-16

    Fullerene C60 nanoparticles are being used in broad range of applications. It is important to assess their potential impacts in the environment. We evaluated the effects of C60 introduced as aqueous suspensions of nC60 aggregates of different particle size or via organic solvents on soils with different organic matter contents in this study. Impacts of the application were evaluated by measuring total microbial biomass, metabolic activity and bacterial community structure. Results show that nC60 aggregates, introduced as an aqueous suspension, had size-dependent effects on soil bacterial community composition in the low organic matter system, but induced minimal change in the microbial biomass and metabolic activity in soils with both high and low organic matter contents. Fullerene C60, co-introduced via an organic solvent, did not influence the response of soil microbes to the organic solvents. Our results suggest that nC60 aggregates of smaller size may have negative impact on soil biota and soil organic matter may play a key role in modulating the environmental effect of nanomaterials.

  9. Influence of fullerene (C60) on soil bacterial communities: aqueous aggregate size and solvent co-introduction effects

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    Tong, Zhong-Hua; Bischoff, Marianne; Nies, Loring F.; Carroll, Natalie J.; Applegate, Bruce; Turco, Ronald F.

    2016-06-01

    Fullerene C60 nanoparticles are being used in broad range of applications. It is important to assess their potential impacts in the environment. We evaluated the effects of C60 introduced as aqueous suspensions of nC60 aggregates of different particle size or via organic solvents on soils with different organic matter contents in this study. Impacts of the application were evaluated by measuring total microbial biomass, metabolic activity and bacterial community structure. Results show that nC60 aggregates, introduced as an aqueous suspension, had size-dependent effects on soil bacterial community composition in the low organic matter system, but induced minimal change in the microbial biomass and metabolic activity in soils with both high and low organic matter contents. Fullerene C60, co-introduced via an organic solvent, did not influence the response of soil microbes to the organic solvents. Our results suggest that nC60 aggregates of smaller size may have negative impact on soil biota and soil organic matter may play a key role in modulating the environmental effect of nanomaterials.

  10. Direct observation of photocarrier electron dynamics in C60 films on graphite by time-resolved two-photon photoemission

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    Shibuta, Masahiro; Yamamoto, Kazuo; Ohta, Tsutomu; Nakaya, Masato; Eguchi, Toyoaki; Nakajima, Atsushi

    2016-10-01

    Time-resolved two-photon photoemission (TR-2PPE) spectroscopy is employed to probe the electronic states of a C60 fullerene film formed on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), acting as a model two-dimensional (2D) material for multi-layered graphene. Owing to the in-plane sp2-hybridized nature of the HOPG, the TR-2PPE spectra reveal the energetics and dynamics of photocarriers in the C60 film: after hot excitons are nascently formed in C60 via intramolecular excitation by a pump photon, they dissociate into photocarriers of free electrons and the corresponding holes, and the electrons are subsequently detected by a probe photon as photoelectrons. The decay rate of photocarriers from the C60 film into the HOPG is evaluated to be 1.31 × 1012 s‑1, suggesting a weak van der Waals interaction at the interface, where the photocarriers tentatively occupy the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of C60. The photocarrier electron dynamics following the hot exciton dissociation in the organic thin films has not been realized for any metallic substrates exhibiting strong interactions with the overlayer. Furthermore, the thickness dependence of the electron lifetime in the LUMO reveals that the electron hopping rate in C60 layers is 3.3 ± 1.2 × 1013 s‑1.

  11. Direct observation of photocarrier electron dynamics in C60 films on graphite by time-resolved two-photon photoemission

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    Shibuta, Masahiro; Yamamoto, Kazuo; Ohta, Tsutomu; Nakaya, Masato; Eguchi, Toyoaki; Nakajima, Atsushi

    2016-01-01

    Time-resolved two-photon photoemission (TR-2PPE) spectroscopy is employed to probe the electronic states of a C60 fullerene film formed on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), acting as a model two-dimensional (2D) material for multi-layered graphene. Owing to the in-plane sp2-hybridized nature of the HOPG, the TR-2PPE spectra reveal the energetics and dynamics of photocarriers in the C60 film: after hot excitons are nascently formed in C60 via intramolecular excitation by a pump photon, they dissociate into photocarriers of free electrons and the corresponding holes, and the electrons are subsequently detected by a probe photon as photoelectrons. The decay rate of photocarriers from the C60 film into the HOPG is evaluated to be 1.31 × 1012 s−1, suggesting a weak van der Waals interaction at the interface, where the photocarriers tentatively occupy the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of C60. The photocarrier electron dynamics following the hot exciton dissociation in the organic thin films has not been realized for any metallic substrates exhibiting strong interactions with the overlayer. Furthermore, the thickness dependence of the electron lifetime in the LUMO reveals that the electron hopping rate in C60 layers is 3.3 ± 1.2 × 1013 s−1. PMID:27775005

  12. Characterization of Plasma Gun with TiH2/C60 Cartridge for Disruption Mitigation in Tokamaks

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    Bogatu, I. N.; Thompson, J. R.; Galkin, S. A.; Kim, J. S.; HyperV Technologies Corp. Team

    2011-10-01

    Impurity injection for disruption mitigation in tokamaks must be faster than growth time of plasma instabilities, requires sufficient mass to get critical electron density, high penetrability, and large assimilation fraction in the core plasma, with rapid impurity redistribution over the whole plasma. FAR-TECH, Inc. proposed the innovative idea to use hyper-velocity (>30 km/s), high-density (>1023 m-3) C60/C plasma jets with high ram pressure to deliver the impurity mass in <1 ms. For this purpose C60 powder explosively sublimated into molecular gas, from a solid state, pulsed power driven TiH2/C60 injector cartridge is ionized and accelerated in a plasma accelerator. We report the complete characterization of the TiH2/C60 cartridge with 5 kJ capacitive driver which demonstrated the capability of producing >30 mg of C60 gas in <0.5 ms. In addition we present the construction and testing status of a 100 kJ coaxial plasma gun (~35 cm length) prototype with TiH2/C60 cartridge for a small scale, proof-of-principle experiment on a tokamak. Work supported by the US DOE DE-FG02-08ER85196 grant.

  13. Activation Effect of Fullerene C60 on the Carbon Dioxide Absorption Performance of Amine-Rich Polypropylenimine Dendrimers.

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    Andreoli, Enrico; Barron, Andrew R

    2015-08-24

    Converting amine-rich compounds into highly effective carbon dioxide (CO2 ) sorbents requires a better understanding and control of their properties. The reaction of fullerene C60 with polyethyleneimine converts the polymer into a high-performance CO2 sorbent. In this study, experimental evidence is reported for the activation effect of C60 on the amine moieties of the polymer. To do so, polypropylenimine (PPI) dendrimers that allowed for a systematic comparison of molecular composition and CO2 absorption were used. The addition of C60 to PPI to form PPI-C60 results in a reduction of the energy barrier of CO2 absorption, but also in a parallel decrease in the frequency of successful collisions between CO2 and PPI-C60 due to a possible disruption of the hydrogen-bonding network of amino groups and bound water in PPI. This finding supports the existence of a non-affinity "repulsive" effect between hydrophobic C60 and hydrophilic amines that forces them to be actively exposed to CO2.

  14. Influence of fullerene (C60) on soil bacterial communities: aqueous aggregate size and solvent co-introduction effects

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    Tong, Zhong-Hua; Bischoff, Marianne; Nies, Loring F.; Carroll, Natalie J.; Applegate, Bruce; Turco, Ronald F.

    2016-01-01

    Fullerene C60 nanoparticles are being used in broad range of applications. It is important to assess their potential impacts in the environment. We evaluated the effects of C60 introduced as aqueous suspensions of nC60 aggregates of different particle size or via organic solvents on soils with different organic matter contents in this study. Impacts of the application were evaluated by measuring total microbial biomass, metabolic activity and bacterial community structure. Results show that nC60 aggregates, introduced as an aqueous suspension, had size-dependent effects on soil bacterial community composition in the low organic matter system, but induced minimal change in the microbial biomass and metabolic activity in soils with both high and low organic matter contents. Fullerene C60, co-introduced via an organic solvent, did not influence the response of soil microbes to the organic solvents. Our results suggest that nC60 aggregates of smaller size may have negative impact on soil biota and soil organic matter may play a key role in modulating the environmental effect of nanomaterials. PMID:27306076

  15. Immunostimulatory properties and enhanced TNF- α mediated cellular immunity for tumor therapy by C60(OH)20 nanoparticles

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    Liu, Ying; Jiao, Fang; Qiu, Yang; Li, Wei; Qu, Ying; Tian, Chixia; Li, Yufeng; Bai, Ru; Lao, Fang; Zhao, Yuliang; Chai, Zhifang; Chen, Chunying

    2009-10-01

    Publications concerning the mechanism of biological activity, especially the immunological mechanism of C60(OH)20 nanoparticles, are relatively limited. However, the structure and characteristics of this carbon allotrope have been widely investigated. In this paper, we have demonstrated that water-soluble C60(OH)20 nanoparticles have an efficient anti-tumor activity in vivo, and show specific immunomodulatory effects to the immune cells, such as T cells and macrophages, both in vivo and in vitro. For example, C60(OH)20 nanoparticles can increase the production of T-helper cell type 1 (Th1) cytokines (IL-2, IFN- γ and TNF-α), and decrease the production of Th2 cytokines (IL-4, IL-5 and IL-6) in serum samples. On the other hand, C60(OH)20 nanoparticles show almost no adverse effect to the viability of immune cells in vitro but stimulate the immune cells to release more cytokines, in particular TNF- α, which plays a key role in the cellular immune process to help eliminate abnormal cells. TNF- α production increased almost three-fold in treated T lymphocytes and macrophages. Accordingly, we conclude that C60(OH)20 nanoparticles have an efficient anti-tumor activity and this effect is associated with an increased CD4+/CD8+ lymphocyte ratio and the enhancement of TNF- α production. The data suggest that C60(OH)20 nanoparticles can improve the immune response to help to scavenge and kill tumor cells.

  16. Evidence that polyhydroxylated C60 fullerenes (fullerenols) amplify the effect of lipopolysaccharides to induce rapid leukocyte infiltration in vivo.

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    Gonçalves, D M; Girard, D

    2013-12-16

    Fullerenols C60(OH) have therapeutic potential, but there is debate regarding their toxicity. Here, we tested the hypothesis that C60(OH)n possesses a pro-inflammatory effect in vivo. Kinetic and dose-dependent experiments performed with the murine air pouch model of acute inflammation revealed that, unlike TiO2 used as a positive control in this model, C60(OH)n NPs were not pro-inflammatory in CD-1, C57BL/6, and BALB/c mice. However, after 3 h of treatment, C60(OH)n NPs were found to amplify the effect of lipopolysaccharides (LPS) causing a rapid leukocyte influx in which the major cells observed are neutrophils. The use of an antibody array assay to detect different analytes simultaneously indicates that the amplification effect is, at least partially, explained by an increased local production of several cytokines/chemokines in the exudates, including the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-6. Using an ELISA to quantify the amount of IL-6 produced into air pouch exudates, we demonstrated that C60(OH)n increases the LPS-induced local production of this cytokine. Therefore, although C60(OH)n NPs alone do not exert proinflammatory activity under certain conditions, they can act in concert with other agents to cause inflammation, a situation that is likely to occur in vivo.

  17. Immunotoxicity of nanoparticles: a computational study suggests that CNTs and C60 fullerenes might be recognized as pathogens by Toll-like receptors

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    Turabekova, M.; Rasulev, B.; Theodore, M.; Jackman, J.; Leszczynska, D.; Leszczynski, J.

    2014-03-01

    Over the last decade, a great deal of attention has been devoted to study the inflammatory response upon exposure to multi/single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and different fullerene derivatives. In particular, carbon nanoparticles are reported to provoke substantial inflammation in alveolar and bronchial epithelial cells, epidermal keratinocytes, cultured monocyte-macrophage cells, etc. We suggest a hypothetical model providing the potential mechanistic explanation for immune and inflammatory responses observed upon exposure to carbon nanoparticles. Specifically, we performed a theoretical study to analyze CNT and C60 fullerene interactions with the available X-ray structures of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) homo- and hetero-dimer extracellular domains. This assumption was based on the fact that similar to the known TLR ligands both CNTs and fullerenes induce, in cells, the secretion of certain inflammatory protein mediators, such as interleukins and chemokines. These proteins are observed within inflammation downstream processes resulted from the ligand molecule dependent inhibition or activation of TLR-induced signal transduction. Our computational studies have shown that the internal hydrophobic pockets of some TLRs might be capable of binding small-sized carbon nanostructures (5,5 armchair SWCNTs containing 11 carbon atom layers and C60 fullerene). High binding scores and minor structural alterations induced in TLR ectodomains upon binding C60 and CNTs further supported our hypothesis. Additionally, the proposed hypothesis is strengthened by the indirect experimental findings indicating that CNTs and fullerenes induce an excessive expression of specific cytokines and chemokines (i.e. IL-8 and MCP1).Over the last decade, a great deal of attention has been devoted to study the inflammatory response upon exposure to multi/single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and different fullerene derivatives. In particular, carbon nanoparticles are reported to provoke

  18. Tissue-protective effects of fullerenol C60(OH)24 and amifostine in irradiated rats.

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    Trajković, Sanja; Dobrić, Silva; Jaćević, Vesna; Dragojević-Simić, Viktorija; Milovanović, Zoran; Dordević, Aleksandar

    2007-07-01

    Polyhydroxylated fullerenes, named fullerenols (C(60)(OH)(n); n=12-26) are excellent antioxidants. Harmful effects of ionizing radiation on living organism are mainly mediated by free radical species and fullerenols attract an attention as a potential radioprotectors. Our preliminary investigations on mice and rats subjected to radiation injury show that fullerenol C(60)(OH)(24) provides high survival rate of irradiated small rodents. Radioprotective effect was comparable to that of the standard radioprotector amifostine. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of fullerenol C(60)(OH)(24) (10 and 100mg/kg i.p.) and amifostine (300 mg/kg i.p.) in protection of rats against harmful effects of ionizing radiation. The animals were whole-body irradiated by X-rays (8 MV). Both compounds were given 30 min before irradiation. In order to evaluate the general radioprotective efficacy of fullerenol and amifostine rats were irradiated with an absolutely lethal dose of X-rays (8 Gy) and their survival and body mass gain were monitored during the period of 30 days after irradiation. The aim of the second part of the study is to investigate the tissue-protective effects of tested compounds (100 mg/kg i.p. of fullerenol and 300 mg/kg i.p. of amifostine, 30 min before irradiation). It was carried out on rats irradiated with a sublethal dose of X-rays (7 Gy). Influence of ionizing radiation on hematopoesis as well as the radioprotective efficiency of the compounds given were evaluated by determining blood cell count during 28 days after irradiation. For this purpose the blood was taken from tail vein before irradiation and on the 3rd, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th day after irradiation. In order to estimate the radioprotective effects of fullerenol and amifostine on other rat tissue, the animals were sacrificed on the 7th and 28th day after irradiation and their main organs (lung, heart, liver, kidney, small intestine and spleen) were taken for histopathological analysis. In

  19. Determining the Origin of Half-bandgap-voltage Electroluminescence in Bifunctional Rubrene/C60 Devices

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    Chen, Qiusong; Jia, Weiyao; Chen, Lixiang; Yuan, De; Zou, Yue; Xiong, Zuhong

    2016-05-01

    Lowering the driving voltage of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) is an important approach to reduce their energy consumption. We have fabricated a series of bifunctional devices (OLEDs and photovoltaics) using rubrene and fullerene (C60) as the active layer, in which the electroluminescence threshold voltage(~1.1 V) was half the value of the bandgap of rubrene. Magneto-electroluminescence (MEL) response of planner heterojunction diodes exhibited a small increase in response to a low magnetic field strength (<20 mT) however, a very large decay was observed at a high magnetic field strength (>20 mT). When a hole-transport layer with a low mobility was included in these devices, the MEL response reversed in shape, and simultaneously, the EL threshold voltage became larger than the bandgap voltage. When bulk heterojunction device was examined, the amplitude of MEL curves presented an anomalous voltage-dependence. Following an analysis of the MEL responses of these devices, we proposed that the EL of half-bandgap-voltage device originated from bimolecular triplet-triplet annihilation in the rubrene film, rather than from singlet excitons that formed via an interface auger recombination. This work provides critical insight into the mechanisms of OLED emission and will help advance the applications of bifunctional devices.

  20. Energy Gain in Collisions of Highly Charged Ions with C_60

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    Thumm, Uwe; Bárány, Anders; Cederquist, Henrik

    1997-04-01

    Within the dynamical classical over--barrier model for charge transfer in soft ion--cluster collisions [1], we have simulated [2] the kinetic energy gain Q of 3.3 q keV Ar^q+ ions in collisions with neutral C_60 targets. Our semi--classical theory allows for the calculation of Q in two different ways, either as difference of electronic binding energies before and after the collision or by integrating the dynamically changing force between the collision partners along the trajectory. A comparison between the two ways provides an intrinsic test of the model calculation. Comparison with recent experimental data [3] shows good agreement in the main features of the energy gain spectra and facilitates their interpretation in terms of the number and final states of transferred electrons. [1] U. Thumm, J. Phys. B27 3515 (1994); Phys. Rev. A55 (Jan.1997). [2] U. Thumm, A. Bárány and H. Cederquist, to be published. [3] N. Selberg et al., Phys. Rev. A 53, 874 (1996). description U.T. is supported by the Division of Chemical Sciences, Basis Energy Sciences, Office of Energy Research, U.S. Department of Energy.

  1. Quantitative first-principles calculations of valence and core excitation spectra of solid C60

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    Fossard, F.; Hug, G.; Gilmore, K.; Kas, J. J.; Rehr, J. J.; Vila, F. D.; Shirley, E. L.

    2017-03-01

    We present calculated valence and C 1 s near-edge excitation spectra of solid C60 and experimental results measured with high-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The near-edge calculations are carried out using three different methods: solution of the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) as implemented in the ocean suite (Obtaining Core Excitations with Ab Initio methods and the NIST BSE solver), the excited-electron core-hole approach, and the constrained-occupancy method using the Stockholm-Berlin core excitation code, StoBe. The three methods give similar results and are in good agreement with experiment, though the BSE results are the most accurate. The BSE formalism is also used to carry out valence level calculations using the NIST BSE solver. Theoretical results include self-energy corrections to the band gap and bandwidths, lifetime-damping effects, and Debye-Waller effects in the core excitation case. A comparison of spectral features to those observed experimentally illustrates the sensitivity of certain features to computational details, such as self-energy corrections to the band structure and core-hole screening.

  2. Effects of target polarization in electron elastic scattering off endohedral A @C60

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    Dolmatov, V. K.; Amusia, M. Ya.; Chernysheva, L. V.

    2017-01-01

    We have developed an efficient approximation to describe the low-energy electron elastic scattering off an endohedral fullerene A @CN . It accounts for polarization of A @CN by incoming electrons without reference to complicated details of the electronic structure of CN itself. The developed approach has permitted us to unravel spectacular A @CN polarization effects in low-energy e-+A @CN elastic scattering, particularly the effects due to interelectron interaction between the electrons of both CN and A . We show that contribution of a single atom A remains unscreened by the multiatomic CN despite the fact that the projectile's wavelength is bigger than the size of the target. Inclusion of A and CN polarizability interference leads to violation of the previously predicted phase additivity rule. The partial scattering cross sections acquire prominent Ramsauer-type minima which, however, disappear in the total cross section. The study reveals notable trends in e-+A @CN elastic scattering versus the polarizability of an encapsulated atom. We also predict the existence of certain negative ions A @CN- . We chose Ne, Xe, and Ba as atoms A , and C60 as the endohedral CN, as the case study. The work focuses on a reasonable compromise between the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the problem in general rather than on carrying out detailed calculations for one particular system.

  3. Electronic structure evolution in doping of fullerene (C60) by molybdenum trioxide

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    Wang, Chenggong; Gao, Yongli

    2014-09-01

    Molybdenum oxide doping of fullerene has been investigated using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and inverse photoemission spectroscopy (IPES). The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital and the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) can be observed directly with IPES and UPS. It is observed that the Fermi level position in fullerene is modified by molybdenum oxide doping, and the HOMO onset is shifted to less than 0.3 eV below the Fermi level. The energy level shift is found to saturate at doping ratio of 18%. Till this stage, the shift depends on the doping concentration in a semi-logarithmic scale, with a slope substantially higher than that of the traditional semiconductor theory. The XPS results indicate that charge transfer continues beyond the energy level shift saturation till the doping ratio reaches 66% as evidenced by the Mo5+ component. At higher doping concentration, there is more Mo6+ component, which indicates the saturation of the charge transfer between MoOx and C60.

  4. Femtosecond dynamics of correlated many-body states in C60 fullerenes

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    Usenko, Sergey; Schüler, Michael; Azima, Armin; Jakob, Markus; Lazzarino, Leslie L.; Pavlyukh, Yaroslav; Przystawik, Andreas; Drescher, Markus; Laarmann, Tim; Berakdar, Jamal

    2016-11-01

    Fullerene complexes may play a key role in the design of future molecular electronics and nanostructured devices with potential applications in light harvesting using organic solar cells. Charge and energy flow in these systems is mediated by many-body effects. We studied the structure and dynamics of laser-induced multi-electron excitations in isolated C60 by two-photon photoionization as a function of excitation wavelength using a tunable fs UV laser and developed a corresponding theoretical framework on the basis of ab initio calculations. The measured resonance line width gives direct information on the excited state lifetime. From the spectral deconvolution we derive a lower limit for purely electronic relaxation on the order of {τ }{el}={10}-3+5 fs. Energy dissipation towards nuclear degrees of freedom is studied with time-resolved techniques. The evaluation of the nonlinear autocorrelation trace gives a characteristic time constant of {τ }{vib}=400+/- 100 fs for the exponential decay. In line with the experiment, the observed transient dynamics is explained theoretically by nonadiabatic (vibronic) couplings involving the correlated electronic, the nuclear degrees of freedom (accounting for the Herzberg-Teller coupling), and their interplay.

  5. Cooperative Jahn-Teller effect in a 2D mesoscopic C{60/n-} system with D5d symmetry adsorbed on buffer layers using Ising EFT model

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    Abou Ghantous, M.; Moujaes, E. A.; Dunn, J. L.; Khater, A.

    2012-06-01

    Fullerene molecules adsorbed on surfaces often show macroscopic average distortions. As charged ions C60n- are known to be Jahn-Teller (JT) active, it is suggested that these distortions could be a manifestation of cooperative JT effects (CJTE) due to interactions between neighbouring fullerene ions. In order to understand the distortion properties it is necessary to take correlations between different distortions into account. However, this can't easily be done in the mean field approximation usually used to describe the CJTE. We therefore propose an alternative procedure to describe 2D mesoscopic islands of C60 ions in which a pseudo vector spin overrightarrow{S} is evoked to represent degenerate JT-distorted states when the quadratic JT coupling is considered. This approach is analogous to methods used for 2D magnetic systems. We then use the differential operator technique in effective field theory within the Ising approach. We include the effects of weak surface interactions and dynamic motion between equivalent distortions via terms equivalent to anisotropy and a transverse field in magnetism respectively. For distortions to D5d symmetry, we determine single site correlations as a function of temperature, the macroscopic average distortion describing a structural phase transition, and the isothermal response function. Phase diagrams are presented for relevant cases of the system parameters.

  6. Radioactive decay speedup at T=5 K: electron-capture decay rate of (7)Be encapsulated in C(60).

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    Ohtsuki, T; Ohno, K; Morisato, T; Mitsugashira, T; Hirose, K; Yuki, H; Kasagi, J

    2007-06-22

    The electron-capture (EC) decay rate of (7)Be in C(60) at the temperature of liquid helium (T=5 K) was measured and compared with the rate in Be metal at T=293 K. We found that the half-life of (7)Be in endohedral C(60) ((7)Be@C(60)) at a temperature close to T=5 K is 52.47+/-0.04 d, a value that is 0.34% faster than that at T=293 K. In this environment, the half-life of (7)Be is nearly 1.5% faster than that inside Be metal at room temperature (T=293 K). We then interpreted our observations in terms of calculations of the electron density at the (7)Be nucleus position inside the C(60); further, we estimate theoretically the temperature dependence (at T=0 K and 293 K) of the electron density at the Be nucleus position in the stable center inside C(60). The theoretical estimates were almost in agreement with the experimental observations.

  7. Charge separation in a covalently-linked phthalocyanine-oligo(p-phenylenevinylene)-C60 system. Influence of the solvent polarity.

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    Cid, Juan-José; Kahnt, Axel; Vázquez, Purificación; Guldi, Dirk M; Torres, Tomás

    2012-03-01

    A photo- and redoxactive system ZnPc-oPPV-C(60)2, in which the photoexcited state electron donor - zinc phthalocyanine - and the ground state electron acceptor - C(60) - are connected by a oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) (oPPV) spacer, has been synthesized in a multi-step synthesis by means of two consecutive Wadsworth-Horner-Emmons and a dipolar 1,3-cycloaddition reactions as key steps. The simpler system ZnPc-C(60)1 has also been prepared as a reference model for photophysical studies. In this regards, the photophysical investigations by means of fluorescence, flash photolysis, and transient-absorption spectroscopy have manifested a clear dependence between charge transfer kinetics and spatial arrangement. In both systems, intramolecular charge separation evolves from the photoexcited ZnPc and yields the ZnPc(·+)/C(60)(·-) radical ion pairs. Interestingly, the ZnPc(·+)/C(60)(·-) radical ion pair lifetimes and quantum yields are strongly impacted by the solvent polarity and the distance. To this end, maximum radical ion pair lifetimes of 2900 and 5530 ps were found in anisol for 1 and 2, respectively.

  8. Dipole polarizability, structure, and stability of [2+2]-linked fullerene nanostructures (C60)n (n≤7)

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    Pankratyev, Evgeniy Yu.; Tukhbatullina, Alina A.; Sabirov, Denis Sh.

    2017-02-01

    In the present work, structural features, dipole polarizability, and stability of two most promising oligomeric series (C60)n with zigzag and linear arrangement of the fullerene cages have been studied by the PBE/3ζ density functional theory method. Their mean polarizabilities and polarizability exaltations are linearly correlated with the molecular size (maximal intercage distance). Linear (C60)n have higher polarizability than zigzag oligomers with the same n. Based on the example of hexamers (C60)6, we have shown that connectivity (number of connections) has no effect on the resulting polarizability but maximal remoteness does, i.e. the geometric factor is more decisive for mean polarizability of such fullerene nanostructures. Stability of (C60)n decreases with growing molecular size for linear structures and slowly increases in the case of zigzag (C60)n. The found dependences of polarizability and stability on the molecular size may be used for assessing these parameters of larger fullerene nanostructures, hardly computable with quantum chemical methods.

  9. C60 SIMS with a Hybrid-Quadrupole Orthogonal time-of-flight Mass Spectrometer

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    Carado, Anthony; Passarelli, M. K.; Kozole, Joseph; Wingate, J. E.; Winograd, Nicholas; Loboda, A. V.

    2009-01-01

    A hybrid quadrupole orthogonal time-of-flight mass spectrometer optimized for MALDI and electrospray ionization has been equipped with a C60 cluster ion source. This configuration is shown to exhibit a number of characteristics that improve the performance of traditional time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) experiments for the analysis of complex organic materials, and potentially, for chemical imaging. Specifically, the primary ion beam is operated as a continuous rather than a pulsed beam, resulting in up to 4 orders of magnitude greater ion fluence on the target. The secondary ions are extracted at very low voltage into 8 millitorr of N2 gas introduced for collisional focusing and cooling purposes. This extraction configuration is shown to yield secondary ions that rapidly lose memory of the mechanism of their birth, yielding tandem mass spectra that are identical for SIMS and MALDI. With implementation of ion trapping, the extraction efficiency is shown to be equivalent to that found in traditional TOF-SIMS machines. Examples are given, for a variety of substrates that illustrate mass resolution of 12,000–15,600 with mass range for inorganic compounds to m/z 40,000. Preliminary chemical mapping experiments show that with added sensitivity, imaging in the MS/MS mode of operation is straightforward. In general, the combination of MALDI and SIMS is shown to add capabilities to each technique, providing a robust platform for TOF-SIMS experiments that already exists in a large number of laboratories. PMID:18844371

  10. Fiber-mesh photonic molecule

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    Mishra, Subodha; Satpathy, Sashi

    2008-03-01

    Analogous to the photonic crystal, we introduce the concept of a fiber-mesh photonic molecule made up of optical fibers and study its transmission characteristics. We consider a specific example of a photonic molecule, inspired by the well-known C60 molecule, with the arms of the molecule formed out of single-moded optical fibers. The transmittance consists of sharp peaks determined by the pole structure of the scattering matrix in the complex energy plane. A molecule can be designed to control the positions and the widths of the transmission peaks, opening up the possibility of building new photonic devices such as high quality band-pass filters.

  11. Optimized inverted polymer solar cells incorporating Cs2CO3-doped C60 as electron transport layer

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    Barbot, A.; Lucas, B.; Di Bin, C.; Ratier, B.; Aldissi, M.

    2013-05-01

    An efficient charge transfer between co-sublimed cesium carbonate (Cs2CO3) and fullerene C60 provides an n-type material exhibiting an electrical conductivity above 1 S/cm. This type of doped layers can be used in organic optoelectronic devices to reduce ohmic losses at organic-electrode interfaces. We report here an analysis of inverted polymer-based solar cells incorporating Cs2CO3 doped C60 as electron transport layer (ETL). The optimization of both dopant concentration and thickness resulted in a maximum efficiency of 3.79% compared to 3% for similar devices using undoped C60 as ETL and 2.13% for devices without any ETL.

  12. Comparative Analysis of the Antineoplastic Activity of C60 Fullerene with 5-Fluorouracil and Pyrrole Derivative In Vivo

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    Lynchak, O. V.; Prylutskyy, Yu I.; Rybalchenko, V. K.; Kyzyma, O. A.; Soloviov, D.; Kostjukov, V. V.; Evstigneev, M. P.; Ritter, U.; Scharff, P.

    2017-01-01

    The antitumor activity of pristine C60 fullerene aqueous solution (C60FAS) compared to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and pyrrole derivative 1-(4-Cl-benzyl)-3-Cl-4-(CF3-fenylamino)-1H-pyrrol-2.5-dione (MI-1) cytostatic drugs was investigated and analyzed in detail using the model of colorectal cancer induced by 1.2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH) in rats. The number, size, and location of the tumors were measured, and the pathology was examined. It was found that the number of tumors and total lesion area decreased significantly under the action of C60FAS and MI-1. Because these drugs have different mechanisms of action, their simultaneous administration can potentially increase the effectiveness and significantly reduce the side effects of antitumor therapy.

  13. The happy marriage between electron-phonon superconductivity and Mott physics in Cs3C60: A first-principle phase diagram

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    Capone, Massimo; Nomura, Yusuke; Sakai, Shiro; Giovannetti, Gianluca; Arita, Ryotaro

    The phase diagram of doped fullerides like Cs3C60 as a function of the spacing between fullerene molecules is characterized by a first-order transition between a Mott insulator and an s-wave superconductor with a dome-shaped behavior of the critical temperature. By means of an ab-initio modeling of the bandstructure, the electron-phonon interaction and the interaction parameter and a Dynamical Mean-Field Theory solution, we reproduce the phase diagram and demonstrate that phonon superconductivity benefits from strong correlations confirming earlier model predictions. The role of correlations is manifest also in infrared measurements carried out by L. Baldassarre. The superconducting phase shares many similarities with ''exotic'' superconductors with electronic pairing, suggesting that the anomalies in the ''normal'' state, rather than the pairing glue, can be the real common element unifying a wide family of strongly correlated superconductors including cuprates and iron superconductors

  14. Oxidatively Damaged DNA in Rats Exposed by Oral Gavage to C60 Fullerenes and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Folkmann, Janne K.; Risom, Lotte; Jacobsen, Nicklas R.; Wallin, Håkan; Loft, Steffen; Møller, Peter

    2009-01-01

    Background C60 fullerenes and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) are projected to be used in medicine and consumer products with potential human exposure. The hazardous effects of these particles are expected to involve oxidative stress with generation of oxidatively damaged DNA that might be the initiating event in the development of cancer. Objective In this study we investigated the effect of a single oral administration of C60 fullerenes and SWCNT. Methods We measured the level of oxidative damage to DNA as the premutagenic 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2′-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG) in the colon mucosa, liver, and lung of rats after intragastric administration of pristine C60 fullerenes or SWCNT (0.064 or 0.64 mg/kg body weight) suspended in saline solution or corn oil. We investigated the regulation of DNA repair systems toward 8-oxodG in liver and lung tissue. Results Both doses of SWCNT increased the levels of 8-oxodG in liver and lung. Administration of C60 fullerenes increased the hepatic level of 8-oxodG, whereas only the high dose generated 8-oxodG in the lung. We detected no effects on 8-oxodG in colon mucosa. Suspension of particles in saline solution or corn oil yielded a similar extent of genotoxicity, whereas corn oil per se generated more genotoxicity than the particles. Although there was increased mRNA expression of 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase in the liver of C60 fullerene-treated rats, we found no significant increase in repair activity. Conclusions Oral exposure to low doses of C60 fullerenes and SWCNT is associated with elevated levels of 8-oxodG in the liver and lung, which is likely to be caused by a direct genotoxic ability rather than an inhibition of the DNA repair system. PMID:19479010

  15. Enhanced transport of 2,2',5,5'-polychlorinated biphenyl by natural organic matter (NOM) and surfactant-modified fullerene nanoparticles (nC60).

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    Wang, Lilin; Huang, Yi; Kan, Amy T; Tomson, Mason B; Chen, Wei

    2012-05-15

    Stable colloidal suspensions of buckminsterfullerene (nC(60)) in aqueous environments can significantly affect the fate and transport of hydrophobic organic contaminants by serving as a contaminant carrier. In this study, we examined enhanced transport of 2,2',5,5'-polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) in saturated sandy soil columns by a variety of nC(60) samples, including an nC(60) sample prepared by the typical solvent exchange method, as well as eight natural organic matter (NOM) or surfactant-modified nC(60) samples, prepared by phase-transferring C(60) from toluene to an NOM or a surfactant solution. Whereas the NOM- and surfactant-modified nC(60) samples have mobility similar to the unmodified nC(60), their contaminant-mobilizing capabilities are significantly greater: breakthrough of PCB increases by 47.2 to 227% with the surfactant-modified nC(60) samples and by 233 to 370% with the NOM-modified nC(60) samples. The significantly enhanced contaminant-mobilizing capability of the modified nC(60) is likely due to a combined effect of increased adsorption affinities and increased tendency of desorption nonequilibrium, likely caused by the changes of nC(60) aggregation properties induced by the presence of NOM or surfactant. Findings in this study indicate that nC(60) formed in different processes might have vastly different effects on contaminant fate and transport.

  16. Cooperative coupling of the Li cation and groups to amplify the charge transfer between C60 and corannulene

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    Sun, Gang; Xu, Jing; Chen, Zhi-Yuan; Lei, E.; Liu, Xiang-Shuai; Liu, Chun-Guang

    2017-02-01

    In present work, four complexes have been designed to investigate the effect of Li+ cation and substituent on the geometric structures and a series of electronic properties using density functional theory. The calculated results indicate that the charge decomposition (CDA) analysis and extend charge decomposition analysis (ECDA) of four complexes have the same sequence. The average d values defined the distances between C60 and corannulene display the inverse sequence. Consequently, the cooperative coupling of the Li+ cation and appropriate substituent is predicted to be an effective way to enhance the charge transfer between the C60 and corannulene derivatives.

  17. Mechanical and nonlinear elastic characteristics of polycrystalline AMg6 aluminum alloy and n-AMg6/C60 nanocomposite

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    Korobov, A. I.; Kokshaiskii, A. I.; Prokhorov, V. M.; Evdokimov, I. A.; Perfilov, S. A.; Volkov, A. D.

    2016-12-01

    The influence of nanostructuring on the mechanical and nonlinear elastic characteristics of polycrystalline AMg6 aluminum alloy and n-AMg6/C60 nanocomposite has been experimentally studied. The independent second- and third-order elastic coefficients are measured via the ultrasonic method. The thir-dorder elastic coefficients have been evaluated via the Tearstone-Bragger approach from the experimentally established velocities of shear and longitudinal bulk acoustic waves as the functions of the uniaxial compression in the studied samples. The nonlinear elastic properties are examined via the spectral acoustic technique in AMg6 aluminum alloy and n-AMg6/C60 nanocomposite, and the nonlinear acoustic parameters are determined.

  18. Electron impact ionisation of encapsulated 99mTc@C 60 and 99mTc@C 70

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    Đustebek, J. B.; Đorđević, V. R.; Cvetićanin, J. M.; Veličković, S. R.; Veljković, M. V.; Nešković, O. M.; Rakočević, Z. L.; Bibić, N. M.

    2010-03-01

    The present study shows simultaneous surface ionisation and electron impact ionisation during the formation and investigation of endohedral fullerenes 99mTc@C 60 and 99mTc@C 70. The endohedral fullerenes were generated using a mass spectrometer with a triple rhenium filament as an ion source. The ionisation energies (IE) determined were: 8.52 ± 0.25 eV for 99mTc@C 60 and 9.57 ± 0.25 eV for 99mTc@ C 70.

  19. STM/STS investigations of fullerene C(60), endohedral metallofullerenes M C(82) and carbon nanotubes

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    Lin, Nian

    Since their discovery, fullerenes and their derivatives have received great attentions because they opened many new fields in science and technology. Among them, endohedral fullerenes, fullerenes encapsulating one or more atoms in their hollow carbon cases, have been predicted to have novel properties which are unexpected for empty fullerenes. However, the difficulty in producing pure samples of endohedral fullerenes in large quantities have hindered their experimental exploration. The motivation of this research is to understand their properties. In this research, endohedral monometallofullerenes M@Csb{82} (M = Nd, Dy) have been investigated by in-situ ultra high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy and tunneling spectroscopy. As a comparison, the well-understood fullerene Csb{60} has been studied first by the same technique. On the basal plane of cleaved highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) (0001) surface, arriving Csb{60} molecules assemble and grow into highly ordered, extended overlayers in hexagonal-close-packing. Starting from the second layer, the growth mode of Csb{60} transforms from 2-dimensional dendrite islanding to 3-dimensional island formation upon the variation of growth rate and substrate temperature. A band gap of 1.5 ± 0.2 eV is observed in the tunneling spectroscopy of the Csb{60} films. On the contrary, endohedral metallofullerenes do not form ordered structures on HOPG surface under the same conditions of growing Csb{60} films, instead, they gather into clumped clusters. These molecules may induce a symmetric distributed (sqrt{3}×sqrt{3})R30sp° superstructure of the HOPG substrate around them. The superstructure can be realized theoretically by a computer simulation. The HOMO-LUMO gap of a single molecule is measured to be 0.6 ± 0.2 eV by tunneling spectroscopy, consistent with the UV-VIS-Near IR absorption spectrum of M@Csb{82}. On the top of Csb{60} films, Nd@Csb{82} molecules form close-packed 2-D structures of dimers, trimers

  20. Description for rotating C60 fullerenes via an analogue of Gödel-type metric

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    Cavalcante, Everton; Carvalho, Josevi; Furtado, Claudio

    2016-08-01

    In this paper a geometric approach to describe a rotating fullerene molecule with Ih symmetry is developed. We study the quantum dynamics of quasiparticles in a continuum limit considering a description of fullerene in a spherical solution of the Gödel-type space-time with a topological defect. Therefore, we study the molecule in a rotating frame. Also we combine the well-known non-Abelian monopole approach with this geometric description, including the case of the presence of the external Aharonov-Bohm flux. The energy levels and the persistent current for this study are obtained, and we show that they depend on the geometrical and topological properties of the fullerene. Also, we verify recovering of the well-known results for limiting cases.

  1. Adsorption behavior of 5-fluorouracil on pristine, B-, Si-, and Al-doped C60 fullerenes: A first-principles study

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    Hazrati, Mehrnoosh Khodam; Hadipour, Nasser L.

    2016-02-01

    Since C60 fullerene has been enormously studied as a drug delivery vehicle, we investigated the interaction between C60 and 5-fluorouracil drug using density functional theory calculations. The electronic and structural properties were explored in terms of binding energies, frontier molecular orbitals, DOS and NBO. To manipulate 5-fluorouracil adsorption properties on the C60, we substituted a carbon atom with boron, silicon and aluminum. In contrast to the pristine C60, the binding energy of 5-fluorouracil to the doped fullerenes is much more negative and the HOMO-LUMO gaps are significantly enlarged. Our results suggest that doping may improve C60 drug delivery properties.

  2. Rotational dynamics of confined C60 from near-infrared Raman studies under high pressure

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    Zou, Y.; Liu, B.; Wang, L.; Liu, D.; Yu, S.; Wang, P.; Wang, T.; Yao, M.; Li, Q.; Zou, B.; Cui, T.; Zou, G.; Wagberg, T.; Sundqvist, B.; Mao, H.-K.

    2009-12-29

    Peapods present a model system for studying the properties of dimensionally constrained crystal structures, whose dynamical properties are very important. We have recently studied the rotational dynamics of C60 molecules confined inside single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) by analyzing the intermediate frequency mode lattice vibrations using near-infrared Raman spectroscopy. The rotation of C60 was tuned to a known state by applying high pressure, at which condition C60 first forms dimers at low pressure and then forms a single-chain, nonrotating, polymer structure at high pressure. In the latter state the molecules form chains with a 2-fold symmetry. We propose that the C60 molecules in SWNT exhibit an unusual type of ratcheted rotation due to the interaction between C60 and SWNT in the “hexagon orientation,” and the characteristic vibrations of ratcheted rotation becomes more obvious with decreasing temperature.

  3. Reversible C60 Ejection from a Metallocage through the Redox-Dependent Binding of a Competitive Guest.

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    Colomban, Cédric; Szalóki, György; Allain, Magali; Gómez, Laura; Goeb, Sébastien; Sallé, Marc; Costas, Miquel; Ribas, Xavi

    2017-03-02

    The reversible encapsulation of a tetrapyridyl extended-tetrathiafulvalene (exTTF)-based ligand (m-Py)exTTF by a tetragonal Zn-porphyrin-based prismatic nanocage (1) is described. The reversible uptake and release of the (m-Py)exTTF guest proceeds through drastic electronic and conformational changes occurring upon oxidation of the latter. This reversible system has been explored in a guest-exchange process, by addition of (m-Py)exTTF to the host-guest complex [C60 ⊂1], leading to fullerene C60 ejection from the host cavity. Remarkably, the subsequent redox-triggered ejection of (m-Py)exTTF, leads to the recovery of the empty cage 1, which remains available for further C60 encapsulation. The C60 ejection is justified by the preferable coordination of the pyridine anchors of (m-Py)exTTF to the two Zn-porphyrin units of 1. This approach, based on the use of a switchable competitive guest, offers a promising new strategy for guest-delivery control.

  4. Total synthesis of buckminsterfullerene (C60) and endohedral metal complexes. Final report, 1 March 1994-28 February 1997

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    Rubin, Y.F.

    1997-08-11

    A summary of our work aimed at the synthesis of a variety of endohedral metal complexes of fullerenes is presented. The completion of the synthesis of suitable highly unsaturated macrocyclic precursors containing 60 carbon atoms is described. These compounds were required to study their rearrangement to a fullerene framework in a process analogous to the gas-phase rearrangement of mono- and polycyclic polyynes (acetylenic rings) in the formation of C60 and higher fullerenes. Three types of synthetic acetylenic precursors were targeted, namely triply-linked bis-benzene-cyclophanes with octayne linking units, sextuply-linked bis-benzene-cyclophanes with tetrayne linkers, and deca-alkynylated metallocenes which include a metal in their structure early in the synthesis. The rearrangement to C60 of the first examples of these compounds has been studied in the gas phase by LDMS and in solution by various chemical reactions. Another aspect of our work was initiated by the successful opening of the largest orifice on the framework of C60 known to date in the form of a cobalt(III) complex of ethenobisfulleroid C64H4. This strategy is being applied in a double fashion on adjacent sites of the surface of C60 to form an even larger opening, aimed at eventual metal insertion inside the cage.

  5. NMR investigation of the pressure induced Mott transition to superconductivity in Cs3C60 isomeric compounds

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    Alloul, H.; Ihara, Y.; Mito, T.; Wzietek, P.; Aramini, M.; Pontiroli, D.; Ricco, M.

    2013-07-01

    The discovery in 1991 of high temperature superconductivity (SC) in A3C60 compounds, where A is an alkali ion, has been initially ascribed to a BCS mechanism, with a weak incidence of electron correlations. However various experimental evidences taken for compounds with distinct alkali content established the interplay of strong correlations and Jahn Teller distortions of the C60 ball. The importance of electronic correlations even in A3C60 has been highlighted by the recent discovery of two expanded fulleride Cs3C60 isomeric phases that are Mott insulators at ambient pressure. Both phases undergo a pressure induced first order Mott transition to SC with a (p, T) phase diagram displaying a dome shaped SC, a common situation encountered nowadays in correlated electron systems. NMR experiments allowed us to establish that the bipartite A15 phase displays Néel order at 47K, while magnetic freezing only occurs at lower temperature in the fcc phase. NMR data do permit us to conclude that well above the critical pressure, the singlet superconductivity found for light alkalis is recovered. However deviations from BCS expectations linked with electronic correlations are found near the Mott transition. So, although SC involves an electron-phonon mechanism, correlations have a significant incidence on the electronic properties, as had been anticipated from DMFT calculations.

  6. Fullerene "Superhalogen" Radicals: The Substituent Effect on Electronic Properties of 1,7,11,24,27-C60X5

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    Clikeman, Tyler T.; Deng, Shihu; Avdoshenko, Stanislav; Wang, Xue B.; Popov, Alexey A.; Strauss, Steven H.; Boltalina, Olga V.

    2013-11-04

    Hexasubstituted fullerenes with the skew pentagonal pyramid (SPP) addition pattern are predominantly formed in many types of reactions and represent important and versatile building blocks for supramolecular chemistry, biomedical and optoelectronic applications. Regioselective synthesis and characterization of the new SPP derivative, C60(CF3)4(CN)H, in this work led us to the experimental identification of the new family of "superhalogen fullerene radicals", species with the gas-phase electron affinity higher than that of the most electronegative halogens, F and Cl. Low-temperature photoelectron spectroscopy and DFT studies of different C60X5 radicals reveal a profound effect of X groups on their electron affinities (EA), which vary from 2.76 eV (X = CH3) to 4.47 eV (X= CN). The measured gas-phase EA of the newly synthesized C60(CF3)4CN equals 4.28 (1) eV, which is ca. 1 eV higher than the EA of Cl atom. An observed remarkable stability of C60(CF3)4CN– in solution under ambient conditions opens new venues for design of air-stable molecular complexes and salts for supramolecular structures of electroactive functional materials.

  7. Fullerene "superhalogen" radicals: the substituent effect on electronic properties of 1,7,11,24,27-C60X5.

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    Clikeman, Tyler T; Deng, S H M; Avdoshenko, Stanislav; Wang, Xue-Bin; Popov, Alexey A; Strauss, Steven H; Boltalina, Olga V

    2013-11-04

    Hexasubstituted fullerenes with the skew pentagonal pyramid (SPP) addition pattern are predominantly formed in many types of reactions and represent important and versatile building blocks for supramolecular chemistry, biomedical and optoelectronic applications. Regioselective synthesis and characterization of the new SPP derivative, C60(CF3)4(CN)H, in this work led to the experimental identification of the new family of "superhalogen fullerene radicals", species with the gas-phase electron affinity higher than that of the most electronegative halogens, F and Cl. Low-temperature photoelectron spectroscopy and DFT studies of different C60X5 radicals reveal a profound effect of X groups on their electron affinities (EA), which vary from 2.76 eV (X=CH3) to 4.47 eV (X=CN). The measured gas-phase EA of the newly synthesized C60(CF3)4CN equals 4.28(1) eV, which is about 1 eV higher than the EA of Cl atom. An observed remarkable stability of C60(CF3)4CN(-) in solution under ambient conditions opens new venues for design of air-stable molecular complexes and salts for supramolecular structures of electroactive functional materials.

  8. An elusive fulvene 1,7,11,24-C60(CF3)4 and its unusual reactivity.

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    Whitaker, James B; Kuvychko, Igor V; Shustova, Natalia B; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Strauss, Steven H; Boltalina, Olga V

    2014-02-07

    The X-ray crystal structure of a trifluoromethylfullerene (TMF), 1,7,11,24-C60(CF3)4, is reported for the first time. This elusive intermediate, while highly air stable as a solid, exhibits highly regioselective reactivity towards molecular oxygen in polar solvents, and only when exposed to light.

  9. Models and Simulations of C60-Fullerene Plasma Jets for Disruption Mitigation and Magneto-Inertial Fusion

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    Bogatu, Ioan-Niculae; Galkin, Sergei A.; Kim, Jin-Soo

    2009-11-01

    We present the models and simulation results of C60-fullerene plasma jets proposed to be used for the disruption mitigation on ITER and for magneto-inertial fusion (MIF). The model describing the fast production of a large mass of C60 molecular gas in the pulsed power source by explosive sublimation of C60 micro-grains is detailed. Several aspects of the magnetic ``piston'' model and the 2D interchange (magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor) instability in the rail gun arc dynamics are described. A plasma jet adiabatic expansion model is used to investigate the in-flight three-body recombination during jet transport to the plasma boundary. Our LSP PIC code 3D simulations show that heavy C60 plasmoid penetrates deeply through a transverse magnetic barrier demonstrating self-polarization and magnetic field expulsion effects. The LSP code 3D simulation of two plasma jets head-on injection along a magnetic field lines for MIF are also discussed.

  10. Depth profiling of organic films with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy using C60+ and Ar+ co-sputtering.

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    Yu, Bang-Ying; Chen, Ying-Yu; Wang, Wei-Ben; Hsu, Mao-Feng; Tsai, Shu-Ping; Lin, Wei-Chun; Lin, Yu-Chin; Jou, Jwo-Huei; Chu, Chih-Wei; Shyue, Jing-Jong

    2008-05-01

    By sputtering organic films with 10 kV, 10 nA C60+ and 0.2 kV, 300 nA Ar+ ion beams concurrently and analyzing the newly exposed surface with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, organic thin-film devices including an organic light-emitting diode and a polymer solar cell with an inverted structure are profiled. The chemical composition and the structure of each layer are preserved and clearly observable. Although C60+ sputtering is proven to be useful for analyzing organic thin-films, thick organic-devices cannot be profiled without the low-energy Ar+ beam co-sputtering due to the nonconstant sputtering rate of the C60+ beam. Various combinations of ion-beam doses are studied in this research. It is found that a high dosage of the Ar+ beam interferes with the C60+ ion beam, and the sputtering rate decreases with increasing the total ion current. The results suggest that the low-energy single-atom projectile can disrupt the atom deposition from the cluster ion beams and greatly extend the application of the cluster ion-sputtering. By achievement of a steady sputtering rate while minimizing the damage accumulation, this research paves the way to profiling soft matter and organic electronics.

  11. Are silicone-supported [C60]-fullerenes an alternative to Ru(II) polypyridyls for photodynamic solar water disinfection?

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    Manjón, Francisco; Santana-Magaña, Montserrat; García-Fresnadillo, David; Orellana, Guillermo

    2014-02-01

    Different photosensitizing materials manufactured by immobilizing (0.5-3.0 g m(-2)) tris(4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline)ruthenium(II) (RDP(2+)), [C60]-fullerene, or 1-(4-methyl)-piperazinylfullerene (MPF) on porous neutral (pSil) or surface-modified anionic (pSil(-)) poly(dimethylsiloxane) are compared on the grounds of their singlet molecular oxygen ((1)O2) production and photodynamic solar water disinfection capability. The C60-based sensitizers display a broad weak absorption in the visible and strong absorption in the UV, while absorption of light by RDP(2+) supported on pSil is strong in both the UV and blue regions. The (1)O2 emission lifetimes (τ(Δ)) determined for RDP(2+) and MPF on porous silicone materials under air are similar (40-50 μs) and correspond to the decay of (1)O2 generated by sensitizers dissolved in the polymer support. In contrast, τ(Δ) measured for C60 in pSil is similar to that observed for MPF or RDP(2+) when immobilized at low loading on pSil, but dramatically increases up to 5 ms if C60 aggregates are formed in the porous material as evidenced by microscopy evaluation. The photosensitizing properties of the dyes, together with their electrical charge and the overall charge of the porous silicone-based materials, lead to highly different sunlight-driven bacteria inactivation efficiencies, as tested with waterborne E. faecalis. RDP/pSil provides efficient disinfection by photosensitization unlike MPF/pSil, which leads to reduced bacteria inactivation rates due to poorer (1)O2 production. C60/pSil and MPF/pSil(-) materials, despite their (1)O2 photogeneration, show unsuccessful waterborne bacteria inactivation due to the negative surface charge of fullerene aggregates in contact with water, and to the net negative charge of the pSil(-), respectively.

  12. Gas Phase Absorption Spectroscopy of C+60 and C+70 in a Cryogenic Ion Trap: Comparison with Astronomical Measurements

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    Campbell, E. K.; Holz, M.; Maier, J. P.; Gerlich, D.; Walker, G. A. H.; Bohlender, D.

    2016-05-01

    Recent low-temperature laboratory measurements and astronomical observations have proved that the fullerene cation {{{C}}}60+ is responsible for four diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs). These absorptions correspond to the strongest bands of the lowest electronic transition. The gas phase spectrum below 10 {{K}} is reported here for the full wavelength range encompassed by the electronic transition. The absorption spectrum of {{{C}}}70+, with its origin band at 7959.2 {{\\mathringA }}, has been obtained under similar laboratory conditions. Observations made toward the reddened star {HD} 183143 were used in a specific search for the absorption of these fullerene cations in diffuse clouds. In the case of {{{C}}}60+, one further band in the astronomical spectrum at 9348.5 \\mathringA is identified, increasing the total number of assigned DIBs to five. Numerous other {{{C}}}60+ absorptions in the laboratory spectrum are found to lie below the astronomical detection limit. Special emphasis is placed on the laboratory determination of absolute absorption cross-sections. For {{{C}}}60+ this directly yields a column density, N({{{C}}}60+), of 2× {10}13 {{{cm}}}-2 in diffuse clouds, without the need to rely on theoretical oscillator strengths. The intensity of the {{{C}}}70+ electronic transition in the range 7000-8000 Å is spread over many features of similar strength. Absorption cross-section measurements indicate that even for a similar column density, the individual absorption bands of {{{C}}}70+ will be too weak to be detected in the astronomical spectra, which is confirmed giving an upper limit of 2 {{m\\mathringA }} to the equivalent width. Based on observations obtained at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) which is operated by the National Research Council of Canada, the Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France, and the University of Hawaii.

  13. Attributing Effects of Aqueous C60 Nano-Aggregates to Tetrahydrofuran Decomposition Products in Larval Zebrafish by Assessment of Gene Expression

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    Henry, Theodore B.; Menn, Fu-Min; Fleming, James T.; Wilgus, John; Compton, Robert N.; Sayler, Gary S.

    2007-01-01

    Background C60 is a highly insoluble nanoparticle that can form colloidal suspended aggregates in water, which may lead to environmental exposure in aquatic organisms. Previous research has indicated toxicity from C60 aggregate; however, effects could be because of tetrahydrofuran (THF) vehicle used to prepare aggregates. Objective Our goal was to investigate changes in survival and gene expression in larval zebrafish Danio rerio after exposure to aggregates of C60 prepared by two methods: a) stirring and sonication of C60 in water (C60–water); and b) suspension of C60 in THF followed by rotovaping, resuspension in water, and sparging with nitrogen gas (THF–C60). Results Survival of larval zebrafish was reduced in THF–C60 and THF–water but not in C60–water. The greatest differences in gene expression were observed in fish exposed to THF–C60 and most (182) of these genes were similarly expressed in fish exposed to THF–water. Significant up-regulation (3- to 7-fold) of genes involved in controlling oxidative damage was observed after exposure to THF–C60 and THF–water. Analyses of THF–C60 and THF–water by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry did not detect THF but found THF oxidation products γ-butyrolactone and tetrahydro-2-furanol. Toxicity of γ-butyrolactone (72-hr lethal concentration predicted to kill 50% was 47 ppm) indicated effects in THF treatments can result from γ-butyrolactone toxicity. Conclusion This research is the first to link toxic effects directly to a THF degradation product (γ-butyrolactone) rather than to C60 and may explain toxicity attributed to C60 in other investigations. The present work was first presented at the meeting “Overcoming Obstacles to Effective Research Design in Nanotoxicology” held 24–26 April 2006 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. PMID:17637923

  14. Radiographic apparatus for photographing entire jaws

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    Nakano, K.

    1985-01-22

    This disclosure relates to a dental radiographic apparatus for photographing the entire jaw designed to control the rotation of a rotary arm such that the film surface of a film holder mounted at one end of the rotary arm may rotate and move substantially at equal speed substantially equidistantly along the dental arch and that the X-ray beams irradiated upon the film surface from an X-ray generator mounted at the other end of the arm may fall on the dental arch at any point thereof at right angles with the arch. The apparatus makes it possible to obtain a very clear tomographic picture of a curved plane of the entire jaws, the picture being free of a double image of the teeth, partial change in enlargement ratio of the image obtained, and partial difference in the shade of the image obtained.

  15. Aqueous fullerene aggregates (nC60) generate minimal reactive oxygen species and are of low toxicity in fish: a revision of previous reports.

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    Henry, Theodore B; Petersen, Elijah J; Compton, Robert N

    2011-08-01

    This review aims to clarify inconsistencies in previous reports regarding the potential for aqueous aggregates of fullerenes (nC60) to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cause toxicity in fish. Methods for evaluation of ROS production and toxicity of aqueous nC60 have evolved over time and limitations in initial studies have led to unintentional erroneous reports of nC60 ROS generation and toxicity. Some of these reports continue to lead to misconceptions of the environmental effects of C60. Critical review of the evidence (2007-2011) indicates that aqueous nC60 have minimal potential to produce ROS and that oxidative stress in fish is not induced by environmentally relevant exposure to nC60. Future studies should acknowledge that current evidence indicates low toxicity of nC60 and refrain from citing articles that attribute toxicity in fish to nC60 based on methods shown to be compromised by experimental artifacts. Despite low toxicity of nC60 in fish, an emerging environmental issue is that nC60 can affect environmental fate, transport, and bioavailability of co-contaminants in aquatic environments in a similar manner to that observed for other anthropogenic particulates (e.g., microplastics).

  16. Pathway to the identification of C60+ in diffuse interstellar clouds.

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    Maier, John P; Campbell, Ewen K

    2016-09-13

    The origin of the attenuation of starlight in diffuse clouds in interstellar space at specific wavelengths ranging from the visible to the near-infrared has been unknown since the first astronomical observations around a century ago. The absorption features, termed the diffuse interstellar bands, have subsequently been the subject of much research. Earlier this year four of these interstellar bands were shown to be due to the absorption by cold, gas phase [Formula: see text] molecules. This discovery provides the first answer to the problem of the diffuse interstellar bands and leads naturally to fascinating questions regarding the role of fullerenes and derivatives in interstellar chemistry. Here, we review the identification process placing special emphasis on the laboratory studies which have enabled spectroscopic measurement of large cations cooled to temperatures prevailing in the interstellar medium.This article is part of the themed issue 'Fullerenes: past, present and future, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Buckminster Fullerene'.

  17. Effect of Diels-Alder Reaction in C60-Tetracene Photovoltaic Devices.

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    Proudian, Andrew P; Jaskot, Matthew B; Lyiza, Christelle; Diercks, David R; Gorman, Brian P; Zimmerman, Jeramy D

    2016-10-12

    Developing organic photovoltaic materials systems requires a detailed understanding of the heterojunction interface, as it is the foundation for photovoltaic device performance. The bilayer fullerene/acene system is one of the most studied models for testing our understanding of this interface. We demonstrate that the fullerene and acene molecules chemically react at the heterojunction interface, creating a partial monolayer of a Diels-Alder cycloadduct species. Furthermore, we show that the reaction occurs during standard deposition conditions and that thermal annealing increases the concentration of the cycloadduct. The cycloaddition reaction reduces the number of sites available at the interface for charge transfer exciton recombination and decreases the charge transfer state reorganization energy, increasing the open circuit voltage. The submonolayer quantity of the cycloadduct renders it difficult to identify with conventional characterization techniques; we use atom probe tomography to overcome this limitation while also measuring the spatial distribution of each chemical species.

  18. Ejection-ionization of molecules from free standing graphene

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    Verkhoturov, Stanislav V.; Czerwinski, Bartlomiej; Verkhoturov, Dmitriy S.; Geng, Sheng; Delcorte, Arnaud; Schweikert, Emile A.

    2017-02-01

    We present the first data on emission of -C60 stimulated by single impacts of 50 keV C60+2 on the self-assembled molecular layer of C60 deposited on free standing 2 layer graphene. The yield, Y, of -C60 emitted in the transmission direction is 1.7%. To characterize the ejection and ionization of molecules, we have measured the emission of -C60 from the surface of bulk C60 (Y = 3.7%) and from a single layer of C60 deposited on bulk pyrolytic graphite (Y = 3.3%). To gain insight into the mechanism(s) of ejection, molecular dynamic simulations were performed. The scenario of the energy deposition and ejection of molecules is different for the case of graphene due to the confined volume of projectile-analyte interaction. In the case of 50 keV C60+2 impacts on graphene plus C60, the C atoms of the projectile collide with those of the target. The knocked-on atoms take on a part of the kinetic energy of the projectile atoms. Another part of the kinetic energy is deposited into the rim around the impact site. The ejection of molecules from the rim is a result of collective movement of the molecules and graphene membrane, where the membrane movement provides the impulse for ejection. The efficient emission of the intact molecular ions implies an effective ionization probability of intact C60. The proposed mechanism of ionization involves the tunneling of electrons from the vibrationally exited area around the hole to the ejecta.

  19. Molecular dynamics study of polystyrene bond-breaking and crosslinking under C60 and Arn cluster bombardment

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    Czerwinski, Bartlomiej; Postawa, Zbigniew; Garrison, Barbara J.; Delcorte, Arnaud

    2013-05-01

    Molecular dynamics computer simulations are used to elucidate the bond-breaking and crosslinking processes induced by 2.5 keV C60 and Arn cluster bombardment in an amorphous sec-butyl-terminated polystyrene sample. The obtained results indicate that replacement of C60 by Ar18 or Ar60 projectiles leads to the decrease of the number of broken bonds and, hence, to the decrease of formation of new intra- and intermolecular (crosslinking) bonds. When the number of atoms in the Arn cluster is increased from 60 to 250 or more, the total number of broken bonds and the total number of newly created bonds reach a zero value. Additional comparison to the case of a fullerite crystal reveals that the change of material properties leads to almost 7.5-fold reduction of the efficiency of the crosslinking process.

  20. Dielectric properties of liquid-crystal azomethine polymer with a side alkyl-substituted chain, doped with fullerene C60

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    Kovalev, D. S.; Kostromin, S. V.; Musteaţa, V.; Cozan, V.; Bronnikov, S. V.

    2016-04-01

    We studied the actual and imaginary components of the dielectric constant of liquid-crystal azomethine polymer with a side chain, doped with 0.5 wt % of fullerene C60, over a wide range of temperatures and frequencies; measurements were made by means of dielectric spectroscopy. By analyzing the frequency dependence of the dielectric constant, we detected the relaxation processes (α, β1, and β2) in the nanocomposite, corresponding to certain modes of molecular motion and described them by the Arrhenius equations (β1- and β2-processes) and the Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman equation (α-process). An antiplasticization effect is discovered after doping the polymer with fullerene C60, which manifests itself in increasing the glass transition temperature of the nanocomposite compared to this parameter typical of pure polymer.

  1. The effect of fullerene C60 on the dielectric behaviour of epoxy resin at low nanofiller loading

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    Pikhurov, Dmitry V.; Zuev, Vjacheslav V.

    2014-05-01

    Fullerene C60/epoxy polymer nanocomposites with different C60 loading (0.0-0.08 wt.%) have been prepared. Mechanical testing shows that compared with neat epoxy, mechanical and toughening properties of the composites are greatly improved. Dielectric spectroscopy was used to investigate the influence of nanoparticles on the relaxation processes in the polymer matrix. Our study shows that presence of fullerene hampers molecular motions in the epoxy composites that leads to hardening of polymer chains and impedes secondary relaxation processes, which explains the increase of Young’s modulus of the nanocomposites. It was found that the activation energy of β relaxation process decreases for nanocomposites. This finding allows us to confirm the energy-dissipating mechanism that leads to enhanced toughness of nanocomposites.

  2. First-principles investigation of quantum transport through an endohedral N@C60 in the Coulomb blockade regime.

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    Yu, Zhizhou; Chen, Jian; Zhang, Lei; Wang, Jian

    2013-12-11

    We report an investigation of Coulomb blockade transport through an endohedral N@C60 weakly coupled with aluminum leads, employing the first-principles method combined with the Keldysh non-equilibrium Green's function derived from the equation of motion beyond the Hartree-Fock approximation. The differential conductance characteristics of the molecular device are calculated within the Coulomb blockade regime, which shows the Coulomb diamond as observed experimentally. When the gate voltage is less than that of the degeneracy point, there are two peaks in the differential conductance with an excited state induced by the change of the exchange interaction between the spin of C60 and the encapsulated nitrogen atom due to the transition from N@C(1-)(60) to N@C(2-)(60), while for a gate voltage larger than that of the degeneracy point, no excited state is available due to the quenching of exchange energy. As a result, there is only one Coulomb blockade peak in the differential conductance from the electron tunneling through the highest energy level below the Fermi level. Our first-principles results are in good agreement with experimental data obtained by an endohedral N@C60 molecular device.

  3. Fullerenes(nC60) affect the growth and development of the sediment-dwelling invertebrate Chironomus riparius larvae.

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    Waissi-Leinonen, Greta C; Nybom, Inna; Pakarinen, Kukka; Akkanen, Jarkko; Leppänen, Matti T; Kukkonen, Jussi V K

    2015-11-01

    The possible toxicity of nanoparticles (NPs) to aquatic organisms needs to be investigated for chronic effects at low concentrations. Chronic effects of carbon NPs, fullerenesC60, on the midges of Chironomus riparius at different life stages on larvae and adult midges were investigated. Sediment associated fullerenesC60 were studied by 10-day growth and 42-day emergence tests with artificial sediment at nominal concentration ranges 0.0004-80 mg/kg dry weight. The body length decreased in the lower tested concentrations (0.0025-20 mg/kg), but the effect vanished with higher concentrations. Delayed emergence rate observed at 0.5 mg/kg. The observed effects correlated with analyzed sediment particle sizes indicating that small agglomerates of fullerene have more significant effects on C. riparius than larger agglomerates observed with higher C60 doses. The results reveal that fullerene may pose risks to benthic organisms, emerging as changes in the ecotoxic parameters studied here which inflects by the survival of the population.

  4. Modeling the transport and retention of nC60 nanoparticles in the subsurface under different release scenarios.

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    Bai, Chunmei; Li, Yusong

    2012-08-01

    The escalating production and consumption of engineered nanomaterials may lead to their increased release into groundwater. A number of studies have revealed the potential human health effects and aquatic toxicity of nanomaterials. Understanding the fate and transport of engineered nanomaterials is very important for evaluating their potential risks to human and ecological health. While there has been a great deal of research effort focused on the potential risks of nanomaterials, a limited amount of work has evaluated the transport of engineered nanomaterials under different release scenarios in a typical layered geological field setting. In this work, we simulated the transport of fullerene aggregates (nC(60)), a widely used engineered nanomaterial, in a multi-dimensional environment. A Modular Three-Dimensional Multispecies Transport Model (MT3DMS) was modified to evaluate the transport and retention of nC(60) nanoparticles. Hypothetical scenarios for the introduction of nanomaterials into the subsurface environment were investigated, including the release from an injection well and the release from a waste site. Under the conditions evaluated, the mobility of nC(60) nanoparticles was found to be very sensitive to the release scenario, release concentration, aggregate size, collision efficiency factor, and dispersivity of the nanomaterial.

  5. Modeling the transport and retention of nC60 nanoparticles in the subsurface under different release scenarios

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    Bai, Chunmei; Li, Yusong

    2012-08-01

    The escalating production and consumption of engineered nanomaterials may lead to their increased release into groundwater. A number of studies have revealed the potential human health effects and aquatic toxicity of nanomaterials. Understanding the fate and transport of engineered nanomaterials is very important for evaluating their potential risks to human and ecological health. While there has been a great deal of research effort focused on the potential risks of nanomaterials, a limited amount of work has evaluated the transport of engineered nanomaterials under different release scenarios in a typical layered geological field setting. In this work, we simulated the transport of fullerene aggregates (nC60), a widely used engineered nanomaterial, in a multi-dimensional environment. A Modular Three-Dimensional Multispecies Transport Model (MT3DMS) was modified to evaluate the transport and retention of nC60 nanoparticles. Hypothetical scenarios for the introduction of nanomaterials into the subsurface environment were investigated, including the release from an injection well and the release from a waste site. Under the conditions evaluated, the mobility of nC60 nanoparticles was found to be very sensitive to the release scenario, release concentration, aggregate size, collision efficiency factor, and dispersivity of the nanomaterial.

  6. Solution-Phase Perfluoroalkylation of C60 Leads to Efficient and Selective Synthesis of Bis-Perfluoroalkylated Fullerenes

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    Kuvychko, Igor V.; Strauss, Steven H.; Boltalina, Olga V.

    2012-01-01

    A solution-phase perfluoroalkylation of C60 with a series of RFI reagents was studied. The effects of molar ratio of the reagents, reaction time, and presence of copper metal promoter on fullerene conversion and product composition were evaluated. Ten aliphatic and aromatic RFI reagents were investigated (CF3I, C2F5I, n-C3F7I, i-C3F7I, n-C4F9I, (CF3)(C2F5)CFI, n-C8F17I, C6F5CF2I, C6F5I, and 1,3-(CF3)2C6F3I) and eight of them (except for C6F5I and 1,3-(CF3)2C6F3I) were found to add the respective RF groups to C60 in solution. Efficient and selective synthesis of C60(RF)2 derivatives was developed. PMID:25843973

  7. Properties of K,Rb-intercalated C60 encapsulated inside carbon nanotubes called peapods derived from nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Mahfouz, R.; Bouhrara, M.; Kim, Y.; Wâgberg, T.; Goze-Bac, C.; Abou-Hamad, E.

    2015-09-01

    We present a detailed experimental study on how magnetic and electronic properties of Rb,K-intercalated C60 encapsulated inside carbon nanotubes called peapods can be derived from 13C nuclear magnetic resonance investigations. Ring currents do play a basic role in those systems; in particular, the inner cavities of nanotubes offer an ideal environment to investigate the magnetism at the nanoscale. We report the largest diamagnetic shifts down to -68.3 ppm ever observed in carbon allotropes, which is connected to the enhancement of the aromaticity of the nanotube envelope upon intercalation. The metallization of intercalated peapods is evidenced from the chemical shift anisotropy and spin-lattice relaxation (T1) measurements. The observed relaxation curves signal a three-component model with two slow and one fast relaxing components. We assigned the fast component to the unpaired electrons charged C60 that show a phase transition near 100 K. The two slow components can be rationalized by the two types of charged C60 at two different positions with a linear regime following Korringa behavior, which is typical for metallic system and allow us to estimate the density of sate at Fermi level n(EF).

  8. Influence of donor-acceptor layer sequence on photoresponsive organic field-effect transistors based on palladium phthalocyanine and C60

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    Chen, Deqiang; Yao, Bo; Fan, Guoying; Lv, Wenli; Gao, Pengjie; Zhou, Maoqing; Peng, Yingquan

    2013-04-01

    Photoresponsive organic field-effect transistors (PhotOFETs) based on palladium phthalocyanine (PdPc) and C60 were fabricated with different donor-acceptor layer sequences. Both planar heterojunction devices fabricated exhibit better performance under illumination than the single PdPc device. PhotOFETs with the structure SiO2/C60/PdPc/Au exhibit a higher photosensitivity and photoresponsivity than that with the structure SiO2/PdPc/C60/Au. The origin for this is largely the high mobility of C60 and the well-matched LUMO levels of PdPc and C60. The maximum photosensitivity of the SiO2/C60/PdPc/Au device is 8 × 103, and the photoresponsivity is approximately 28 times that of the single component PdPc device.

  9. Fullerene (C60) nanoparticles exert photocytotoxicity through modulation of reactive oxygen species and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase activation in the MCF-7 cancer cell line

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    Li, Zhi; Zhang, Fei-long; Wang, Zhiyuan; Pan, Li-li; Shen, Ying-ying; Zhang, Zhen-zhong

    2013-12-01

    The photocytotoxicity of water-dispersed 100-300 nm fullerene amino acid derivatives nanoparticles was studied. The nanoparticle solution of fullerene derivatives, l-phenylalanine (C60-phe) and glycine (C60-gly), suppressed the in vitro growth of MCF-7 cells lines, induced cancer cells apoptosis, and caused a perturbation of the cell cycle. These nanoparticle solutions increased intracellular reactive oxygen species after irradiation. C60-phe or C60-gly upregulated the expression of phosphorylated (p)p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). N-Acetyl- l-cysteine significantly depressed the composite-induced activation of p38MAPK, and the kinase inhibitor SB203580 significantly prevented C60 derivative-induced cell apoptosis. This study revealed that p38MAPK is activated by C60 nanoparticles through triggering reactive oxygen species generation, leading to cancer cell injuries.

  10. Relative ion yields in mammalian cell components using C60 SIMS.

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    Keskin, Selda; Piwowar, Alan; Hue, Jonathan; Shen, Kan; Winograd, Nicholas

    2014-01-01

    Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry has been used to better understand the influence of molecular environment on the relative ion yields of membrane lipid molecules found in high abundance in a model mammalian cell line, RAW264.7. Control lipid mixtures were prepared to simulate lipid-lipid interactions in the inner and outer leaflet of cell membranes. Compared with its pure film, the molecular ion yields of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine are suppressed when mixed with 2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine. In the mixture, proton competition between 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and 2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine led to lower ionization efficiency. The possible mechanism for ion suppression was also investigated with (1)H and (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The formation of a hydroxyl bond in lipid mixtures confirms the mechanism involving proton exchange with the surrounding environment. Similar effects were observed for lipid mixtures mimicking the composition of the inner leaflet of cell membranes. The secondary molecular ion yield of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-L-serine was observed to be enhanced in the presence of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine.

  11. Effects of aqueous stable fullerene nanocrystal (nC60) on copper (trace necessary nutrient metal): Enhanced toxicity and accumulation of copper in Daphnia magna.

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    Tao, Xianji; He, Yiliang; Fortner, John D; Chen, Yongsheng; Hughes, Joseph B

    2013-08-01

    Our focus herein is to evaluate the potential interaction between nC60 and copper, a trace necessary metal, in light of the impact on toxicity. The non-observable effects concentration (NOEC) of nC60 was confirmed as 100μgL(-1) before. When Daphnia magna was exposed to the mixture of copper solution and nC60 suspension (100μgL(-1)), LC50 of 48h was lower than that when they were exposed to copper solution alone. This result clearly showed the decrease in NOEC of copper at the presence of nC60. Cu(2+)-ATPase activity was enhanced at the presence of nC60, indicating that copper transport involved with the uptake, distribution and depuration in body was increased. We further conducted experiments on accumulation of copper in D. magna. The observed equilibrium copper concentration in D. magna in the mixture of 100μgL(-1) nC60 and 1μgL(-1) copper solution reached 131μg (kg wet weight)(-1), which was more than twice that in copper solution only: 60μg (kg wet weight)(-1). This result demonstrated that the accumulation of copper in D. magna was significantly enhanced at the presence of even low nC60 concentration. Experiments also showed that copper was quickly adsorbed onto nC60. The absorption of copper onto D. magna was statistically correlated to the absorption of nC60 onto D. magna; this might be caused by nC60 facilitating the transfer of copper into D. magna. The absorption and desorption of copper to nC60 (pH=5.0) reached equilibrium quickly, which may be involved with the co-bioaccumulation and decrease in NOEC of Cu(2+) and nC60.

  12. New insight into the structure of the C60Sc20 cluster: bonding, vibrational and optical properties.

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    Tlahuice-Flores, A

    2016-05-14

    Recently, a new stable C60Sc20 cluster has been proposed. Its structure has Th symmetry and a large HOMO-LUMO gap value. In this communication a systematic study of its bonding, IR, Raman and absorption spectra has been carried out. Its calculated absorption spectrum features four peaks located at 1.34, 1.6, 1.87 and 2.1 eV. Moreover its Raman and IR spectra are dominated by the signals of normal modes with Tu, Eg and Au irreducible representations.

  13. Coherent Electronic Wave Packet Motion in C60 Controlled by the Waveform and Polarization of Few-Cycle Laser Fields

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    Li, H.; Mignolet, B.; Wachter, G.; Skruszewicz, S.; Zherebtsov, S.; Süßmann, F.; Kessel, A.; Trushin, S. A.; Kling, Nora G.; Kübel, M.; Ahn, B.; Kim, D.; Ben-Itzhak, I.; Cocke, C. L.; Fennel, T.; Tiggesbäumker, J.; Meiwes-Broer, K.-H.; Lemell, C.; Burgdörfer, J.; Levine, R. D.; Remacle, F.; Kling, M. F.

    2015-03-01

    Strong laser fields can be used to trigger an ultrafast molecular response that involves electronic excitation and ionization dynamics. Here, we report on the experimental control of the spatial localization of the electronic excitation in the C60 fullerene exerted by an intense few-cycle (4 fs) pulse at 720 nm. The control is achieved by tailoring the carrier-envelope phase and the polarization of the laser pulse. We find that the maxima and minima of the photoemission-asymmetry parameter along the laser-polarization axis are synchronized with the localization of the coherent electronic wave packet at around the time of ionization.

  14. Structure and physical properties of nanoclustered graphene synthesized from C60 fullerene under high pressure and high temperature

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    Chernogorova, Olga; Potapova, Iraida; Drozdova, Ekaterina; Sirotinkin, Vladimir; Soldatov, Alexander V.; Vasiliev, Alexander; Ekimov, Evgeny

    2014-01-01

    C60 treatment at 5-8 GPa, ˜1000 °C results in the fullerene cage collapse and transformation to a phase with outstanding mechanical properties. A detailed structural analysis of the phase reveals that it comprised 7-12 layer graphene clusters with lateral dimension of 2-4 nm. Raman spectra of the nanoclustered graphene phase are similar to those of disordered sp2 carbon structure with an admixture of sp3-bonded carbon. The phase is characterized by a high (up to 19 GPa) hardness, relatively low (about 70 GPa) Young modulus and up to 95% elastic recovery, determining excellent wear resistance and good antifriction properties.

  15. Effects of aqueous stable fullerene nanocrystals (nC60) on the food conversion from Daphnia magna to Danio rerio in a simplified freshwater food chain.

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    Tao, Xianji; Li, Cuilan; Zhang, Bo; He, Yiliang

    2016-02-01

    Understanding the nanomaterial potential to the food conversion of two food chain levels is important in the ecosystem assessment as manufactured nanomaterials are being released into the environment. In this investigation, the food conversion from Daphnia magna (D. magna) (prey) to Danio rerio (D. rerio) (predator) was used as the study object of aqueous stable fullerene nanocrystals (nC60). Accumulated nC60 of D. magna was determined as the nominal initial exposure concentration for D. rerio. The results of 21-d dietary exposure experiment demonstrate that nC60 in D. magna decreased the body weight growths and condition factors of D. rerio, and reduced the food conversion ratio by 20% (from D. magna to D. rerio). Further, the experiments present that nC60 decrease three digestive enzymes activities of trypsinase, lipase, and amylase by 30, 29, and 55% in vivo, and by 60, 90, and 42% in vitro, respectively. Both in vivo and in vitro experiments indicated that nC60 was involved with the decrements of digestive enzymes activities. These decrements in digestive enzymes activities may be due to the deactivation caused by the adsorption of nC60 particles onto the surface or active center of digestive enzymes. Sum up, these results not only describe the nC60 deleterious effects on the food conversion from D. magna to D. rerio, but also provide some information regarding a probable food conversion inhibition mechanism of nC60.

  16. [Effect of different water-soluble forms of the fullerene C60 on the metabolic activity and ultra-structure of cells in culture].

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    Eropkina, E M; Il'inskaia, E V; Litasova, E V; Eropkin, M Iu; Piotrovskiĭ, L B; Dumpis, M A; Kiselev, O I

    2012-01-01

    In view of contradictory data on the toxicity of fullerenes for live organisms we studied the effect of water-soluble complexes of C60 with N-polyvivyl-pirrolidone (C60/PVP) and gamma-cyclodextrine (C60/gamma-CD) on MA-104 cells in culture. Both complexes proved to be non-toxic for cultured cells in the dark in wide range of concentrations. Both complexes provoke changes of cellular ultra-structure which reflect the enhancement of metabolic activity. At the same time only the exposition with the complex C60/PVP leads to the essential growth of number and size of mitochondria. However, the effect of two studied water-soluble forms of C60 under intensive UV-irradiation of cells proved to be opposite: C60/PVP had a cyto-protective action while C60/gamma-CD caused a significant growth of photo-toxicity. Possible reasons of the differences in the action of different forms of C60 on living organisms are discussed.

  17. Progress in Development of C60 Nanoparticle Plasma Jet for Diagnostic of Runaway Electron Beam-Plasma Interaction and Disruption Mitigation Study for ITER

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    Bogatu, I. N.; Thompson, J. R.; Galkin, S. A.; Kim, J. S.

    2013-10-01

    We produced a C60 nanoparticle plasma jet (NPPJ) with uniquely fast response-to-delivery time (~ 1 - 2 ms) and unprecedentedly high momentum (~ 0 . 6 g .km/s). The C60 NPPJ was obtained by using a solid state TiH2/C60 pulsed power cartridge producing ~180 mg of C60 molecular gas by sublimation and by electromagnetic acceleration of the C60 plasma in a coaxial gun (~35 cm length, 96 kJ energy) with the output of a high-density (>1023 m-3) hyper-velocity (>4 km/s) plasma jet. The ~ 75 mg C60/C plasma jet has the potential to rapidly and deeply deliver enough mass to significantly increase electron density (to ne ~ 2 . 4 ×1021 m-3, i.e. ~ 60 times larger than typical DIII-D pre-disruption value, ne 0 ~ 4 ×1019 m-3), and to modify the 'critical electric field' and the runaway electrons (REs) collisional drag during different phases of REs dynamics. The C60 NPPJ, as a novel injection technique, allows RE beam-plasma interaction diagnostic by quantitative spectroscopy of C ions visible/UV line intensity. The system is scalable to ~ 1 - 2 g C60/C plasma jet output and technology is adaptable to ITER acceptable materials (BN and Be) for disruption mitigation. Work supported by US DOE DE-FG02-08ER85196 grant.

  18. Thermochemistry of C60 fullerene solutions in benzene, toluene, o-xylene, and o-dichlorobenzene at 298.15 K

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    Akhapkina, T. E.; Krusheva, M. A.; Solov'ev, S. N.; Firer, A. A.

    2017-02-01

    The enthalpies of dissolution of C60 in benzene, toluene, o-xylene and o-dichlorobenzene are measured in a sealed high-sensitivity calorimeter at 298.15 K and at different concentrations of the solute. The standard enthalpies of dissolution of C60 in these solvents are determined.

  19. Teeing Off With an Entirely New Material

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    2001-01-01

    Liquidmetal(R) alloy is part of an entirely new class of vitrified metals, and is also known as metallic glass, or Vitreloy(R). A vitrified metal is a frozen liquid that fails to crystallize during solidification, unlike common metals such as titanium, steel, and aluminum. The technology takes the non-crystalline structure of glass and combines it with the properties of metal, a combination not found in nature, allowing for a product that offers the strength of a metal with the elasticity of a polymer. This unique technology is more than twice as strong as titanium and has a higher elastic limit. Liquidmetal(R) Golf presents this space-age development in a complete line golf clubs. Clubs made with this technology have a lower vibration response along with a softer, more solid feel. Because less energy is absorbed by the club's head upon impact, more energy is transferred directly to the ball. Vitreloy has potential commercial uses in sporting equipment: tennis rackets, bicycle frames, and baseball bats. The material may find applications in the medical industry for the manufacturing of surgical instruments and prosthetics. The Liquidmetal alloy is projected to replace many high performance materials, such as titanium, in the industries of aerospace, defense, military, automotives, medical instrumentation, and sporting goods

  20. Synthesis of a new class of fullerene derivative Li+@C60O-(OH)7 as a ``cation-encapsulated anion nanoparticle''

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    Ueno, Hiroshi; Kokubo, Ken; Kwon, Eunsang; Nakamura, Yuji; Ikuma, Naohiko; Oshima, Takumi

    2013-02-01

    Metal encapsulation into a cage and chemical modification on the outer surface of fullerenes endow them with some unique characteristic properties. Although the derivatization of endohedral fullerenes holds promise for producing novel new nano-carbon materials, there are few reports about such compounds. Herein, we report the synthesis of lithium encapsulated fullerenol Li+@C60O-(OH)7 using a fuming sulfuric acid method from [Li+@C60](PF6-) and characterization of its structure by IR, NMR, FAB mass spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. The hydroxylation of [Li+@C60](PF6-) is site-selective to preferentially give a single isomer (ca. 70%) with two minor isomers in marked contrast to the reaction of empty C60. We conclude from the analysis of radical species produced in the reaction of a C60 cage with fuming sulfuric acid that this unusual site-selective hydroxylation is caused by the lower HOMO level of Li+@C60 than that of empty C60. Furthermore, our results clearly indicate that the internal lithium cation is interacted with the introduced hydroxyl groups, and thus the properties of endohedral fullerenes can be controlled by the external modification of a fullerene cage.Metal encapsulation into a cage and chemical modification on the outer surface of fullerenes endow them with some unique characteristic properties. Although the derivatization of endohedral fullerenes holds promise for producing novel new nano-carbon materials, there are few reports about such compounds. Herein, we report the synthesis of lithium encapsulated fullerenol Li+@C60O-(OH)7 using a fuming sulfuric acid method from [Li+@C60](PF6-) and characterization of its structure by IR, NMR, FAB mass spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. The hydroxylation of [Li+@C60](PF6-) is site-selective to preferentially give a single isomer (ca. 70%) with two minor isomers in marked contrast to the reaction of empty C60. We conclude from the analysis of radical species produced in the reaction of a C60 cage

  1. Fullerene-C60 derivatives prevent UV-irradiation/ TiO2-induced cytotoxicity on keratinocytes and 3D-skin tissues through antioxidant actions.

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    Kato, Shinya; Aoshima, Hisae; Saitoh, Yasukazu; Miwa, Nobuhiko

    2014-05-01

    Microcorpuscular titanium dioxide (TiO2), a useful sunscreen agent, photocatalyzes generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). We assessed protective effects of fullerene-C60 derivatives or microcolloidal platinum (Pt) against ultraviolet ray (UV)-irradiation in the presence of TiO2 in vitro. UV-irradiation (8 J/cm2, mixed UVA and UVB) in the presence of 15 ppm TiO2 on HaCaT keratinocytes decreased cell viability as quantified by WST-1 assay, and increased both intracellular ROS and cell-membrane-lipid peroxidation, as quantified by nitroblue-tetrazolium (NBT) assay and diphenyl-1-pyrenylphosphine (DPPP) assay, respectively, whereas all of three phototoxicity-related symptoms were appreciably repressed almost to UV-unirradiational levels by pretreatment with polyvinylpyrrolidone-entrapped fullerene-C60 (C60/PVP) or fullerene-C60 dissolved in squalane (C60/Sqn) in a dose-dependent manner of C60, but scarcely by PVP alone or Sqn alone. In contrast, Pt repressed intracellular ROS generation, but did not prevent either peroxidation of cell-membrane-lipid or cell mortality. Then in the epidermis of 3-dimensional human skin tissue model, UV-irradiation in the presence of TiO2 extensively induced two symptoms such as ROS-generation around perinuclear regions and membrane-lipid peroxidation, both of which were repressed by C60/PVP or C60/Sqn, whereas Pt did not prevent membrane-lipid peroxidation adequately. Thus the advantageous application of the lipophilic antioxidant fullerene-C60 which effectively protects cell membrane against peroxidation. In conclusion, fullerene-C60 can be expected to serve as an antioxidant for scavenging of TiO2-photocatalyzed ROS in the skin surface, and therefore provide a functional improvement of TiO2-containing sunscreens.

  2. Flexible Ag-C60 nano-biosensors based on surface plasmon coupled emission for clinical and forensic applications.

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    Mulpur, Pradyumna; Yadavilli, Sairam; Mulpur, Praharsha; Kondiparthi, Neeharika; Sengupta, Bishwambhar; Rao, Apparao M; Podila, Ramakrishna; Kamisetti, Venkataramaniah

    2015-10-14

    The relatively low sensitivity of fluorescence detection schemes, which are mainly limited by the isotropic nature of fluorophore emission, can be overcome by utilizing surface plasmon coupled emission (SPCE). In this study, we demonstrate directional emission from fluorophores on flexible Ag-C60 SPCE sensor platforms for point-of-care sensing, in healthcare and forensic sensing scenarios, with at least 10 times higher sensitivity than traditional fluorescence sensing schemes. Adopting the highly sensitive Ag-C60 SPCE platform based on glass and novel low-cost flexible substrates, we report the unambiguous detection of acid-fast Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) bacteria at densities as low as 20 Mtb mm(-2); from non-acid-fast bacteria (e.g., E. coli and S. aureus), and the specific on-site detection of acid-fast sperm cells in human semen samples. In combination with the directional emission and high-sensitivity of SPCE platforms, we also demonstrate the utility of smartphones that can replace expensive and cumbersome detectors to enable rapid hand-held detection of analytes in resource-limited settings; a much needed critical advance to biosensors, for developing countries.

  3. Absolute Total Photoionization Cross Section of C60 in the Range of 25-120 eV: Revisited

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    Kafle, Bhim P.; Katayanagi, Hideki; Prodhan, Md. Serajul I.; Yagi, Hajime; Huang, Chaoqun; Mitsuke, Koichiro

    2008-01-01

    The absolute total photoionization cross section σabs,I of gaseous