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University of Sussex, UK

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Carbon must surely have been the first pure element (in the form of charcoal
p r o d u d by natural fires) that early man would have been aware of. It is therefore
astoniehieg that it should be possibly the last element to reveal that it has a new (in this
case third) form.
The story of how it was recorplised as a result stimulated by an interest in the
chemistry of the cosmos is now so well known as to need no firther elaboration here.
The latcan#ls of its discovtry by no means reflects incompetence or lack of observation
and a w a m m by earlier scientists, but rather the need for sophisticated instmmentation
that hu only recently become available (and not widely availabIe at that). In this book
you will read about some of the great technical ingenuity that is being used by some of
the thoussnds of scientists worldwide in the race (for it is no less than that) to uncover
the seotsts that this third form may reveal.
Thc discovery of the fullerenes with their geodesic structures (the name comes
from tb fbct that the American architect, R. BuckminsteAller was pre-cminent in
publidsing the geodesic architectural form) has been widely described as one of the
scieasifio discoveries of the XXth century. It has certainly captured the imagination of
sciontisrs in a manner possibly without precedent. At the time of writing, and only four
years since the first pure materials were isolated, over 3,500 papers on fullerenes have
been poblihed (three new papers appear every day) and hundreds of patents filed. A
whole new field of science, and especially of organic/organometallic chemistry (the
growtharea to come) has been born It is really too early to be confident of predicting
uses for this material, but superconductors, optical limiters, polymers, additives for
photowxlucting polymers, transfer reagents, electrical storage devices, and inhibitors of
enzymss in relation to the HIV virus feature amongst the possibilities so far considered
or investigeted.
This book is not intended to give an exhaustive coverage, nor could it given the
hectic pace of discovery. But the main principles of the chemical behaviour of the
fillemaea (at least of c60, or [bO]fbllerene as it will in hture be known) are now
sufl8cicatly established to make publication of this book timely The book begins with a
brief iutmduction, followed by a description of nomenclature, something that will
becorn of increasing importance as the chemistry develops This is followed by a survey
of the methods of making fidlerenes, description of how to isolate and purify them, and
their b d c properties. Chapters then describe each of the main types of reaction that the
fullemnee undergo. It is the intention that anyone wishing to enter this exciting field will
find all the key information within this book and will then be sufficiently equipped to
enter the fray.
In conclusion I would like to thank all of the contributors for producing their
manuhpta when there are so many other demands upon their time in this intensely
competitive field. I feel sure this book will be an important reference source for some
time to come.

R. Taylor
Sussex, January, 1995

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Foreword V

Chupter 2 Introduction and Nomenclature 1

1. Addition Patterns 3
I. 1 Groups with no Eclipsing Steric Hindrance 3
1.2 Groups with Small Eclipsing Interactions - Addition of
Hydrogen 5
1.3 Groups with Moderate Eclipsing Interactions 6
1.4 Groups with Large Steric Interactions 6
2. Numbering of Fullerenes 7

Chapter 2 Fullerane produetion (LL). Lumb) 20

1. Introduction 20
2. Soot production 20
3. Extraction 23
4. Separation 24
5. Endohedrai Fullerenes 25
6. Nanombes and Nanoparticles 26
7. Other Production and Separation Techniques 28
8. Health and Safety Issues 29
soot-making 29
Soot harvesting and handling 30
Solvents 30
Heavy metals 30
Fullerene-containing materials 30

Chaptur 3 Properties of Fulleren- (R. Taylor) 35

1. Appearance and Purity Determination 35
1.1 13C NMR Spectroscopy 37
1.2 IR spectroscopy 41
1.3 Raman Spectroscopy 42
1.4 U V M S Spectroscopy 43
1.5 Differential Scanning Calorimetry 44
1.6 X-ray Powder Diffraction 45
2. Solubility 45
3. Thermal and Oxidative Stability 47
4. Oxidising Properties and Toxicity 48
5. Miscellaneous Properties 49


Chupter 4 Hydrogenated Fullerenes (P. A. Cahill) 53

1. Introduction 53
2. CaHz and C7& 53
2.1 Theoretical Investigations 53
2.2 Experimental Investigations 58
3. CaH4
3.1 Theoretical Investigations 59
3.2 Experimental Investigations 61
4. CmHz,,, n > 2 62
5. C70Hznrn 2 2 63
6. C,Hzn, m > 70, n 2 1 63
7. summary 64

Chupter 5 Chemical Transformation of Ca into Water-Soluble

Polyhydroxylated Fullerene Derivatives (L.Y. Chiang) 67
1. Introduction 67
2. Reaction Strategy for Introducing Polar Functions onto
Fullerenes 69
3. Synthesis of Fullerenols by the Aqueous Acid Chemistry Route 73
4. Synthesis of Fullerenols by Nitronium Ion Chemistry 78
5. Synthesis of Fullerenols by Hydrolysis of Polycyclosulfated
Fullerene Precursors 85
5.1 Characterization of the Cyclosulfatic Structure in 9 86
5.2 Determination of Hydroxyl Content in Fullerenol 3
by XPS 90
5.3 Thermal Analysis of Polycyclosulfated Derivatives 9 92
5.4 Consideration of the Reaction Mechanism for
Cyclosulfonation 93
6. Synthesis of Fullerenols from Hydroborated Fullerene
Derivatives 96
7. Structural Differences in Fullerenols Prepared by
Different Methods 98

Chapter 6 Fluorination (J. H. Holloway and E. G. Hope) 109

1. Introduction 109
2. Theoretical Considerations 110
3. Preparations 111
3.1 Fluorination of Cm and C ~ Mixtures
O 111
3.2 Hyperfluorination of C a Fullerene 115
3.3 Fluorination of C ~ Fullerene
O 116
4. Chemistry of Fluorinated Cm and C7, 117

Chapter 7 Iodination, Bromination and Chlorination (R. Taylor) 123

1. lodination 124
2. Bromination 125
3. Chlorination 130

Criaptsr 8 Aryl Derivatives of Fullerenes (R. Taylor) 135

1. Arylation Using the Parent Fullerene 135
2. Arylation Using Preformed Halofullerenes 141
3. Arenylation 146

Chapter 9 Fulleroids, Methanofhllerenes and Oxa, Aza-, and

Sila-Homologues (M. Pruto and F. Wudl) 151
1. Fulleroids and Methanofullerenes 152
1.1 Diazomethane 153
1.2 Substituted Dimmethanes 154
1.3 Applications 156
1.4 Other Approaches to Methanofullerenes 160
1.5 Electronic Properties of Fulleroids and Methanofullerenes 163
1.6 Electrochemical Properties 164
1.7 Magnetic Properties of Fulleroids and Methanofullerenes 166
1.8 Multiple Additions and Relative Regiochemistry 167
2. Fullerene Oxides 168
3. Azaffulleroids and Fullerene Aziridines 169
4. Fullerene Siliranes 170
5. Conclusions 171

chaptar 10 Cycloadditions to Ca (M.S. Meier) 174

1,3-Dienes 174
Cyclopentadiene 174
Anthracene 176
Quinodimethanes and Quinomethides 177
Acyclic 1.3-Dienes 179
Oxygenated Dienes 180
1,3-Dipolar Addition 181
Diazoalkanes 181
Nitrile Oxides 182
Methylenecyclopropene 183
Carbene Adducts 184
Azomethien Ylides 185
Disilolanes 186
[2 + 21 Thermal Cycloadditions 187
[2 + 21 Photocycloadditions 188

Photopolymerization 188
Ynamines 189
Enones 190
Conclusions 191

Chapter 11 Formation of Anions and Electrophilic Addition (R.Taylor) 195

1. Electron Addition 195
2. Reaction with Electrophiles 198

Chapter 12 Nucleophilic Addition and Substitution (R.Taylor) 202

1. Addition of Neutral Nucleophiles 202
2. Addition of Charged Nucleophiles 205
3. NucleophiIic Substitution 208

Cfuzpter 13 Radical Additions to Fullerenes: Fullerenyl Radicals

(R.Taylor) 211

Chapter 14 Reactions of Fullerenes with Inorganic and Organometallfc

Compounds (A. L. Bulch) 220
1. Introduction 220
2. Additions to Cm 22 1
2.1 Osmylation 222
2.2 Addition of Pt(PR3)Z and Related Palladium
and Nickel Complexes 225
2.3 Addition of Vaska-Type Complexes, Ir(CO)CI(PR3)2 23 1
2.4 Addition of Ir&~-C1)2(q~-CnH& 238
2.5 Reaction with the Hydrogenation Catalyst
RhH(CO)(PPh& 238
2.6 Reaction with (r15-C9H7)Ir(CO)(t12-CnH,z) 239
2.7 Formation of a Pd(0) Polymer 24 I
2.8 Other Addition Reactions 24 1
3. Reactions that Result in Reduction of Cm 242
4. Cocrystallization of C, with Organometallic and
Inorganic Reagents 244
5. Additions to C70 247
5.1 Addition of Ir(CO)Cl(PR& 247
5.2 Osymlation 25 1
6. Addition to C76, Osymlation 252
7. Addition to c84 252
8. Isolation of Endohedral Compounds 256

Chapter IS Fullerene-containingPolymers 263

1. Pearl-Necklace Polymers 253
1.1 Directly-linked Fullerenes 263
1.2 Indirectly-linked Fullerenes 265
1.3 Copolymers 267
1.3.1 Attachement of a Fullerene to a Preformed
Polymer Chain 267
1.3.2 Incorporation of a Fullerene into a Forming
Polymer Chain 270
2. Dendrimers 270
3. Star Polymers 27 1
4. Electroactive Polymers 272
Chapter 1

Introduction and Nomenclature

The description 'third form of carbon' is a little misleading: third forms would be
more accurate since there are, in principle, an infinite number of Wlerenes possible. A
general understanding of the term fillerene is that it describes a closed cage molecule
comprised entirely of s&t-hybridised carbons arranged in hexagons and pentagons, and
of the latter there are always twelve as a consequence of Euler's theorem. The fillerene
comprised of twelve pentagonal rings is C20 (or [20]fillerene).
There can be any number of hexagons (except one)' and for each hexagon
present two extra carbon atoms are needed. Thus C6o ([60]fillerene), the most
acoessible (but not necessarily the most stable fillerene), contains twelve pentagons and
twenty hexagons. The definition can be widened to include molecules with heptagonal
rings, and in this case to close the cage requires an additional pentagon or each
heptagon present.2 Since heptagons in the structure produce a concave region in the
surfhe, to close the cage without undue strain requires a large cage. So if heptagon-
containing Werenes are found, they will probably be rather large, possibly containing
more than 100 carbon atoms. It is also possible to have a closed cage containing a
c o m b d o n of octagons, hexagons, and squares, derived fiom a regular fbllerene by
replacing two pentagons by squares, and two adjacent hexagons by an octagon, as for
example in octahedral C48.3Closed cages containing other than 5- and 6-membered
rings are known as qw+lllerenes.
Hitherto, the fillerenes have been referred to generally by their molecular
formula, e.g. C60, C70 etc. However, now that derivatisationis becoming commonplace,
as will be evident fiom reading the chapters in this book, it is necessary to introduce a
proper nomenclature term, since one cannot refer to methylc60 etc. A system similar to
that uetd with the annulenes is being adopted by IUPAC, and in this C6o is written as
[6O]firtlerene. As in the case of the annulenes, the number in square brackets indicates the
number of atoms and dso the number of n-electrons. (Note that the overall number of
bonds in a hllerene C, is 3n/2.) This method has been introduced too late for it to have
been incorporated in all of the chapters of this book, but it appears in some. For quasi-
fillerenes, the sizes of rings present are indicated in curved brackets in front of the name.
Thus octahedral C48 is described as (4,6,8)[48-oh]qumi-f%llerene.
It is just over four years since pure [60]fillerene (Fig. 1) and [70]fUerene (Fig.
2) were first isolated and characterised.4.5At that time it was widely assumed that these


molecules, and [60]fbllerene in particular would be very unreactive. This was based upon
the fact that this molecule has 12,500 resonance structures.6 However, all but one of
these involves the presence of a double bond in at least one pentagonal ring. This is a
destabiiising feature because strained five-membered rings adjacent to benzenoid rings
tend to avoid having a double bond in the pentagonal ring, for to do so would increase
the main in an already-strained ring; this latter is the basis of the long-known Mills-
Nixon effect.7 The heats of formation of [60]-and [7O]fbllerene are respectively 10.15
and 9.34 kcal/moIe* (which makes then thermodynamically much less stable than either
diamond or graphite), and this is consistent with the expectation that stability will
increase as the fullerene surface becomes more planar, which it will do with incrersing
size (at least for near spherical cages). Approximately 80% of this heat of formation is
due to strain, and to add a double bond to a pentagon increases the strain by cu. 8

Figure 1 [M)]Fullerene Figure 2 [7O]Fullerene

Thus there is considerable bond-fixation in [60]fidlerene (and in the other

fillerenes as well9), making the molecules giant three-dimensional electron-deficient
alkenes, possessing a relatively small amount of delocalisation (certainly in comparison
with typical aromatic compounds). Hence in [60]fbllerene the length of the bond between
two hexagons (commonly referred to as the 6-6 bond) is 1.38 whereas that of the 5-6
bond (between a pentagon and a hexagon) is 1.45 A. The characteristic reactions are
therefore addition; the molecules cannot undergo substitittion and cannot therefore
possess substituents. Only fbllerene derivatives, possessing addends; can undorgo
substitution. The mechanism of the addition processes is in most cases not yet clear.
What is certain is that the electron deficiency, which arises from a combination of

strain,10 and the presence of such a large number of -I inductively electron-

withdrawing*1 s$-hyb~dised carbon atoms, makes the molecules very powerhl
electrophiles.Consequently the fbllerenes readily undergo nucleophilic addition and their
derivatives undergo nucleophilic substitution(in some cases more readily). At the time of
w r i tiq it is becoming apparent that the electrophilicity decreases with increasing size of
the iltllcrcne, and that the reactivity decreases in the same direction. It would of course
be most surprising if this were not the case, because an infinitely large fbllerene is
effectivdy a sheet of graphite, which is rather unreactive. Addition tends to take place
across the 1,2-bond and equivalents in both [60]- and [70]hllerene. Further addition in
[70]fidlarme can also take place across the 5,6-bond and across the 7,23-positions and
equivalents. (For numbering system see below.)

1. Addition Patterns
Some of the major addition patterns for [60]fillerene are now apparent; patterns
for [70]fidlerene are just emerging. The patterns can be categorised according to the
extent of eclipsing steric hindrance that exists,betweenthe addends:
1.1 Groups with no Eclipsing Steric Hindrance. These groups bridge two adjacent
carbon atoms. They may be small e.g. 0, CH2, medium sized, e.g. benzyne and cyclo-
pentadiene, or large, e.g. CPh2, Pt(PEt3)2. The latter group has been shown to undergo
six-fold addition to [60]fUllerene, the addends being disposed octahedrally.12 The
octahedral array not only avoids steric interactions between the components of the
addend, but creates a product which has eight benzenoid rings in which the restriction on
delocaliation, present in [60]fullerene, is partly removed (Fig. 3); the structure is thereby
greatly stabilised.13The greater delocalisation in these benzenoid rings is shown by the
bond lengths of 1.42 and 1.39 4 i.e. bond alternation is greatly reduced compared to
that in the original [60]hllerene. (It is probably generally the case that provided no
severe steric interactions are introduced by a given addition, and a substantial number of
free hexagons remain, then the derivatives will be more stable than the parent fullerene.)
Six-fold addition has been shown to take place with CPh2.14 benzyne,l5
cycloptadiene,16 morpholine, 17 and methylene,l 8 and octahedral dispositions of
these groups, though not yet confirmed, is highly probable. Octahedral addition is also
produced by two identical trios of (mutually orthogonal) additions, whereby the first trio
conserves the decacyclene moiety which is a common feature of a number of stable
Illerenes. 13

Figure 3 Schlegel diagram for (O]fiiflerenewith octahedral addition sites encircled.

Addition increases aromatisationof the hexagonalrings (s).

The smaller of these groups may also add at fixther sites in the molecule, and
evidence that for this is provided by the formation of epoxides derived fiom
fluorornerenes, with up to eighteen oxygens attached to the cage . l9

(a) (b)
Ngure 4 Products that can in principle arise from reaction of a group X at a 6:6-dngjunction

(4 (b)
Ngure 5 Products that can in principle arise from reactionof a group X at a 5:6-ringJunction

Addition of such groups e.g. CH2 commonly takes place across a 1,2-bond (6:6-
ring junction) to give a bridged (methanofuUerene) structure (Fig 4a), rather than an
inserted one (homofkUerene or fulleroid, Fig. 4b) because the former maintains the
favourablearrangement of double bonds being exocyclic to ~entagons.2072~ Conversely
however, insertion into the lp-bond (5:6-ringjunction) is favoured (Fig 5a) because this
not only gives the preferred benzenoid structure in one of the hexagons, but the
alternativebridged structure(Fig. 5b) would have a double bond in a pentagon.2*>21
1.2. Gtoups with Small &lipsing inteructiom-AaZition of Hydrogen.Hydrogen adds
across the 1,2-bond in [6O]fullerene and the 1,2- and 5,6-bonds in [70]fi~llerene(new
numbering - see Fig. 8), to &ve the corresponding dihydrolllerenes. Further addition
can then take place across the equivalent bonds throughout the molecule, giving first a
variety of tetrahydro derivatives (see Chapter 4), and then higher hydrogenated
derivatives.22Although the low steric interactions suggest that in principle it should be
possible to produce the filly hydrogenated derivatives, evidence for these has not yet
been obtained, possibly because all of the C-Hbonds will be eclipsed, and the eclipsing
can be relieved only slightly by twisting of the C-C bonds of the cage. Moreover,
addition tends to stop at C6$36 (see Chap. 4), this compound being particularly stable
because the T isomer (Fig. 4) contains four benzenoid rings;13720323 further addition to
these highly delocalised rings is then difficult. It is also significant that octahedral
addition is on the pathway to the Tisomer of C6$36.

Figure 6 Schlegel diagram for the T isomer of C60H-36; (l3) denotes benzenoid rings.

Addition to [7O]fullerene also stops largely at the C70H36 stage, though here,
significant amounts of C7oH3g and C7OH40 are also produced.24 This can be explained
by the formation of an equatorialbelt of either two phenanthrenoid Mgs and a bewenoid
one @is. 7) or of one phenanthrenoid ring and two naphthalenoid ones.25 Further
reduction of the bonds corresponding to the 9,lO-bonds in phenanthrene (encirded in
Fig. 7) accounts for the two higher reduction levels obtained. These structures may in
due course be found to have importance in other additions of [7O]lllerene.

Figare 7 Schiegel diagram for a proposed structure of C70H36; aromatic regions outlined,and
9,IO-bondof phenanthrene moiety encircled

1.3. Groups with Moderate Eclipsing Interactions. Fluorine falls into this category, and
there is general agreement amongst the various reports that ca forty-eight fluorines can
be added without much difficulty (Chap. 6). Thereafter it becomes progressively harder
to add the remaining twelve fluorines to produce the hlly saturated derivative but has
been achieved. The question as to why fluorination does not stop at the thirty-six
hydrogen stage, as hydrogenation laregly does, can be attributabed to the much lower
activation energy for fluorination compared to hydrogenation.
1.4. Groups with h r g e Steric Znteractions. The situation here awaits further
clarification. Radicals formed by the addition of R groups to (6O]fhllerene adopt a
structure such that the groups are beta to a pentagonal ring, this having the advantages

that the groups do not steridy interact and the radical is delocalised around the
p e n t q p d ring (Chap. 13).25 It should also be possible to produce a diradid with each
radical delocalisad around diametrically opposed pentagons. There are also five other
(equivalent) pentagonal rings that could be the centm for radical addition, but such
additioa would introduce a measure of steric interactionwhich is probably unfavourable.
Up to twenty-four chlorine or bromine atoms can be added to [6O]fIdlerene, and
in the redant derivativeno two addends are adjacent to each other, which follows &om
the e x p t e d stcric interactions. In the C6& compounds, (the structures of which
r e w n b h that for the radicals) one pair of halogens are adjacent, and this is true also for
C70Cl10 (we Chap. 7), but this is probably as much eclipsing that can be tolerated. As in
the case of the radicals one further pentagon could be a probable centre for addition, so
that compsund C6oX12 should be isolable. In the compound C60Br8 the bromines are
also nolladjacent, and in principle it should be possible to produce C M r 1 6 with the
same sieht-fold disposition ofthe bromine atoms, but this derivativewould not be on the
pathway to CMr24; C&rZo with benzenoid rings at opposite poles also seems a
The bulkiest groups that have been attached to the [6O]fullerene are
pertluodkyls and phenyl (Chaps. 13 and 8), with evidence for the addition of up to 16
groups, though the locations are unknown as yet.26
In summary a correlation is emerging between the sue of the addend and the
number that can be attached to the cage. In due course one can expect to see a further
correlation between the number of addends for a particular reaction, and the size of the

2. Numbering of Fullereneta
In this section the hllerene numbering schemes that seem likely to be
recommended by IUPAC are presented in the form of Schlegel diagrams. To obtain
these dhgams, one pole of the fullerene is expanded whilst the other one is shrunk until
a t w d i s i o n a l representationis obtained.
There is no doubt that the speed with which chemists began to make derivatives
of fidhnes caught nomenclaturists unawares. Consequently a numbering system for
[6O]lllsrene involving numbering around a pentagon was provisionally intr0duced,2~
and seemed logical enough since there is a similar pentagonal cap in [70]lllerene.
However, it transpired that contiguous numbering cannot be achieved in [70]fillereneby
numbating from the pentagonal cap (Fig. 8), and moreover it quickly became clear that

one bond in [6O]fullerene is the site of nearly all reactions. It made sense therefore to
number this as the 1,2-bond, and hence to commence numbering around a hexagon (Fig.
9).28 Further consideration has revealed that contiguous numbering can be achieved in
[7O]lUerene by numbering around a hexagon adjacent to the pentagonal cap (Fig. lo),
and this has the advantage that the most reactive bond in [70]fhllerene is also the 1,2-
bond, and carbons 1-38 have the same environments in both molecules. The system given
by Figure 8 has been used in a number of papers hitherto, and in some parts of this book.
However, it is recommended that henceforth the more convenient system given in Figure
10 should be used.
Before giving examples of the numbering schemes it is necessary to elaborate
fhrther on the description of the fhllerene. For [60]fullerene and [70]fullerene only two
isomers concern us (at least in relation to the chemistry), and so it is unnecessary to give
the fid descriptions viz. [60-Zh]fullerene and [70-D5h]fullerene respectively. Where, due
to degeneracy, subdivision is necessary, then this is indicated by capital Roman numerals.
These are assigned priority on the basis of the lowest numeral sequence at the first point
of difference, when the incidence of the 12 pentagonal faces in a ring spiral is stated as a
list of numbers in the range 1 to n/2 + 2 in ascending order, using the sequence given in
the 'Atlas of Fullerenes' by P.W. Fowler and D. E. Manolopoulos, O.U. Press, 1994.
These degeneracies have been indicated previously by various other methods some of
which have been directly contradictory. Henceforth, only the designations given in
Figures 11-22, which show some isolated pentagon isomers of [76-, 78-, 82-, and
84]fidlerenes, should be used. Not all of these fdlerenes have yet been isolated and

Pipllm 8 Non-contiguous (former) numbering scheme for [7O]fullerene

Figure 9 Recommendednumbering scheme for [60]fuIlerene



"" OY

Figure 10 Recommended (new)numbering scheme for [7O]fullerene


Figure 11 Numbering scheme for [76-D2]fuIIerene


Figure 14 Numbering scheme for [784'2v(II)]fullerene


Figure 15 Nunibcnng scheme for [78-D3h(f)lfullerene



Figure 16 Numbering scheme. for [78-D3h(II)]fullercne


Eptsure 17 Numkering scheme for [82~v(I)ffullerene


Figure 18 Numbering scheme for [82-C-j$I)]fullerene


Figure 19 Numbering scheme for [84-D2(Iv)]hllereneene


Figure 21 Numbering scheme for [Srl-Djd]fUllercnc


Figure 22 Numbering scheme for [84-D6hJhllerene

The term hlleroids has been used provisionally to describe some carbon-bridged
derivatives of [6O]hllerenes, but these can now be replaced by the existing organic
nomenclature, as exemplified in Figures 23 and 24.

Figure 23 1,2-Mcthano[60]Nlerene (X= CHZ);

(X = CPh2)
6 1,61-Diphenyl-l,2-rnethano[60]hrllerene

Figwe 24 1(6)a-Hom0[60]fi1llercne(X= CH2);

la, la-Diphenyl-1(6)a-homoI60]hillereneQ = CPh2)

The tam endohedrai which has been introduced to describe fbllerenes with entities
inside the cage is as yet not a problem since no derivatives of them have been made.
However,inevitably this situation will change, and conflict will arise with Diels-Alder
adducts possessing endo and em substituentson the addend. To forestall this problem it
is recommended by IUPAC that since the term incurceranes already exists as an
approved nomenclature term, the term incur (symbol i) be used henceforth to describe
non-empty Illerenes.
Lastly, though strictly not nomenclature, the notations for the carbon atoms in
Fig. 25 has been fbund useful by many workers
e d c b a

Figure 25. Notation for the five different types of carbon atoms in [7O]futlerene


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chapter 2

FuUerene Production

LowellD. Lamb
Department of Physics, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA

1 Introduction

Fullerene production is a simple process (see Figure 1). A large electric current is
paased through graphite rods in a quenching atmosphere of inert gas, thus evaporating
the rods to produce a light, fluffy condensate called fullerene soot. Under the right
conditions a substantial fraction is comprised of fullerenes, and they can be extracted
either by sublimation or, more commonly, by solvation. In spite of the use of the
term soot, this is not a combustion product; pure carbon is vaporized in aa inert
atmosphere, and the vapor condenses into a variety of forms including the fullerenes.
Besides Ceo and C70, hundreds of larger fullerenes, endohedral fullerenes, single- and
multi-walled nanotubes and nanoparticles, and nanotubes and nanoparticles contain-
ing nanocrystals of foreign materials can be made simply and in abundance. This
chapter will give an overview of the Kratschmer-Huffman process [2] and its variants,
with special emphasis on the practical aspects of obtaining Cm and CT0.Concerning
the published literature, an attempt will be made to cite recent and comprehensive
articles instead of trying to give a complete history of production.

2 Soot Production

The fullerene-soot generators currently in use can be divided into two broad
classes: small bench-top chambers intended for the production of limited quan-
tities of soot (on the order of 10-20 grams per day) and large, high-output chambers
capable of producing hundreds of grams of soot per day. A small chamber, if adequate,
offers a number of advantages including simplicity and low cost. Good descriptions
of bench-top soot chambers have been published by Koch et al. [3] and by Scrivens
and Tour [4]. In both cases the reaction vessel was made from commercially available
glassware, out-of-pocket expenses were several hundred dollars, and construction re-
quired a few hours of machine work and a few days of labor. If a large soot generator
is needed, there are several issues that have added importance in the design. These
include turn-around time (i.e., the time between burns required to cool the cham-
ber, break vacuum, install a new rod (or rods), and to pump and purge the system),
the amount of soot generated per burn (i.e., the rod diameter and the maximum
length of rod that can be burned), soot harvesting, and, probably most important,
the generation of large amounts of heat. To deal with the last problem virtually all of


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Figure 1: Basic steps in fullerene production [l].

the large chambers are water cooled in some way. For example, in various fullerene-
soot generators at the University of Arizona both electrodes are water-cooled and a
water-cooled shroud shields the chamber from direct radiation from the arc. Good
discussions of large chambers (with drawings) can be found in articles by Haufler et
al. [5] and Parker et al. IS]. Excluding the vacuum pump and power supply (which
may be larger and more expensive than those needed for a small chamber), the con-
version of an existing vacuum chamber into a large fullerene-soot generator may cost
$1,000-2,000 and require several weeks of labor.
The optimum conditions for soot production are extremely chamber- and technique-
dependent. Indeed, all of the influential variables in the process probably have not
been identified, let alone had their effects characterized. Variables that appear to
be universally important include quenching-gas species and purity, chamber pressure,
and rod size. Variables whose importance is less clearly understood, or that seem to
be more important in some chambers than in others, include voltage, current,.burn
rate, the use of an ax. versus a d.c. power supply, chamber dimensions and geometry
(including the presence of cooled collection-surfaces),type of burn, static versus flow-
through quenching atmosphere, convection, and the effects of arc-produced radiation
on the soot. Brief discussions of some of these variables follow.
Although fullerenes will form in a variety of inert atmospheres (e. g., argon and
moleculaz nitrogen 1511, a t present helium is the universal choice because the yields
are substantially higher [5],[7].In this context the yield is the fraction of the soot that

consists of soluble fullerenes. The large range of optimum quenching-gas pressures

that has been reported is perhaps the best evidence of the chamber-dependent nature
of soot production. Although fullerenes will form with a wide range of pressures (at
the University of Arizona fullerenes have been made with pressures ranging from 25
Torr of helium to 3 atmospheres of argon), most workers report optimum pressures
in the range of 100-200 Torr. R. E. Haufler has been involved in the design and
construction of 10 fullerene-soot generators at several different facilities, and as part
of the characterization of each chamber he has conducted a yield versus pressure
study (81. He reports that the yield maxima for the various chambers ranged from 50
Torr to slightly less than one atmosphere, with a possible weak trend of increasing
optimum pressure with increasing chamber volume. Further, for all chambers Haufler
was able to find soot-generation conditions that reliably resulted in yields of lo+%.
Another report of an optimum pressure significantly outside of the 100-200 Torr range
is by Scrivens and Tour, who found that a pressure of 450 Torr gives the highest yield
for their chamber [4]. Additionally, they report a local maximum in the yield at e l 5 0
Torr. This wide and apparently unpredictable variation in the optimum pressure from
one chamber to another makes a yield versw pressure study an essential step in the
characterization of any fullerene-soot generator.
High-purity (99.99+%) graphite rods are available from a variety of manufacturers,
and to date there have been no reports of differences in fullerene yield due to the brand
of rod used. The rod diameter, however, does dramatically influence the process, with
the yield falling as the rod diameter increases [9]. Specifically, 6 mm ($")-diameter
rods are used most frequently, and under properly optimized conditions lo+% yields
are common. By contrast, yields for 3 mm (:")-diameter rods can be 20+% [lo],
and for 12.5 mm ( $")-rods yields are typically 4-7% [9]. In selecting the rod size
the competing considerations are, of course, the larger volume of soot generated by
vaporizing large rods versus the higher yield that comes from using smaller rods.
At present there does not seem to be a case for the superiority of either ax.
or d.c. power in terms of fullerene yield. Equally unclear is the issue of how the
yield is effected by the size of the electrode gap and the rate of evaporation. For
example, Parker et al. [S]and Scrivens and Tour [4] both report finding maximum-
yield conditions for their respective chambers using relatively large electrode gaps and
relatively long burn times (4 mm gap and 0.5 cm/min rod-consumption rate, and 2-4
mm gap and 0.2 cm/min rod-consumption rate, respectively). On the other hand,
Haufler reports that for all of the fullerene generators he has built and characterized,
maximum-yield conditions invariably include burning at the highest rate allowed by
the power supply, which implies that the electrode gap is quite small [8]. Besides the
obvious time savings, a rapid burn with a small electrode gap limits the arc-generated
radiation and reduces the amount of heat generated.
The typical fullerene-soot generator in use today is a converted vacuum chamber,
hence as a rule the volume and the details of the chamber geometry are largely

accidental. Although the effects of a chambers design on fullerene production are

much harder to determine than are, for instance, the effects of varying the helium
pressure, there are indications that chamber geometry can be quite influential. While
some objectives in chamber design are reasonably well defined, such as minimization
of heat production, other potentially important considerations, such as convection,
are poorly understood. For instance, in one of the Rice University chambers the
placement of a water-cooled chimney directly above the arc significantly increased
the fulletene yield [5]. Also, Parker et al. report that the convection patterns within
the Argonne soot-production chamber are markedly different depending on whether
or not a set of collection surfaces (shims) are in place, and that the fullerene yield
is a factor of two higher when the shims are used [6].
The presence of contaminants, especially hydrogen-containing compounds, in the
rods, in the gas supply, or due to chamber leaks, has two undesirable consequences.
First, as the level of impurities increases the fullerene yield decreases. Laser-ablation
[ll] and arc-discharge [12]studies involving the systematic addition of hydrogen-
containing gases (Hz [ll],methane and cyclopentadiene vapor [12]) to the quenching
atmosphere have shown that a relatively small concentration of hydrogen can have
a large impact on fullerene production, In one of the studies a 10% fraction of Hz
completely poisoned the reaction and no fullerenes were formed Ill]. Similarly, the
presence of trace amounts of oxygen can lead to the production of fullerene oxides [13].
Curing the rods before a burn by heating them in a vacuum to drive off adsorbed
volatilea can have a positive impact on the yield [8]. The second and perhaps more
serioue consequence of the presence of impurities during fullerene synthesis is the likely
formation of significant quantities of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), many
of which are known carcinogens.
In addition to the health and safety issues discussed in Section 8, the incredible
messiness of fullerene soot makes it imperative that harvesting be done as carefully
and aa cleanly as possible. This is especially important for larger chambers, which
are heavily used as a rule and generate large quantities of soot. Greatly complicating
the task of harvesting is the extreme flocculence of fullerene soot. A substantial
fraction of the soot is composed of very small, fluffy particles that become airborne
with the slightest agitation, and once airborne can travel surprising distances before
settling (or being inhaled). It is strongly recommended that the soot chamber reside
in a hood so that rod replacement and soot collection take place in a well-ventilated
environment. Also, proper gloves and dust masks should be worn whenever handling
soot, and skin contact with the soot should be avoided,

3 Extraction

.Although the fullerenes axe soluble in a wide variety of suhents [la], toluene is
most commonly used because of its low cost, relative safety, low boiling point, and

reasonably large capacity for carrying fullerenes in solution (at room temperature,
saturation of C a in toluene occurs at z2.8 mg/ml [14]). As a usual first step, mixed
fullerenes (typically consisting of ~ 8 0 % C ~ O%20%
, Cto, and 31% larger fullerenes)
are extracted from the soot with toluene, either in a Soxhlet apparatus or simply by
dispersing the soot in tofuene and filtering (cold extraction). In a cold extraction it
may be helpful to sonicate the soot/tohene slurry before filtering. Depending upon
the soot/solvent ratio of the initial wash, it may be useful to repeat the procedure
more than once. At the University of Arizona excellent results have been obtained
by: (1) adding 40 grams of fullerene soot to 4 liters of toluene in a glass bottle
and vigorously shaking the bottle to mix thoroughly; (2) leaving the bottle to stand
overnight, thus allowing the vast majority of the insoluble component of the soot to
settle; (3) carefully decanting the reddish-brown liquor from the bottle, disturbing
the undissolved soot as little as possible; (4) filtering the liquor with a coarse and
then a fine paper filter. Because a substantial fraction of fullerene soot is composed of
graphitic particles 0.1 pm or less in diameter, considerable care must be taken in this
step to insure that all particulate matter indeed is removed from the liquor. Using a
short chromatography column as a find filtration step may be more effective than a
paper filter [8],I15j; ( 5 ) removing the toluene with a rotary evaporator, leaving the
mixed fullerenes in the form of a crystalline powder (extract); and (6) collecting
the depleted fullerene soot from several first washes and repeating steps (1)-(5)2 or
3 times, depending upon the color of the third wash.
The wide range in reported typical yields of extract (=6-20%) almost certainly
is due in part to the lack of a standardized assaying method. Besides the most
common methods of mass balancing and HPLC (an HPLC protocol described in a
paper by Diederich and Whetten [16] has been used with excellent results at the
University of Arizona), mass spectrometry and uv-visible absorption spectroacopy
have also been used. It is not likely, however, that differences in analytical methods
constitute the entire explanation for the large variation in the reported yields. One
important possibility is contamination. Any soluble contaminants origindly present
in the soot (PAHs, vacuum grease, pump oil, etc.) will be in the extract, and they
should be removed before the final yield determination. At the University of Arizona
contaminants are routinely removed by first thoroughly washing the extract with
hexane or ether and then gently baking the sample under vacuum.

4 Separation

Straightforward methods for the chromatographic preparation of relatively large

quantities of high-purity Cso and have been developed and are widely used within
the fuilerene community. The first efficient method that was reported uses recycling,
hot hexane in a modified Kauffman chromatography column of alumina 1171. Such a
system runs largely unattended, and can provide large quantities of very pure Ca in

2-3 days and large quantities of c70 in 7-10 days. More recently, several activated-
charcoal-based systems for the purification of Cm and C70 have been described 1181-
1211. This approach is especially well suited for preparation of c60; with the proper
choice of activated charcoal several grams of very pure Cm may be obtained in =30
minutes via straightforward plug-filtration of fullerene/toluene solutions 1191, [21].
High-purity C70 also may be obtained using either flash chromatography 1201 or the
recycling apparatus used for the hexanelalumina system [Zl]. Although flash chro-
matography is faster (a few hours versus 2 days for the recycling system), it should
be noted that for each gram of pure c70 prepared in this fashion ~ 1 liters
0 of 1,2-
dichlorobenzene (boiling point: 178 C) must be removed with a rotary evaporator.
It is now well known that fullerene soot contains hundreds of larger, soluble, all-
carbon clusters besides C ~ and
O (270. Fullerenes as large as have been detected
with mass spectrometry in solvent extracts [22], and it appears that in these mix-
tures of larger fullerenes every even-numbered carbon cluster beyond Css is present
in some concentration. In addition to the large, even-numberedclusters present in
the soot several stable, toluene-soluble, odd-numbered clusters (C,,,, C ~ Z Band
, C139)
have been found [23].Using high-boiling-pointsolvents such as l12,4-trichlorobenzene
appreciable quantities of mixed, larger fullerenes can be extracted from depleted
fullerene soot (i.e., soot that first has been washed thoroughly with toluene to re-
move as much C ~ andO c70 as possible) [13]. Excellent discussionsof various extraction
schemes can be found in papers by Parker et al. [6], [24], by Smart et af. [25], and by
Diederich and Whetten [l6]. Of this extensive family of molecules only a few of the
smaller, even-numbered species have been isolated. After Cm and (270, the next most
abundant species are c76, C78, and C S ~and , tens of milligrams of these molecules
have been isolated using normal column chromatography and HPLC [13], [16], [26],
[27]. Beyond these, however, the problems of separation are formidable [26]-[28].

5 Endohedral Fullerenes

Besides the empty, all-carbon fullerenes discussed so far, macroscopic quanti-

ties of soluble fullerenes with various metal atoms or small clusters of metal atoms
trapped inside the cage (endohedruf fullerenes or metallojullerenes) can be synthe-
sized, either by laser-ablation of metal-impregnated graphite [29], or more commonly
by using doped-graphite electrodes in a standard fullerene-soot generator. So far,
soots containing endohedral species with captive La, Y , Sc, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd,
Tb, Dy, Ho, or Er ions or clusters have been made. The interior volume of a C60
molecule, the smallest of the fullerenes, will accommodate an atom of any element of
the periodic table up to and including uranium, which raises the possibility of some-
day being able to tune the chemical and electrical properties of a given fullerene
by choosing properly the imprisoned atom or molecule. Articles by Giilan et al. [30]
and by Bethune et ul. 1311 contain excellent introductions to the field.

The doped rods used in endohedral production typically are prepared by: (1)
boring a coaxial hole in a graphite rod; (2) packing the resulting cavity with a mixture
of graphite cement and metal powder, metal oxide, or metal carbide, with the metal
content being a few percent of the overall carbon content; and (3) baking the rod
in a vacuum or inert atmosphere to graphitize the cement and drive off any volatile
species. The total and relative yields of the metallofullerenes can vary considerably
with the level of doping. In general, a smaller metal fraction results in a higher
overall yield of metallofullerenes with single-metal-atom species dominating, and a
higher metal fraction results in a lower overall yield with multiple-metal-atom species
dominating [32]. Although endohedral fullerena can be synthesized with reasonable
yields using such rods, they always occur together with a mixture of empty fullerenes,
and isolating even small amounts of individual endohedral species requires multi-step
HPLC protocols [33], [34]. Greatly complicating the problem is the fact that many
endohedral species are air sensitive; for example, LaQCal is quite stable and has
been extracted, isolated, and characterized without special handling [34], while the
extraction of LaQC76 has been possible only under anaerobic conditions [35]. Bethune
et al. have recently reported the isolation of milligram quantities of SczQC8.l and tmme
characterization of its crystalline phase [32].
Using high pressure and temperature, Saunders et al. have recently produced
macroscopic quantities of MQC60 and MQC70, with M = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, or Xe
[36]. By heating a solid c60/c70 mixture at a temperature of ~ 6 0 0 C for several
hours in the presence of a noble gas with a pressure in the 20,000-40,000 psi range,
they obtained yields as high as a few tenths of a percent of the endohedral product
relative to the empty fullerene precursor. These extraordinary materials are soluble
in toluene and apparently include the first stable compounds involving helium and
neon. Sufficiently large samples of 3HeQCm and 3HeQC,0 have been made to allow
NMR characterization [37].

6 N a n o t u b e s a n d Nanoparticles

In addition to the fullerenes and endohedral fullerenes, we now know that other
classes of carbon-based materials can be produced by vaporizing graphite (or doped
graphite) in an appropriate atmosphere, namely carbon nanotubes (buckytubes)
and nanoparticles. These fascinating structures can be synthesized in gram quantities,
and it has been speculated that applications may include electronics, magnetic storage
of information, gas storage, catalysis, chemical separation, and composite materials.
Below are brief discussions of the production and separation methods now in we.
Following Iijimas initial report [38] of finding carbon nanotubes in a deposit on
the cathode of a fullerene-soot generator, Ebbesen & Ajayan published a recipe for
making large quantities of this novel class of carbon structures [39]. Using a typical
fullerene-production apparatus and a higher pressure than normal (500 Torr instead

of the usual 100-200 Torr), they found conditions under which a particular type of
carbonaceous deposit would form on the cathode. In electron-microscopy studies
of these Structures it waa discovered that certain interior regions contained copious
quantitiee of carbon nanotubes mixed with carbon nanoparticles. Tubes that are pro-
duced in this fashion typically consist of two or more concentric shells, with diameters
ranging from 2 to 20 nanometers and lengths sometimes as great as several microm-
eters. The nanoparticles are typically tens of nanometers in diameter, and consist
of many concentric graphitic layers. Systematic studies of the effects of varying the
production parameters on the yield and morphology of the nanotubes have been pub-
lished by Ando and Iijima [40] and Seraphin et al. [41], and an overview of the field
may be found in a review article by Ebbesen [42]. It is worth noting that although
fullerenes, nanotubes and nanoparticles can form in the same environment, and that
their formation processes are clearly related, nanotubes and nanoparticles form in
significant yield under a broader range of conditions than do fullerenes. For example,
it is possible to make nanotubes and nanoparticles, but not fullerenes, in a quenching
atmosphere of CHI [40]. Although the tangled mixture of nanotubes and nanoparti-
clea has not (to the authors knowledge) proved separable via any standard technique,
Ebbeatn and coworkers have reported the isolation of pure nanotubes by heating mix-
tures of nanotubes and nanoparticlee in pure oxygen [43]. The nanoparticles burn
more quickly than do the nanotubes, and although ~ 9 9 % of the starting material is
consumed in the process a sample composed solely of nanotubes is obtained.
Making up a separate claas of fullerene-related structures are the single-walled
buckytubes, which can be made copiously under the right conditions [44]. In this
p r o m the presence of a transition metal (Fe, Co, Ni) as a catalyst is an important
requirement. Unlike the multi-walled tubes, these tubes are not found in the cathode
deposit. Rather, they are mixed with carbon nanoparticles in web-like structures
and rubbery sheets in the soot, and are made easily in gram quantities. The small
diameters of these tubes (-1 nm) and their location in the soot suggests that the
single-walled tubes are closer relatives of the fullerenes than are the multi-walled
tubes and particles discussed above. The yields, lengths, and distribution of radii of
the tubes are greatly affected by the choice of catalyst and other parameters [45].
The covaporiaation of metals and carbon has been exploited by various groups
with two objectives: to influence the yields and morphologies of pure-carbon nan-
otubea and nanocrystals, and to produce nanocrystals of various compounds that
are completely within nested carbon structures. By doping the electrodes with met-
als, carbides, or metal oxides (in the same manner as for the production of endohe-
dral fullerenes) and by properly choosing the production conditions, nanotubes and
nanoparticles have been formed that encapsulate nanocrystals containing Y, La, Ce
Pr, Nd,Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Lu, Co, Fe, or Ni. An excellent overview of the field may
be found in an article by Saito et al. [46]. Particularly interesting has been the obser-
vation by the Carnegie Mellon University group (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA) of

ferromagnetism, paramagnetism, and even textbook superparamagnetism in cer-

tain carbon-coated nanocrystals found in the soot [47]. The extremely small size of
these particles (typically 1-10 nm in diameter), and the fact that the magnetic mate-
rial is protected from chemical attack by the carbon coating, suggest possible utility
in the magnetic storage of information. It is also worth noting that the Carnegie
Mellon group has had some success in extracting the magnetic nanoparticles from the
raw soot with a magnetic-field-gradient separator [47].

7 Other P r o d u c t i o n and Separation Techniques

The fullerene production techniques involving the laser ablation of graphite [29],
sputtering or electron-beam evaporation of graphite [48], inductive heating of graphite
[49], vaporization of graphite powder in an Ar plasma jet [50], and the use of con-
centrated solar radiation to vaporize graphite [9], [51], appear to be close relatives
of the original Kratschmer-Huffman method [2]. In all cases pure graphite is va-
porized in the presence of an inert, quenching atmosphere, and the resulting vapor
condenses into a fullerene-bearing soot. It is not unreasonable to speculate that the
fullerene-formation mechanisms for these processes are very similar. However, it is not
clear what the relationships are among evaporative fullerene formation, formation
of fullerenes in a special class of sooting flames [52], and formation of fullerenes via
pyrolysis of naphthalene 153). In the first of these non-evaporative processes, special,
subatmospheric-pressure benzene/oxygen flames have readily produced gram quanti-
ties of soot with 20% fullerene yields. Besides possessing the potentially important
advantage of being an exothermic reaction, it is possible to tune the Cm/Cm ra-
tio over a wide range by adjusting the flame conditions. An excellent review of this
method is found in an article by Howard et al. (541. In the other non-evaporative
technique, Taylor et al. have shown that pyrolytic decomposition of naphthalene in a
low-temperature (1000 C) argon atmosphere can result in the formation of macro-
scopic quantities of c60 and C,O via combination of Clo fragments [53]. As they point
out, this process in principle could be operated in a continuous fashion, and it may
prove possible to form selectively a particular fullerene or even endohedral fullerene
by choosing judiciously the hydrocarbon precursor and other reactants.
The major problems with the chromatographic techniques discussed in Section 4
are stated easily: besides c60 and C70, only a few of the hundreds of other fullerenes
and endohedral fullerenes can be isolated in any quantity, and then only with an
enormous investment of effort and other resources; a significant quantity of the start-
ing material is lost irretrievably with any of the methods currently in use; and the
final product invariably contains trace amounts of solvent trapped in the solid, Of
the other approaches that have been tried because of these difficulties, a few deserve
brief mention. Darwish et al. report that the careful concentration of an already
saturated C60/C70 solution results in the precipitation of a solid that is richer in C70

than the starting solution, and by repeating the process several times high-purity C70
may b obtained [21]. As they point out, this method is suitable for large scale pro-
cesaing, and there are no ~ O S W with repeated cycling. In a similar vein, Ruoff et al.
have made progress in enriching the higher-fullerenecontent of fullerene mixtures us-
ing selective-extraction techniques [55]. Another widely discussed approach involves
chemical modification of the fullerenes to facilitate separation. For example, Atwood
et at. [as] and Suzuki et al. 1571 have reported the purification of Cm and c70 by
reversible complexation with calixarenes, which are bowl-shaped molecules that se-
lectively bind to Cm in a toluene solution. Briefly, the calixarene/Cso complex forms
a precipitate in toluene that is filtered out and redissolved in chloroform, whereupon
the complex decomposes and the Cm forms a precipitate while the calixarene stays
in solution. Although it is not clear that this approach is superior to the activated-
charcoal-based schemes for the large-scale preparation of CSOand C T ~the , idea of
someday being able to design a complexation 'partner" for a specific fullerene or en-
dohedral fullerene is very appealing, given the current unsatisfactory state of the art.
Lastly, the convenience and effectiveness of solvent-based extraction and separation
are not without price; residual amounts of the solvent invariably are trapped in the
interstices of any fullerene crystal that has been grown out of solution. Prolonged
baking under vacuum does not remove fully this stubborn form of contamination, and
sublimation or even repeated sublimation in a vacuum may be the only certain way
of purifying completely fullerenes that have been in solution. Accordingly, there has
been some work on the extraction and Separation of the fullerenes via sublimation
and trmsport in an inert gas [58]. The total fullerene yields can be comparable to
those obtained by toluene extraction, and high-purity Cm and C70 samples have been

8 Health and Safety Issues

After four years of intensive, world-wide fullerene research, the health-impact

picture is encouraging, if admittedly very incomplete. To the author's knowledge
there have been no reports of any adverse health effects due to exposure to fullerene-
containing materials. Even if the fullerenes themselves ultimately prove to be safe,
however, there are a number of clearly identifiable hazards associated with fullerene
research. Although some of the issues discussed below are quite serious, the majority
of them are routinely encountered in many research and industrial facilities, and it
is clear that fullerene production and research can be safe if standard laboratory
practices are followed.

Soot-making: When using a glass reaction vessel, thought must be given to the
heating of the glass during soot production, as heat-induced stress may lead to im-
plosive failure. If the arc is monitored visually, appropriate, uv-blocking eye-protection
should be used. It is important to note that not all dark glasses offer sufficient uv-

protection, and the use of uv-transparent dark glasses may actually increase the risk
of eye damage, as the eye will dilate in response to the attenuation of the visible
output of the arc. As discussed above, impurities in the rods, quenching gas, or those
present due to chamber leaks should be minimized to reduce the chances of forming
Soot harvesting a n d handling: There is a very strong sentiment in the fullerene
community that inadvertent, long-term inhalation of airborne fullerene-soot particles
is the most serious potential health problem commonly encountered in fullerene pro-
duction, Once these particles are airborne they are very difficult to filter out of the air,
and the use of adequate hoods with high air-flow rates is strongly recommended, It is
well known that inhaling of any type of particulate contamination over an extended
period can result in serious lung damage. Given that very little is known about the
health impact of exposure to fullerene soot, and that it is common for diseases caused
by inhalation of particles to take years to develop, there is a very real and compelling
need to prevent inhalation of and skin contact with the soot.
Solvents: All of the solvents commonly used in fullerene production are toxic, in-
flammable or explosive, and many are carcinogenic, mutagenic, or teratogenic. When
using these chemicals standard laboratory procedures should be carefully followed.
All solvents should be safely stored, gloves should be worn to avoid skin contact,
open containers of solvent should be handled only in well-ventilated hoods, and used
solvents should be disposed of properly.
H e a v y metals: Many of the materials used in endohedral-fullerene production are
known toxins (e. g., heavy metals), and should be handled using standard laboratory
Fullerene-containing materials: Although there has been no indication to date
that the most common fullerenes and fullerene-containing materials ( C ~ OC, ~ Oetc.)
are dangerous in any way, until the actual health impact has been determined pru-
dence dictates that these substances be treated with the same respect accorded any
other unknown chemical. Specifically, care should be taken to prevent ingestion,
inhalation, or contact with the skin.

The author thanks M. C. Zumwalt for assistance in preparing the figure, and
also thanks the Division of Advanced Energy Projects of the Office of Basic Energy
Sciences, Department on Energy for kind support of this work.

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Chapter 3

Properties of Fullerenes

Roger Taylor

Investigationof the physical properties of lllerenes has been most intensive, and
has r d t e i in the pubfiation of many thousands of papers. However, much of the
published information is of less direct interest to the synthetic chemist, and only the most
salient htures are considered in this chapter. For practical purposes, description is
limited to [60]-, [70]-, [76]-, [78]-, [82]-, and [84]lllerenes. Given that [76-
84]Mermes comprise only about 1% of the soot extract, and isolation of 1 mg of the
pure mmpounds is hugely expensive in both time (ca.250 h are required) and solvents,
and requires state-of-theart High Pressure Liquid Chromatography, it is not surprising
therefire that to date, little or no chemistry has been performed on these compounds.
For even higher fillerenes the problem becomes an order of magnitude more difficult,
and bianing some technological breakthrough, the chemistry of these is untikely to
concern us during the next decade. Even when significant amounts of these componds
becomcr available, there will be difficulties due to the decreasing solubility and reactivity
that p d d s increasing molecular weight of fkllerenes

1. Appearance and Purity Determination

The appearance of lllerenes differs according to the thickness of the material,
whether or not they are in solution, and the nature of the solvent. Very thin films of
[6O]iwlerene are mustard yellow, the colour becoming brown, and iinally black as the
6lm thickness increases.1 [7O]Futlerene is red in thin films, then reddish-brown and
ultimately black as the fiIm becomes thicker. 1 Solutions of [60]fullerene have a beautiful
magenta d o u r in hydrocarbon solvents,* but appear brown in some pi-donor solvents,
due probably to some charge-transfer interactions (and possibly some electrophilic
addition catalysed by Lewis acid sites in the glass container). Solutions of [70]fiAlerene
in hydrocarbon solvents are port-wine red.* In the same solvents (and also
chloroalkanes) [76]fillerene gives yellow-green solution2 as does [84]fillerene? whilst
[82]fuUerene has a less greenish tinge;4 [78]fiIlerene solutions are golden chestnut-
brown c o l o ~ r . ~ 7 ~


The extinction coefficient of [70]firllerene in the visible is higher than that for
[6O]Olfullerene. A consequence is that mere traces of the former in solutions of the latter
impart a d o u r detectable to the eye. This enables experienced workers to judge the
purity of chromatographically purified samples of [6O]fbllerene without recourse to time-
consuming 13C NMR analysis. Unfortunately the reverse is not the case and solutions of
[70]fUllerene containing as much as 70% of [60]hllerene are visibly indistinguishable
from pure [70]hUerene. This led to some embarassment by fledgling lllerene
manufacturers who lacked (as is usually the case) the necessary analytical equipment.
[6O]Fullerene is the material that most workers wilI become familiar with.
Although it is black in the solid, very finely divided material can appear brown. However,
material in the latter form is preferably to be avoided since the tendency towards
atmospheric oxidation increases with surface area. Crystals of various shapes and S i z e s
can be grown easily e.g. from benzene, needles appear which are actuaUy a series of
overlapping plates rather like a cart spring.1 If however the recrystallisation fiom
benzene is very slow, deep magenta crystals of [SO]&llerene.4C& are obtained.6 Most
material is supplied fiom manufacturers as granules ranging in size up to cu. 1 mm3,
Unless suppliers have been meticulous in removing occluded solvents (and dioctyl
phthdate, the plasticiser present in all solvents including those claimed to be of HPLC
grade), and even ~ulphur,~ it will be necessary for rigorous work to sublime the fbllerene
in vacuum (at cu. 400 "C and 0.01 W g ) . In this way, ciystds in excess of 100 mg in
weight have been grown.
For preparative chemistry (as opposed to physical measurements) it will in most
cases be unnecessary to purifjr by sublimation. The purification regime devised by the
writer consists of removal of solvent after chromatographic separation (this is most
Simply, rapidly, and economically carried out using a column packed with Norit 'Elorit'
grade carbon).8 The resultant solid is then digested repeatedly with AR grade acetone
until the supernatant liquid (removed each time with a Pasteur pipette becomes
colourless (this removes non-fullerene impurities), and after removal of residual acetone
(under nitrogen), heating the solid at cu. 170 *C at 0 5 mmHg for 2 h.8 Because the
crystal packing improves with increasing purity, pure [60]fullerene is significantly harder
to dissolve than less pure material. The same purification regime and solubility aspects
apply to [7O]hllerene.
The next problem to be faced is the determination of the purity of the material
that is available. This is difficult, and little notice should be taken of early papers claiming
quite unmeasurable purities, and not too much should be taken of some manufacturers

claims. For example, purity said to be 'checked by HPLC' can be misleading unless great
carc hu been taken to compensate for the differences in extinction coefficients of the
other W m n e 'impurities'. This is particularly true of [70]fillerene because the lower
extiuchn wefiicient of [6O]fullerene, the usual impurity, means that estimates of its
mnCdlltration may be too low. There are problems too with mass spectrometry, because
the voktility of lllerenes decreases markedly with increasing cage size, and unless the
temperakrre of the probe is ramped quickly up to that at which the ions appear for the
higher fbllerenes, they may appear to be absent; their concentrationswill not in any case
be proportional to the ion intensities.
1.1 13CN M R Spctrosco~.The most reliable indicator of purity is 1% but here
there are difidties because of the differing numbers of identical carbons in a given
fUma~e.Thus for example, [7O]hllerene, having five carbon types gives ca.one-fifth of
the si@ intensity for each carbon atom compared to [6O]fillerene. Thus the presence of
[70]iUame in [6O]fullerene can go undetected unless a sufficiently long accumulation
time for the spectrum is used. The problem is of course exacerbated with the higher (and
less symmetrical) hllerenes. The shorten the accumulation time, chromium (acac)3 is
usually employed as a relaxation agent, and provided the relaxation times are sufficiently
long (a total of 6 s for relaxation plus acquisition is adequate), each hllerene will give
signals proportional to their concentrations. The chromium compound can be removed
and the pure fullerene recovered, by repeated digestion with acetone (in which the
hllercne is insoluble), and removal of the Supernatant liquid by means of a Pasteur
pipette. The chemical shifts obtained will depend slightly on the solvent used for
obtainiag the spectrum, and also on the deuteriated compound used for the lock signal.
Figures 1-3 show 13C N M R spectra for [60-Ih]-,14 [70-Lk,h]-,14 and [76-
02]Werenes.2 Figure 4 shows the spectrum for the C2v(I) isomer of [78]fUllerene,S
Figures 5 and 6 are the spectra for mixtures (differing proportions) of the C2V(I)-,
CzV@)-, and D3-isomers of [78]111erene~;~31~ lines for [76]fUllerene and traces of [60]-
and [70]fullerenes10 have been deleted for clarity in Figure 6. The proportions of the
various [78]hllerene isomers obtained are very dependent upon reactor conditions.1
Figure 7 shows the spectrum for a mixture of C2-, QV, and C3,,-isomers of
[82]flrlleiene? and Figure 8 shows two spectra for a mixture of the Dz(1V)- and &&I)
isomers of [84]f~lIerene;~~10 the latter shows how reproducible the spectra can be,
provided that the stabilities of the component isomers are similar, and are thus produced
in comparable quantitiesin different reactors.12

- - w

i47 i42 ppm i37 132

Figure 3 I3C NMR spectrum for [76-D?]fullerene(deuteriated acetone lock signal)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ~ 1 1 1 ~ 1 * ~ 1

148 146 144 142 140 138 136 134

I I II i i i i i i i Ill I I II
Ill I I I I

F i p m 5 (above) and 6 I3C NMR spectra in CS2 for mixtures (Merent proposrtions)of
[78]fullerene isomers (starred lines in Fig. 6 are half-intensity)
II .

. . I I

150 145 140 135 130

Chemical shin (p.p.m.)
Figure 7 I3C NMR specmm in CS2 for a mixture of [82]fullerene isomers

- 144 142 140 138 136 134


Figure 8 13C NMR spectra for a mixure of D2 and D2d isomers of [84]fullerenes

For fillerene adducts, 13C N M R spectra give information as to the location of

the addend. For example, in most cases, addition to [6O]fillerene takes place across the
1,Z-bond so that two resonances due to C1 and C2 appear in the sp3 region of the
spectrum. Of the 58 remaining carbons, two (C55 and C60) lie on the C, symmetry axh,
and generally give peaks between 6 146.5 and 147.5 if the addend has no plane of
symmetry orthogonal to the C, axis. If the addend has such a plane of symmetry, (e.g. in
the case of addition of a XJ3R group), then there will be one line in the sp3 region, and
twenty-seven l i e s (intensity 2) and four lines (intensity 1) in the sp2 region. If the
addend is symmetrical across both axes (e.g. in the case of addition of >cR2), then one
line (iimsity 2) in the sp3 region, and thirteen lines (intensity 4) together with three
lines of intensity 2 (C55/60; C22/32; C23/31) in the sp2 region will result. Similar
reasoning can ascertain the positions of addition to [7O]lllerene and higher fillerenes.
1.2. IR Spectroscopy. The IR spectra of [60]- and [70]Mlerenes have been
published.13,14 Due to the high symmetry of the molecule, the former (Fig. 9a) consists
of four lines only, in agreement with theoretical calculations,*5 at 527, 576.5, 1182.5,
and 1429 cm-l.13 For [7O]llIerene, the spectrum (Fig 9b) shows twelve lines at 458.2,

Figure8 Ja,b IR spectra for [60]fbllerene (above) and [70]hllerene (below)


535.5, 565.7, 578.0, 642.4, 674.2, 795.1, 1087.0, 1133.2, 1414.0, 1430.7, and 1461.0
cm-1.13 Before running IR spectra, it is important that the fullerene should be baked as
described above, otherwisebands due to occluded solvent will appear. Even thin films of
fhUerene, deposited from solvents onto KBr plates, required prolonged heating under
vacuum at 200 "C before traces of solvent are completely removed.
No IR spectra have yet been published for higher fullerenes.
1.3. Raman Spcfroscopy. Raman spectroscopy is another means of charactmising
and [70]fullerenes, though the equipment needed for accurate work (1 cm-1
resolution) is not widely available. Spectra have been obtained for both Mlerenes p i p r e
10% b)16 (6also ref 17). The vibrational frequencies for [6O]fullerene appear at 272,
429, 495, 570, 772, 1099, 1250, 1422, 1467, and 1573.5 cm-1, with minor featwes at
266, 485, 711, and 1479 cm-1. The peak at 1479 cm-1 may be due to C60O. For
[7O]lllerene, the vibrational frequencies are at 226, 252, 259, 394,410, 417,430,456,
566, 700, 736, 1061, 1180, 1221, 1226, 1294, 1423, 1465, 1509, and 1562 cm-1, with
additional very weak features at 489,520,534,547, 1329, 1348, and 1365 cm-*.
No Raman spectra have been reported yet for higher fullerenes.

Figures lOa, b Raman spectra for [60]fullerene(above) and (70]!hllerene(below)


1.4. W N S Spectroscopy.Whilst these spectra are relatively easy to 0btain,1811~ the

information is of less value as a criterion of purity. For [60]Mlerene there are sharp
bands at 213, 257, and 329 tun (with E- = 135,000, 175,000, and 51,000,
respedvdy), and weak features at cu. 500, 540, 570, 600, and 625 nm (Fig. lla).
Derivath bnner by addition across the I ,2-bond show a characteristicband at 435 m.
For [70lfWlcrene there are sharp bands at 214, 246, 331, 360, 378, and 468 nm, with
weak features at 550,600,620,645, and 665 nm (Fig. 1lb).
The W spectra have been published for [76-D2]f%ferend and for the C 2 4 )
and r>3 isomers of [78]fUereness (Figures 12a,b, and c, respectively).

3 400 800
6oo nm

Figurn 11%b WMS spectra for [a]- and [7O]fullerenes recorded in heme, inset spectra are
recorded in benzene at higher concentration

5I L

210 400 580 720 880

Wavelength (nm)

W m w h g m (nm) 1

Figures 1 2 a . b ~ WMS spectra obtained in dichlommethanefor [76-&]-,[78+,.(Ill- and

[78-Dj]fullerenes, respectively

1.5. DlfJerential Scanning Calorimetry. This is a reasonably sensitive means of

determining the purity of [60J&lIerene, and involves detecting the change in phase with
temperature as [60]lllerene changes from a single cubic lattice to disorder at around
260 K.20. Ifthe material is pure, a sharp transition line such as that shown in Figure 13
will be obtained.

210 2s.3 TIK

Figure 13 Differential scanning Calorimetry curve for [6O]fullerene. a: cooling. b: heating


1.6. X-Ray Pow& Difiaction. Pure material gives the spectrum shown in the lower
trace of Figure 14.21Impure material always shows a shoulder to the left of the left-hand
peak, aa shown in the upper trace of Figure 14.

Figure 14 X-Ray powder diffraction spectra for [60]lllerene

2. Solubility
This is a factor of particular interest to the synthetic chemist. Accurate
determination of solubilities is difficult, partly because saturated solutions are dark and
opaque, hence it is not easy to see if all the solid hllerene has dissolved. Also,a curious
feature is that the solubility passes through a maximum with increasing temperature.22
However, there is some evidence that the behaviour of (6O]lllerene in this respect
depends upon whether or not the sample has been baked free of solvent prior to carrying
out the temperaturdsolubility measurements.23 This aspect is still under investigation,
but it seems possible for example, that clustering (there is evidence that this exists in
soluti0n),2~may differ appreciably for baked- and unbaked samples. The close packing
in bakd samples could cause clusters to be solvated as such, the clusters then gradually
breaking up as the temperature of the solution is raised.
The solubilities of [60]fullerene have been determined in two studies and the
results (which are reasonably consistent) are shown in Table l.22,25 Data for

Table 1
Solub~tyof [60]fuUerene in mg/mL
Solvent Solvent
pentane 0.005,0.004 I methanol 0.000
hexane 0.043,0.040 1 ethanol 0.001
octane 0.025 I acetone 0.001
isooctane 0.026 I nitromethane 0.000
decane 0.071,0.070 I nitroethane 0.002
dodecane 0.091 I acetonitrile 0.000
tetradecane 0.126 I N-methyl-2-pyrroiidone 0.89
cyclopentane 0.0020 I dioxane 0.041
cyclohexane 0.036,O.OSl I pyridine 0.89
decalins (mix) 4.6 I tetrahydrofuran 0.000
cis-decane 2.2 I benzene 1.7, 1.44
trans-decane 1.3 I toluene 2.8,2.15
dichloromethane 0.26 I xylenes 5.2
chloroform 0.16 I mesityiene 1.5,0.997
carbon tetrachloride 0.32,0.45 I tetralin 16
trichloroethylene 1.4 I o-cresol 0.014
tetrachloroethylene 1.2 1 benzonitrile 0.4 I
dichlorodifluoroethane 0.020 1 fluorobenzene 0.59
1,1,2-trichlorofluoroethane 0.014 I chlorobenzene 7.0
1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane 5.3 1 bromobenzene 3.3
tetrahydrothiophene 0.030 I 1,Zdichlorobenzene 27
2-methylthiophene 6.8 I 1,2,4-trichiorobenzene 8.5
carbon disulphide 7.9, 5.16 1 1-methylnaphthalene 33
I dimethylnaphthalenes 36
I 1-phenylnaphtfialene 50
I 1-chloronaphthalene 51
~~ ~

Table 2
Solubility of f70Jlllerene in m g / d
Solvent Solvent
pentane 0.002 J carbon tetrachloride 0.121
hexane 0.013 I benzene 1.30
heptane 0.047 I toluene 1.406
octane 0.042 I p-xylene 3.985
decane 0.053 I mesitylene 1.472
dodecane 0.098 I 1,2-dichlorobenzene 36.2
cyclohexane 0.080 I dichloromethane 0.080
acetone 0.019 1 carbon tetrachloride 0.121
isopropanoi 0.021

[7O]fuIlem1$~ are gken in Table 2. It is evident that there is no solvent parameter

which univerdy explains the solubility of [6O]fullerene. There does seem to be an
increate k! rolubility with increase in solvent molecular size,22 but any correlation with
(say) decmndonating abiities of the solvent is lacking. Thus whilst addition of
electrowupplying aikyi groups to benzene favours solvation of the fiUerene7 the
behavim ofbromo- and chlorobenzenes is difFcult to explain.
Ona note of caution is appropriate here. There is evidence that the Werenes may
react with some solvents in a manner as yet not properly understood. For example, a
slow rdaction takes place with pyridine? and also te$rahydrohan,27 90 tests should be
carried ~ ubefore
t employing a particular solvent.
In general the solubilities of Werene derivatives are considerably greater than the
parent ibllarene, and this may reflect the greater Mculty in achieving close packing.
Some ddvatives, e.g. fluorolltaerenes are readily solubie in a wide range of polar
s o l v t ~ dMost reactions of lllerenes do not go to completion, and this solubdity
d e e n c e provides a convenient means of separatingout most of the u~eactedfullerene,
i.e. by adding (say) acetone to dissolve the derivative, and then atering from the
U N & ~ Illerene. This can greatly ease subsequent purification of the product by

3. Thermal and Oxidative Stability

The melting points of the parent lltaerenes have not been determined. However,
they are estimated to be >lo00 "C. There are as yet no reports of the melting points of
charactaid derivatives, but it is likely (polymers apart) that they will be somewhat
lower. [#]FuUerene is unstable towards high temperatures and measurable
decomposition a n be observed above a.750 OC?* but this wiU generally not be a
problem for the syntheticorganic chemist.
Decomposition is much more rapid in the presence of oxygen,29 which can be
absorbed to the extent of 4% 0 2 per [6O]fuUerene.3* Thus for example, at ca. 250 OC
oxidation to an anhydridetype species takes place which in turn is oxidised to an acid; at
high temperatures, oxidation to CO and C02 occurs.3~Oxidative degradation in the
presence of strong W li@t (discovered during chromatography on neutral alumina)32 is
very rapid and produces both the epoxid23 and water-soluble products;32 titanium
dioxide also enhanws the W-catalysed oxidative degradation of [70]fullerene.34 The
reactioa with oxygen under irradiation is accompanied by an intensification of the

normally weak ESR signal @-value of ca. 2.0) that [60]Mlerene gives rise to, indicating
that this signal (which should be absent) is due to oxygenated i r n ~ u r i t i e sThe
. ~ ~probable
involvement of ozone and epoxide intermediates32 is supported by studies of direct
ozonolysis. One of these gave derivatives showing ketone, ester, and epoxide
pr0perties.3~A second study of ozonolysis of toluene solutions of the hllerenes showed
that both [60]- and [7O]lllerenes were rapidly oxidised at all temperaturesbetween -78
and +lo0 OC,giving monoxides, dioxides (and possibly higher oxides) with [60]fUerene
reacting faster than [70]fi~Uerene.~~ A similar study of [60]-, [70]-, [76]-, 1781-, and
[MJWerenes at 23.5 OC, showed that all were degraded by ozone ([7O]lllerene the
least rapidly) but oxides derived from [76]-,. [78]-, or [M]fullerenes were not
Because both [60]- and [70]kllerenes have low-lying HOMOS, electrochemical
oxidation is quite dacult, but has been achieved. The chemically reversible oneelectron
oxidation waves (giving cation radicals with lifetimes >30 s) occur at 1.26and 1.20 v,
respectively, and for [70]fUllerene a second one-electron oxidation takes place at 1,75 v,
giving a di~ation.~*

4. Oridising Properties and Toxicity

[60]Fullerene is a potent producer of singlet oxygen39 and therefore precautions

should be taken to avoid contact with the skin. However, in this connection it should be
noted that whilst a water-soluble lllerene carboxylic acid showed biological activity-
cytoxicity and G-selective DNA cleaving ability (but only under the action of low-level
visible light)>o and that hllerenes are potentially excellent photoinduced electron-
transport moietiespl [60]hUerene has been found not to affect the proliferation of
human keratinocytes or human fibroplasts$2 indicating that its accumulation in human
cells does not result in acute toxicity
Under visible or UV irradiation in the presence of molecular oxygen, alkenes and
dienes undergo reaction with singlet oxygen if a trace of hllerene is present to give
photo-oxygenation products There is however disagreement as to the relative
effectiveness of [70]fbllerene and [60]hllerene, some worked3 finding the former to be
the more efficientcatalyst, whilst others find it to be the latter.44 Because [60]hllerene
has a low-lying LUMO, it is readily reduced and can acquire, reversibly, up to six
electrons under electrochemical conditions. The potentials at which the electrons are

added depends on the extent to which the solvent either donates electrons to the cage, or
accepts them from it.45 Thus [60]fullerene has good oxidising properties and may
oxidise d i y other materials in which it is contact. For example, it will oxidise
hydrogen eulphide to sulphur.46 Hydrogenated fillerenes are readily oxidised, but this
tendency is markedly reduced ifthey are free fiom the parent fillerene (Chap. 4), which
again points to the oxidising behaviour of the parent.

5. Mbedianeous Propertits
Some useful data for [6O]fillerene are the following:
Mean diameter, 6.83 4 outer diameter, 10.18 A; inner diameter, 3.48 A;
average C-Cdistance 1.44 A FCC (fbce-centred cubic) lattice constant 14.17 A.
Mass density, 1.72 g cm-1; molecular density, 1.44 x 1021 cm-3;; thermal
conductivity (at 300 K), 0.4 W mK-1; phase transition temperatures, 90 K, 260 K.
Binding energy per atom, 7.4 eV; electron affinity, 2.65 eV, 1st ionisation
potdid, 7.58 eV; 2nd ionisation potential, 1l.S eV; HOMO-LUMO band gap, 1.7 eV.
Rotational rate at room temperature, c4. 1 x. 1O1O s-l. Although this has
prevented a single cxystal X-ray structure being obtained for the free molecule, structures
have been obtained by using various complexes (which thereby reduce the rotational
rate), r.g. with benzene$7, ferrocene$* Sg,49 and i o d i n d t ~ l u e n e . ~ ~
[7O]Fullerene is also rotationally disordered at romm temperature.


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Chapter 4

Hydrogenated Fullerenes

Paul A. Cahill
Chemistry of Organic Materials Department
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185-0368 USA

1. Introduction
Pulletme hydrogenation yields fundamental information about the kinetics and
themdynamics of addition to these soluble, strained, aromatic molecules. Steric effects
in hydmfidlerenes are minimal, and their IH nuclei are excellent NMR probes for rapid
structutaf analyses of product mixtures. In addition, aspects of the chemistry of fuIletene
derivative8 that would only be available through extensive experimentation, if at all, have
been revealed through ab initio Hartree-Fock calculations.
This chapter is a critical review of both experimental and theoretical reports 'on
hydrogenated fullerenes and has the goal of revealing the nature of chemoselective
hydrogen addition. Many reagents have been reported to reduce fullerenes to yield
mixtures of products with stoichiometries up to at least h H 3 6 . Separations of mixtures
of C a b are often tedious even on specially designed high resolution HPLC columns.
These derivatives are typically stable toward at least brief exposure to air. Several
significant gaps in our knowledge exist, e.g., structure and energy data for C,=j0Hzn and
C70Ha isomers (n 2 3). and heats of hydrogenation for hydrofullerenes generally.

2. C&2 and c7d2

These simple hydrogenated fullerenes have been the most intensely studied
fullerene derivatives as they lend themselves to both experimental kinetic and
thermodynamic192 studies as well as to quantum chemical calculations.2-8 Hydrogen has
been observed to add 1,2 to the shorter, or double, bonds that fuse 6,6 rings and to add 1,4
to cyclohexatriene rings.

2.1 nisoretical Investigations

Both semiempirical and ab initio calculations indicate that, of the 23 possible
(exo) isomers, only 1,2-%H2 would be present at equilibrium at room temperature

Figure 1. The structure of 12-CaH2. Shaded bonds lead to the 8 unique C d 4

isomers that may result from a second H2 to a 6 6 ring fusion.

(Table 1). [Many nomenclature systems for addended fullerenes have been proposed.
The term hydrofullerene is preferred over the commonly used term fullerene hydride.
The generally accepted numbering is used throughout.f2 See Figures 1 and 2.1 No
qualitative difference between the semiempirical and ab initio results exists for CmH2,
but the isomer energy differences are striking. Semiempirical calculations require
relatively little computing power, but are unreliable for predictions of isomer energy
ordering (see below). Therefore, more expensive fully geometry optimized ab initio
H a w - F o c k (HF) calculations and 3-21G and 6-31G* basis sets (20-200 Cray Y CPU
hourdgeometry optimization) have been used to study the most interesting isomers. In
order of increasing energy, the favored addition patterns can be described as:
(1) 1.2-addition to a 6,6-ring fusion (also known as an interpentagonal bond)
(2) 1,Caddition to a 6-ring (1,4-CmH2). and
(3) 2.6-addition to a naphthalene subunit (1,16 -C&H2).


d' (4)

b' (di)
a' (I/)

Figure 2. Addition to the 1,9-, 7,B- and 21.42 carbons of C70 (shaded) lead to the
three lowest energy isomers of C7oH2.

Three conclusions can be drawn from theoretical results on the basis of excellent
agnemMlt between HF/6-31G* calculations and experiment (Table 1):
(1) the difference between the single and double bond character of the 5,6 and
6,6 ring fusions is 24 kcaYmol (HF/6-31G*), that is, all ring fusions are intermediate
between single and double bonds,
(2) the lowest energy patterns of addition to Cm are those local to one region of
the s p k e and follow from addition to double bonds located at the 6.6 ring fusions, and
relative isomer energies do not appear to correlate with the number of double bonds
localiusd by addition to 5.6 fusions, and
(3) semiempirical calculations and ab initio calculations are qualitatively, but
not quantitatively, consistent. That is, where large isomer energy differences are
observed (e.g. > 8 kcal/mol), semiempiricalcalculations reveal trends only.

Table 1. Relative energies of dihydrofullerenes at various levels of theory (kcaVmo1).

MNDO-PM33 MNDO-MI7 HF-3/21G3 HF/6-31G*3 Expt.2

1'6 18.4 26.4 24.0
c7d2 ~9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
7'8 -1.1 -1.1 0.2 1.3 1.4ffl.2
2 1.42 0.3 0.6 2.1 4.5
1.7 1.4 2.2 5.8 6.4
69 5.4 5.8
1.6 5.4 8.7
21,22 6.0 5.7

The most favorable patterns of addition to C70 are more complex than those for
CaO because of its lower symmetry which results in 143 possible C70H2 isomers. AU 143
isomers have been evaluated with semiempirical methods and were found to be minima
on the potential energy surface, but only the four lowest energy isomers were geometry
optimized with ab initio methods. In order of increasing ab initio (where known) and
then MNDO-PM3 calculated energies (Table l), the lowest energy patterns of addition to
C70 are:
(1) 1,2-addition to the 6.6-ring fusion at the poles, closely followed by
(2) 1,2-addition to the 6.6-ring fusion at mid-latitudes ("c" layer),
(3) 1,4-addition (to "d,d " not "e" layer) the 6-ring that spans the equator
(4) two 1.4-additions to the 6-ring near the poles
( 5 ) .t3-addltlon
' ' to the 6-ring at the pole, and
(6) 1,Zaddition to the ' at low-latitudes ("d" layer).
Based on the structural similarity between Ccjo and C70, patterns (1). (2) and (4) were
expected, but the three underlined findings were unanticipated. Addition to the 21,42
carbons is strongly favored and would yield products functionalimd across (not dong)
the C70 equator. This 1,4 addition to what appears to be the most aromatic part of C70
was not suggested by bond order analyses and was totally unexpected. Bond order
arguments are consistent with pattern (6) as low energy K6kulC structures place double
bonds at this unique 5,6 ring fusion. Overail, qualitative simple arguments about the
patterns of addition to C a do not carry over uniformly to C70.
Unlie for CmH2, predicted isomer energy orderings are a function of the method
applied, with MNDO methods preferring the 7.8-isomer and ab initio HF/6-31G*
methods preferring the 19-isomer. Equilibration of 7,8- and 1,9-C7oH2 has yielded a free
energy of formation difference (MG) that is in quantitative agreement only with HF/6-
31G+ calculations (Table l)? and therefore the results of such calculations are proposed

as essentially quantitative estimates of the free energy of formation differences of

hydmfullerenes. These results indicate that relative semiempirical heats of formation are
accurate to only 4-8 kcal/mol, and that such energetics may only be used with great care.
These limitations ate independent of the parameterization ( M I , PM3).
Calculated bond lengths for Cm and C70 dong with the relevant sp3-sp3 bond
lengths in and C7oH2 are listed in Table 2. The most reactive 6.6 ring fusions (1.2
bonds for & and 1,9 and 7.8 bonds for C70) are calculated and observed to be much
shorter than any of the other bonds, but as shown for C70H2. the shortest bond, i.e.. the
7,8-bond with the greatest double bond character, is not the lowest free energy C7oH2
isomer. Overall good agreement between calculated and experimentalvalues is observed
for the parent fullerenes. but crystallographic data is not yet available for the

Table 2. Calculated and measured bond lengths (A).

MNDO-PM3315 HF13-21G3 HFl6-31G*3 EXDL

c60 1.2 1.362 1.367 1.373 1.4019
19 1.457 1.453 1.449 1.458

C70 1,2(=1,5) 1.457 1.452 1.446 1.4610;1.46411

1.9 1.386 1.370 1.375 1.38; 1.37
6.7 1.453 1.447 1.442 1.45; 1.47
7.8 1.374 1.356 1.363 1.37; 1.37
7.22 1.463 1.458 1.453 1.43; 1.46
21.22 1.426 1.414 1.413 1.W. 1.47
21.40 1.412 1.403 1.406 1.42; 1.39
23.24 1.463 1.475 1.472 1.46; 1.41

C&2 SP~-SP~ 1.562 1.586 1.582

C 7 d 2 1 9 s p 3 - s ~1.565
~ 1.588 1.583
7.8 sp3-sp3 1.546 1.567 1.565

Lastly, the calculations suggest that chemistry unique to C70 remains

undiscovered. For example, products that would result from 1,4-addition to carbons 21
and 42 (spanning the C70 equatorial region) are predicted to be particularly stable, 3.1
kcaYmol more favorable than a 1.4-addition to C a . Furthermore, the isomer that would
result from 1,Zaddition to the 5.6 ring fusion (a very unfavorably pattern for Go) at
carbons 21 and 22 in C70 is not unfavorable. And finally, although the poles (&o and C70
at first appear similar. the low energy 13-addition pattern to carbons 1 and 6 of C70 is

(even at the semiempirical level) m l v 50 kcaVmol more stable than the corresponding
addition pattern to C a .

2.2 Experimental Investigations

Hydrogenation via (1) hydroboration.l,2,14115 (2) hydrozirconation)3*16 (3) zinc-
acid reduction,17 (4) high pressure hydrogenation.18 ( 5 ) heterogeneous14 and
homogeneous19 catalytic hydrogenation, (6) diimide reduction.1420 (7)hydrogen sulfide
reduction,*4 (8) transfer hydrogenation.21 (9) chromium acetate.14 (10) dissolving metal
(Birch) red~ction,22-~4 and (1 1) free radicals25 all lead to mixtures of hydrogeaated
products. Of these methods, the highest conversions and yields of C&I2 and C7& are
obtained with diimide (diazine), HN=NH.141m Detailed experimentai work on and
C70 diimide hydrogenation was published in early 1994.14
1,2-CaH2 is the major product observed from the hydroboration or diimide
reduction of Ca. The key to its structure assignment was the synthesis of CmHD by
deuterolysis of the proposed Qo(H)(BH2) intermediate. The 1H N M R s p m m of
Q H D is a triplet due to 35 coupling constant of 2.4 Hz which is consistent only with
vicinal addition. That addition occurred to a 6.6 ring fusion and not a 5.6 ring fusion was
fust proposed on the basis of calculations, and has been further supported by subsequent
results on G H 4 and other compounds. The 1H NMR chemical shift of 1,2-C&2 and
other hydrogenated fullerenes are extremely solvent sensitive (Table 3). A second w 2
product, proposed as the 1,4-isomer, is also formed in both borane and d h i d e
reductions. This product's protons resonate at a lower field (6 6.13 vs. 5.89 in C&)14
and the structure assignment has been made on the basis that this is the next higher
energy isomer. No other data is available on this compound because it either isomerizes
or decomposes on a Buckyclutcher I column.26 The pKa of 1,2-C6oH2 has been
measured by electrochemical methods to be 4.8.27
1.2-CaH2 can be isolated as a brown solid, but it does not completely redissolve
if exposed to air and light for more than a few minutes. In toluene solution at room
temperature and in the absence of Cm, the brown compound is stable indefinitely. In the
presence of C6o and light and air. C6oH2(0), apparently an epoxide, is formed.'
Furthermore, in the presence of trace active metals -- even the zinc-containing solder in
an HPLC injector is sufficient -- reversion (by an unknown mechanism) to Q occurs.
The UV-vis spectrum of this compound tails monotonically from high energy with the
exception of a small peak at 430 nm. This absorption has been proposed to be
characteristic of 1.2-addended C a derivatives.
Both 1.9 and 7,8-C70H2 are formed upon reduction of C70 by diimide 01
hydroboration. C70 is much less reactive toward hydroboration than is C6o: at O' C,
conditions that lead to smooth conversion of c60 to G o H 2 , reduction of C70 is not
observed. At room temperature, C70 is smoothly hydroborated, but under these
conditions, Q yields insoluble products as well as small amounts of 1,2-CaH2. The 1H
NMR chemical shifts (Table 3) for the C70 derivatives are near 6 4.0 ppm in toluene, 2
ppm upfield from the 6 5.93 of CmH2 in the same solvent. The large difference in
chemical shifts suggests a large pKa difference (not measured) and is consistent with the
calculations that suggest a substantial difference in chemistry between Cm and C70-
Hydroboration yields a 1.9 :7,8 product ratio of 21, wheFeas diimide reduction
yields an approximate 8 1 ratio, neither of which represent the thermodynamic ratio of
approximately 11:1. This was an early indication that additions to fullerenes are under
kinetic, not thermodynamic control. Further evidence for kinetic over thermodynamic
control has been observed for h H 4 and c6o(CRR')2.3

3. c
is a model for the chemoselectivity of multiple addition to C&o. The same
experimental and theoretical techniques that have been applied successfully to Ctj13I32and
C7oH2 have recently been applied to C&4. and as a result, the lowest energy patterns of
tetra-addition to Qo a~ now understood.15 These calculations have been extended to
Gj13(C!H2)2mwith similar results, and may also be applicable to derivatives of C70 and
higher fulferenes.

Figure 3. Alternate view of C ~ for

Q analysis of CmH46

3.I Theoretical Investigations

Ab initio methods (vide supra) clearly indicate the strong preference (7.6
kcdrnol) of 1.2- (vicinal) over 1,saddition in c60 in the absence of steric
effects.Therefore. it is reasonable to examine products resulting from 1,2 addition to two
6.6 ring fusions as was first done by Matsuzawa, et al.? with semiempirical methods.
The eight possible products are shown in Figure 3 and their relative energies at several
levels of theory are listed in Table 4. Experimentally. only C d 4 - l (1,2,3,4-C~Ha;
Figures 1 and 3) is present at equilibrium. This is in qualitative agreement with ab initio
calculations, but indicates that the semiempirical results a x again misleading.
Tabfe 3.1H NMR data for assignable isomers of C6oH2, C7oH2, C&4, and C7&.

Compoundd 6 (ppm)a "J (Hz)

1.2-CaH2 5.93 (s), 6.0313a (C7D8) 35 HD = 2.41
5.85 (s),13b ~ J H =H 15.714
(c6D6). 33 HC = 141.214
6.97 (s) (CS2)
1,4-C@H2 6-13(s) (c6D6)
7.23 (s) (CS2)
1.9C7OH2 4.00 (ABquartet) (C7D8) 3 5 = 16.1
~ ~
(VA - VB) = 204 HZ
3.97 ( v 6 )
5.08 (CSz)
7.8-C70H2 3-91 (s) (C7D8) 33 HD = 2.3 f 0.2
3.97 ( W 6 )
4.96 (CS2)
1,2.3,4-%& 5.03 (AA'BB') 35 AB = 14.1 f 0.515.14.114
c6oH4 - 1 (C7D8)l5
A8 = 300 Hz 35 BB'= 9.8 f 0.515,9.814
5.369.4.562 (c&j) 43AB' = -0.2 f o.215, -o.214
6.323.5.726 (CS 1 5J AA' = 1.7 f 0.515, 1.614
1,2,18,36-%H4' 5.36 (2H. s) (C7D8) 6J~~<0.1
c6oH4-4 5.05 (1H. AB quartet) 3 5 = 15.5~ ~
(VA - VB) = 120 HZ
1,2.55.6O-~H4 5.34 6)(c@6)
CaH4-8 6.27 (s) (CS2)
6.33 (s) (C7D@
1,5,6,9-C70H4 4.475,4.127 (AA'BB'), 3J AB = 14.25
(CS2) 3 . T u = 9.8
~ J B= B1.6
1,7.8,9-C70H4 5.414.4.618 "J = 14.3, 1.6; 15.1, 1.6;
4.417.2.283; 15.1,9.3
(ABCD). (CS2)

&Unless othexwise noted, CS2 and CgDg spectra are from Avent et a1.l4; c7D8
spectra are from references 1 and 2 (C@H2. C70H2) or 15 ( C d 4 ) .
bIn ref. 14, Table 1. this isomer was incorrectly labeled as the isomer.
T h i s isomer was probably mis-assigned;l4this compound has been isolated.'S
dother CmH4 isomers have been identified, but structures have not been

Table 4. Relative energies (kcal/mol) for CaH4-1-8. based on fully

optimized geometries at each level of theory. PM3 data from reference 6.

w 4 - n MNDO-PM3 HW3-2 1G HF/6-31G*

1= 1,2,3,44&H4 3.3 ns QAQ

2 = 1,2,7,21 3.5 6.1 6.6

3 = 1,2,16,17 2.4 8.1 8.5
4 = ns 3.2 4.0
5 = 1,2,34.35 0.2 4.1 4.9
6 = 1,2,33.50 0.4 3.5 4.2
7 = 1,2.51.52 0.6 3.9 4.8
8 = 1,2.55,60 0.5 3.9 4.8

The HF/6-31G* results, which may be accepted as chemically accurate (see

above), reveal a surprising energy pattern: a strong preference for isomer 1and against
isomers 2 and 3. The source of this pattern may be combination of geometrical effects,
i.e., local distortion of the sphere may favor local addition, and subtle electronic effects.
Isomers 4-8 are nearly equi-energetic. as might be expected because the pairs of
hydrogens m distant and probably nearly noninteracting. Steric requirements of addends
larger than hydrogen might skew the thermodynamic distribution from isomer 1to isomer
4, and may favor lP-additions (which have not been studied) over vicinal additions.

3.2 ExperimentalInvestigations
Diimide or borane reduction of Cm or %H2 leads to C&4 and higher addended
products. Q H 2 is much less reactive toward further electrophilic attack by BH3 and this
may explain the large ratio ( > l o 1) of CmH2 to Q H 4 formed in the borane reduction of
c60 at Oo C. Hydroboration does yield CaH4 from C6oH2 at room temperature.
Diimide, however, is much more convenient for larger scale preparations.14
The &H4 product mixture contains at least 6 of the 8 isomers that would be
expected from two 1.2-additions to 6.6 ring fusions.14~15 Not all of these isomers are
separable by HPLC because many either isomerize or decompose during the multiple
elutions required for separation on a Buckyclutcher I column. Furthermore, the structures
of 5 of the isomers cannot be determined solely by 1H N M R because similar AB spectra
are expected. Three products, however, isomers 1.4, and 8 can be unequivocally
assigned based on their 1H NMR spectra, although the assignment of 8 depends only on
the observation of a singlet in the NMR spectrum of the CaH4 HPLC fraction.
A mixture of CmH4 isomers have also been equilibrated over a platinum
catalyst.15 A quantitative comparison with theory is not possible because only the

1,2,3,4-isomer is present at equilibrium. Qualitatively. however. this result is consistent

only with ab initio calculations.

4. C60Hzn, n > 2
Of the more highly hydrogenated Cm derivatives, only GjoH36 (the molecule
which as the first reported derivative. signaled the beginning of fullcrene
functionalization chemistry)z2 and c&18 have been carefully studied. Unlike these
species, both the early members of the series, e.g., C&6 and C&8. and the more
highly hydrogenated products, i.e., H38 and above, are difficult to isolate in pure form.
The end member of this series, CmHm, is probably ring-opened because a closed-cage
geometry wouId be extremely strained. (Alternate Iow energy structures for an intact-
cage form of C m H a may involve endohedral C-Hbonds which may not be accessible
Computational studies of c4@6,CmH8, etc., have largely been limited to
semiempirical methods that have been shown to predict the wrong isomer energy
ordering for WQ.Unfortunately, more reliable ab initio calculations are available for
only a handful of isomers. A few low-energy structures of C&6 have been evaluated
using ab initio computational techniques by bootstrapping from 1,2,3,4-C&I4.6~15 Initial
HF/3-2 IG studies have shown that 1,2.3,4,5,6-C&6 (complete hydrogenation of a
cyclohexatriene ring, leading to a singlet in its 1H NMR) is not the lowest energy isomer
(1,2,3,4,17,18-&H6, the only other isomer examined to date. is 7.5 kcaUmol more
stable).33 Stepwise extension of this approach to C&8, etc., may yield insight into the
structure and relative heats of formation of more highly addended fullerenes.
Mixtures of isomers of the intermediately hydrogenated products have been
observed under many conditions, similar to the multiple Q3H4 products formed under
kinetically controlled conditions. The broad resonances observed by 1H NMR in the
spectra of these mixtures are consistent with the large number of possible kinetic
products. Isomerization to a thermodynamic mixture has not been reported.
Of the approximately loi3 isomers possible for C 6 0 H 3 6 . ~the ~ apparent
thermodynamic and kinetic stability of CmH36 is most intuitively explained by a
structure with T symmetry in which hydrogenation takes place so as to leave four
benzene rings intact.35 Such a structure would be consistent with the formation of
ctjoH36 in high yield under many conditions. However, alternate high symmetry
structures have also been considered (Th,s6, and D3d). and incorporate as many as two
intact arene r i n g ~ . ~ ~ Although
-~O the computational techniques applied to C60H36
isomers have not been as rigorous as those applied to the C6oH2. etc.. the results clearly
show that the T structure is likely to be the thermodynamically most favored isomer. The
most reliable calculations indicate that this structure -- the one with intuitively the
greatest stability -- is approximately 10 kcaVmol more stable than the next lower energy
isomer (S6. "LDF theory), and up to 97 kcaVmol more stable than the Th isomer (BLYP
method with double-zeta basis).37
-Hi8 and C&36 are formed in high yields under more forcing conditions than
the lower hydrogenated compounds and appear to be islands of rhermodynamic stability,

or an: at least unusually resistant to further hydrogenation.21122~41Field desorption mass

spectral data clearly demonstrates the composition of these products which are much
more &-sensitive than Gjo itself. 1H N M R spectra of these products show broad
reson- between 6 2.5 and 4.2 ppm. Dehydrogenation of these compounds yields Cfjo
and provMGs evidence that thw compounds have intact fullerene cages.
Steric effects will be important for more complex addends and will further
complicate analyses because steric effects can be much larger than the 7.6 kcal/mol
inherent energy difference that separates 1.2 and 1,4 addition patterns (Table 1). Steric
factors may contribute to product distributions in multiple additions of (Cf1502C)2C:28
or osdum tetroxide29 to 0. and to the structures of &BI$O and highly symmetrical
platinum coordination compounds.31 In all these cases the addends are too large to
support,a 1,2,3,4 addition pattern.

5. c 7 @ n~2 2
Calculations on isomers of C7oH4 and more highly hydrogenated C70 species
have ban Limited to molecular mechanics and semiempirical techniques, both of which
haw btan shown to be unreliable for addended fullerenes. especially in c a w of relatively
small tmcrgy differences. Given the favored local addition pattern for C&4. the lowest
energy isomers of C7& are likely to fall into patterns constructed from either the two
lowest energy isomers of C7@2 or from H2 addition to both poles of the molecule.
Ttris boot-strapping thought process can be extended to C7@6 and beyond, but
unlike Cm, in which 1.2 additions are favored by 7.6 kcaYmol over 1.4 additions, 1.4
additicm to the 21,42 carbons which span the C70 equator is predicted to result in products
only 4.5 kcdmol greater free energy than those observed from 1.2 addition. Steric
requimments of addends other than hydrogen will therefore be much more important in
multiple additions to C70 than to.&t Furthermore, speculations based on the established
energetics of suggest that (1) addition to one pole of C70 will not strongly affect
additian to the other pole, and (2) the lowest energy isomer of C7@4 will probably be
analogous to i.e., either 1,5,6,9-C7oH4 or 1.7,8,9-C7oH4.
Experimentally, C70H4 products analogous to 1,2,3,4-C(j& have been observed
in the QIimidereduction of C70 (Table 3).*4 Much more highly hydrogenated derivatives
of C70 have been reported.l*

6. C&Ih, m70,n 2 1
Hydrogenation of higher fullerenes has not been reported. The paradigm that the
lowest energy products of addition will result from 1,Zaddition to electron deficient
double bonds is likely to hold for these fullerenes. Hiickel calculations of n bond orders
of th- compoundsl4 are likely to be an excellent guide to 1.2-additions. but ab initio HF
calculations will be needed to gauge accurately the relative energies of the large number
of low energy isomers that may result from 1,2-. 1.4-. or other unique patterns of

7. Summary
Studies of hydrogenated fullerenes have provided fundamental insights into the
inherent reactivity and stability of addended fullerenes. Studies of these "simplest
hydrocarbon derivatives" have demonstrated that additions to fullerenes are under lrinetic
control. The most stable isomers that result from single or multiple additions to C a and
C70 indicate that the individual fullerenes have unique chemistry despite their structural

8. Acknowledgments
This work was supported under the Laboratory Directed Research and
Development (LDRD) program at Sandia National Laboratories by the U.S. Department
of Energy under contracts DE-AC04-76DP00789 and DE-AC04-94DP85000. The
assistance of co-authors of previous works: R. A. Assink, K.T. Gillen, S. J. Jacobs, C.
M. Rohlfing and especially C. C. Henderson is greatly appreciated. S. Cole, R. Milberg,
S. Mullen, C. Welch and D. R. Wheeler were significant contributors to this project. C.
Henderson's careful editing is also greatly appreciated. I also thank A. Hirsch for
providing a pre-print of his review of fullerene hydrogenation which will be published in
his m0nograph.~2Finally, I would like to thank R. Taylor for the invitation to contribute
to this volume and his careful editing.

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Chapter 5

Chemical Transformationof C40 into Water-Soluble Polyhydroorylated Fullerene


Long Y. Chiang
Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

1. Introduction
Fullerenic truncated moleculesly2 represent an intriguing new class of carbons,
which have attracted the attention of chemists interested in exploring the fbndamental
properties of these novel materials, both as molecular entities and as an anchoring base
or building blocks essential to the design of specialty chemicals and polymers. The
increasing availabiity of fiillerenes with reproducible quantity, and lower costs, has
encouraged more research and development effort targeted for potential technological
applications. In the past three years, intensive research activities have been focussed on
understandingthe distinguishing physi~al3'~ and chemical6 properties among C60, C70,
and higher fbllerenes. The molecular behavior of C6o in the solid state is important for
prediction of reliable specialty hnctions in the application of synthesized C6o-contahhg
organics and polymers. Most of the important physical phenomena observed for C6o
Werenes can be correlated to their fbndamental characteristics of molecular electronic
structure associated with highly degenerate orbitals in an Icosahedral (Ih) sy~nmetry.~
Therdore, the electronic and optical properties of c60 hllerenes and the associated
lllerides are dictated by the ground state electron population in both the triply
degenerate tiu set of molecular orbitais (LUMO) and the quintetly degenerate hu
molecular orbital set (HOMO).3 Most of the interesting solid state properties of
compounds comprised of C6o and electron-donating materials originate mainly from
their high electronegativity. The electron transfer from strong molecular or polymeric
donors to C6o gives anionic species, exhibiting superconductivity,4 semiconductivity, or
enhanced magnetic properties8 in crystalline solids.
In the case of weak organic or polymeric electron donors, the electron transfer
from donors to fullerenes can be realized by photo-initiation. The photo-induced
formation of exciplexes of the singlet excited state of C70 molecules with N,M-
diethylaniline in methylcyclohexane at room temperature was reported by The
photo-induced electron transfer from a highly conjugated conducting polymer with a


polyphenylene vinylene backbone, to C(j0 molecules was also shown to be extremely

efficient.10 These charge-transferphenomena have been adopted recently in the study of
the quantum efficiency of C60-containing polyallqflthiophene, used as a dry-cell medium
in the fabrication of Schoottky diode solar cell devices. Upon exposure of devices to
light, the photo-induced partial electron transfer from the conjugated polythiophene
backbone to c60 was effected in the thin-film matrix coated on a conducting IT0
surface. The maximum short circuit current, as a function of light intensity, was found in
a polymer composition with a 10:1 molar ratio of polyalkylthiophene unit to C60.'1
Recent developments in fullerene functionalization chemistry6 have provided
flexible synthetic routes to aid molecular design and engineering of C6o and its related
derivatives. Examples were given by the fabrication of a self-assembled monolayer
( S A M ) of covalently-bonded fullerene on (MeO)3Si(CH2)3NH2-mod&ed oxide
surfams12 or on HS(CH2)2NH2-modified gold surfaces.*3It was also demonstratedby
the tethered c60 S A M application in the coordination complexation of C6o molecules
with OsO4 and the pyridyl (ligand) terminated alkyl chain which was attached on silicone
surfaces,14 and by the synthesis of dendritic macromolecules with phenol-functionalized
fullerene.* 5 The chemical .reactivity of fullerenes derives from the fact that the stable
molecular fullerene (Cn) structure is an electronically closed-shell pseudospherical
polyhedron with (n/2 + 2) faces, of which 12 are five-membered rings and the (n/2 10)
remainder are six-membered rings. The pentagons are needed for geometric closure, and
the hexagons maximize the x-delocalization energy of these unsaturated molecules.
Therefore, to minimize the disruption of hexagonal aromaticity,the chemical reactivity of
fullerenes tends to concentrate on the olefinic moieties around the (disjoint) pentagons.
The chemical modification of these double bonds converts fbllerene molecules into their
tertiary derivatives possessig predetermined functions. Fullerene derivatives containing
versatile polar functions, such as hydroxyl, amino, ester, amide, urethane, and urea, are
advantageous intermediates for the design of advanced organic solid state materials as
shown in Figure I . In these proposed models, the attachment of desirable multiple-
hnctional segments, covalently bonded onto the fullerene shell, often increases the
solubility of products (so easing processing), and extends suitability of the three-
dimensional intermolecular interaction amongst functional groups for the design of
molecular devices. It is apparent that the C6o cage may be utilized as a molecular core to
anchor dense polymer arms, distributed in three-dimensional space, making this
macromolecufea true star polymer. Furthermore, fbllerene derivativescontaining a large

number of reactive polar fknctional groups, especially terminal hydroxyl and Smine, form
a new class of supercross-linking agents suitable for the fabrication of polymer networks
(see also Chap. IS). The high incidence of star-shape cross-linking among polymer
chains in the matrix network may alter significantly the physical and mechanical
properties of the resulting thennosettig polymer products.

A A Functlonalizedfullerene derivatives
as versatile intermediates
A -OH, -NH,, -OR, -NHR.

Advanced molecular organic Star polymers with Highly cross-linked

matOrhlS with desired fUnCti0nS attached polymer chains (p) polymer networks
( 6 )In the outer layer

Eygare 1. Synthsis of advanced organic and polymeric materids Wizing polyfunctional GO

derivativesas a basic building Mock

2. Reaction Strategy for IntroducingPolar Functions onto Fullerenes

The electron a6Nty of C6o hllerene molecules has been investigated extensively
by cyclic voltammetry.16-22 Six reversible consecutive electronic reductions can be
achieved in solution to generate a stable hexa-anionic fkllerene, C606' (ref. 22). By
contrast, oxidation waves of C6o at Eox= +I .30 V vs.Fc/Fc+ in the cyclic voltammetry
study were found to be extremely unstable in neutral organic solution at temperatures
from ambient down to -15 OC?1 indicating its inherent inactivity to multiple electronic
oxidations(see Figure 2). Only a relatively short-lived cationic C6o radical was detected
in 0.1 M (TBA)PF$tetrachloroethane solution at room temperature showing a
chemic?tlly-reversibly,onselectron oxidation wave at + I .26V vs. Fc/Fc+.23 The Metime
of this radical was estimated to be > 0.5 min. Apparently, the high electron-ionization

threshold (> 7.61 v24of neutral C a molecules greatly hindered the attempt to
generate a higher oxidation state of C60. The observed high electron aftinity of C6o
compared to its electron-donating ability leads to the prediction that this class of
materials is more susceptible to nucleophilic additionsz5 than to electrophilic additions

(Figure 2).


Electron Additions

- EQ
- Nucleophilic
Replacement Nu


M p r e 2. The synthetic strategy for GOfunctionatizationby introducing polar functiom

In fact, certain nudeophiles such as organoamines?6 and organolithium or

Grignard reagent^?^^^^ were found to be effective for nucleophilic additions on
fullerenes. The lack of detection of oxidative fullerene intermediates was presumabty due
to the low chemical stability of the resulting radical-cation. Stability of C,jo radical-oation
can be enhanced significantly in strongly acidic media. A respectable intensity of spins,
attributed to the C6o radical-cation, was detected in EPR spectroscopic studies of c60
molecules dissolved in fuming sulfuric acid (H2S04-S03)28-30 and magic acid FS03H-
. ~ ~ the resistance of C6o to electronic oxidation in organic solvents, it was
S ~ F S )Despite
found to be susceptible to the attack of certain electrophilic reagents (though radicals
m o t be &counted in many cases). Early examples of apparent electrophilic attack were
given by the halogenation of c60 yielding highly fluorinated ,3 brominated,33~34

and chlorinated35J6 derivatives, and the addition of benzene and toluene in the presence
of aluminium chloride.3'
The high reactivity of hllerenes towards attack of other electrophiles in the
presence of nucleophilic reagents, such as water or carboxylic acids under mild reaction
conditions, has been demonstrated re~ently.38~1 The observed nucleophilicity of
fullerenes in terms of their vulnerability to electrophilic additions compensates for
difficulties that have been encountered in achieving hrther hnctionalization of C a
molwuh via electronic oxidation. This enables the use of olefinic moieties of C6o as the
reactive electron-rich sites for reactions. This chemistry enriches the scope of synthetic
methodoloey for fbllerene derivatization, and provides practical routes for the
preparation of c60 derivatives with multiple polar functional groups such as hydroxyl
and wboxylate groups, leading to an enormous variety of novel fullerene derivatives.
'"his type of electrophilic approach involves the addition of strong electrophiles
acros~the oletinic moieties of fillerene molecules, forming cationic intermediates as
shown in Figure 2. These intermediates are decomposed in situ by weak nucleophiles to
afford Werene derivatives containing multiple hnctional groups. Utilization of this
synthetic skategy has been exemplified in the reaction of C6o with either a mixture of
sulfuric kid and nitric acid in aqueous solution,38~39or nitronium tetrdu0roborate4~in
ordcr to synthesize water-soluble polyhydroxylated hllerene derivatives (fullerenols, 1).
Both the acid- and the nitronium chemistry transform the instability of the resulting
cationic intermediates into highly reactive intermediates suitable for derivatization.
In the former case, these intermediates can be converted, in the presence of
water, directly into polyhydroxylated fullerene derivatives. This type of reaction is best
carried out at 85-95 "C in a solution of sulhric acid, potassium nitrate and water without
any hydrocarbon-containing reagents. Potassium nitrate was utilized as the precursor for
generating Ntric acid in situ. The resulting polyhydroxylated hllerene derivatives are
highly soluble in an aqueous acidic medium, but precipitate fiom basic media when the
pH ofthe solution higher than ca. 9.0 This unusual solubility property of hllerenols
facilitated isolation and purification of the nearly salt-free products. The lllerenols were
charaeteriaed as containing an average of 14-15 hydroxyl groups per molecule.
In the latter case, nitronium tetrafluoroborate was used as an electrophilic reagent
to activate olefinic bonds of the lllerene prior to the in situ nucleophilic addition of mild
nucleophiles, such as arene- or alkylcarboxylic acids, in a non-aqueous medium. The

hydrolysis of the ester moieties of polyhydroxyorganocarboxylated lllerene derivatives

provides an efficient route for the preparation of water-soluble lllerenols. These
fillerene derivatives were characterized as possessing an average of 13-15 hydroxyl
groups and 4-5 pbromobenzoate groups per C6o molecule. Hydrolysis of these
derivatives in aqueous alkaline solution affords the corresponding water-soluble
lllerenols having an average of 18-20 hydroxyl groups per c60 molecule.
The newly developed method for the preparation of polyhydroxylated fuUerene
derivatives involved a hydrolytic reaction of polycyclosulfated fillerene derivativeswhich
were synthesized through lIlerene cyclosulfation ~hemistry.4~ Cyclosulfation of c 6 0
was performed in neat l m h g sulfuric acid at 55-60 OC under N2.Hydrolysis o f these
derivatives by water at 85-90 "C or by aqueous NaOH at ambient temperature gave the
corresponding polyhydroxytated fuUerenes (fullerenols, 3), devoid of the hemiketal
structure 2 that is found in llterenols 1. Fullerenols 3 were found to contain an average
of 10-12 hydroxyl addends, and this can be correlated to a polycyclosulfated precursor,
containing 5-6 cyclosulfate units. Fullerenols 3 exhibit enhanced stability in acidic media
at ambient temperature, and remarkable solubility in organic solvents such as
dimethylformamide, dimethyl sulfoxide, and tetrahydrofiran.

2 (The representativehemiketal structureof fitllerenols 1)

The structure of fillerenol 1 prepared either from the aqueous acid chemistry or
from the nhronium chemistry was characterized and found to consist of several hemiketal
carbons (Z), each linked with enol-ether and incorporated as a part of the expanded
lllerene cage, in addition to the tertiary hydroxyl gr0ups.~3These particular fiuictional
moieties can be viewed as hydroxylated fullerene oxides.& Evidence for the hemiketal
structure was given by the observation of chemical shifts of vinyl ether carbons and ketal
carbons centered at S 170.3 and 100.0, respectively, in the 13C NMR spectrum of
fbllerenols 1. Conclusive verification of the presence of hemiketal knctions in fullerenols

1 was provided by the reversible interconversionof these moieties to the
ketone upon variation of pH in aqueous solution, and this is contrary to the case of
fililerenoi 3.

3. Synt&tuisof Fulleren& by the Aqueous Acid Chemistry Route

The aqueous acid chemistry route was found to be an etficient method for
introdwing multiple hydroxy groups onto fullerenes.38,39 The chemistry produces
fullerenole in a neatly quantitative yield. The synthetic study was n o d y carried out
using either pure C m or a mixture of C a (84%) and C70 (16%) in an aqueous medium
in the p-~.e of sulfuric acid and nitric acid at different temperatures. Without nitric
acid, only a low yield of Illermol-telated product was obtained. The reaction was found
to proceed most readily at temperatures between 85 and 115 "C using potassium nitrate
as the prscursor for nitric acid. It was proposed that the reaction involved an situ
generation of nirronium ion NO^+) as the eiectrophilic reagent initiating oiefimc
addition aa shown in Scheme 1. The elevated temperature is therefore necessary to etFkct
the uaUa dehydrative conversion of nitric acid to nitronium ion. Completion of r d o n
was easily determined when the reaction mixture became a clear yellowish brown
solution, indicating high solubility of polyhydroxylated hllerenols 1 in the aqueous acid
medium.After the reaction was completed, the acid solution was diluted with water and

(Fullerenols, t)I

& b e I, Electrophitic addition of nitronium ions to oleiinic moietiesof C a followed by nucleophiiic

nplaoement by H20

filtered through Celite to remove any unreacted fullerene particles. Neutralization with
NaOH to precipitate products followed. Full precipitation was achieved at pH > 9.0. The
resulting fine amorphous brown solid was moderately soluble in water and very soluble
in aqueous acids at pH < 5.0 . In general, the thorough removal of water from partidy
hydrated products in vacuum at 50 OC affords a brittle brown solid with a slightly lower
solubilii in water. However, its solubility in acidic water remains unchanged.
The product yield of this hydroxylation reaction was estimated to be greattr than
95%, with only a trace amount of starting C6o recovered. This is attributable to the
partially hydroxyl-added lllerene intermediate having a higher solubility in acidic water
than the unreacted hllerene itself Thus, the reaction tends to continue on the
intermediate until completion. The elemental analysis of samples from several batches
showed a high oxygen to carbon ratio of 0.4 to 0.5 with only a trace quantity of nitrogen
(< 0.6% by weight). Because of the high compatibility of polhydroxylated lllerene
derivatives 1 with sodium sulfate in aqueous solution, the product often contained one to
several sulfate molecules per fillerene derivative, in addition to water fiom the workup
procedure. Further purification by redissolving them in dilute hydrochloric acid (0. lN),
followed by reprecipitation after neutralization with NaOH, teduced the sodium sulfate
level to a minumum level of less than 0.1 molecule per fullerenol. Complete removal of
sodium sulfate can be achieved by repeating the above procedure or by washing the
product with dilute NaOH solution.
The IR spectrum of hllerenols clearly indicates the disappearance of the
characteristic C a peaks at 1428, 1183, 578, and 528 cm-1. A very strong hydroxyl
absorption band at 3424 cm-1 and three absorption bands centered at 1595, 1392, and
1084 cm-l are evident as shown in Figure 3a. The broad absorption band is due
presumably to the heterogenous nature of the product. Several conventional soft
ionization techniques have been used for the mass spectrometric study of fidlerenols. No
molecular ions of products were captured. For example, when the desorption electron-
capture ionization technique was used, only C6o and C70 anions were observed in the
spectrum. The fullerenol sample was dissolved in H20 and filtered through Celite prior
to measurement. Since the fbllerenes are themselves not water soluble, the presence of
C6o and C70 anions in the negative ion spectrum is apparently a result of thermal
decomposition of fullerenols occurring during the desorption process. The spectrum is
also indicative of the products being C6o derivatives.

I I I I I I I 1
4 a a o ~ 3 w o ~ 2 0 0 0 lsoo loo0 wo a n - 1
Fvrpvc 3. The IR spectra of (a) fullaenols, (b) 4, the products of reaction of Nlerenols with 5-
bromovaleryl chloride, and (c) the products of reaction of Nlerenols with 4 - b r o ~ acid
~ c

The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic ( X P S ) measurement on a hllerene film

cast fiom an aqueous solution of polyhydroxylated fullerene derivatives 1, gave mainly
Cis (58%) and Ols (35%) peaks with other binding energies for Nals (3.6%), CazP
(1.7%), SiZp (0.8%), and AIzp (1 .O%). There were no detectable peaks for Nls or SzP
binding energy in the specttum, indicating no incorporation of nitro (from nitric acid) or
sulfonyl (fiom sulfuric acid) hnctional groups in the hllerenol structure. The spectrum
also suggests contamination with small amounts of sodium hydroxide, metal oxides, and
water, resulting from the work-up procedure. Since there were no carbon-containing
chemical reagents or solvents used in the reaction, the carbon peak in the spectrum
should correspond solely to hllerene derivatives. Therefore the analysis of the carbon
peak provides an important insight into the structural nature of carbon atoms in
fbllerenol 1. Figure 4 shows the overlay of C 1 binding energy of hllerenals (curve a and
C a ( m e b), which peaks at 285.9 eV with a full width at half maximum (FHWM
width) of 1.49eV, assuming the bindmg energy of trace silicone impurities in these two
samples is identical.
The slight shift of peak position to the higher energy from the normal carbon (1 s)
binding energy at about 285 eV for hydrocarbons, reveals that these samples were
homogeneous. Interestingly a clear deviation of the C1 peak of fullerenol from that of

c60 was observed. The large shift indicates that in hllerenols, a higher percentage of
cazrbons are in a high oxidation state compared to the parent fillerene. Simplecurve-
fitting analysis of the hilerenol carbon peak (curbve c of Fig. 4) indicates the presance of
more than two different carbon oxidation states, assuming that the first peak matches
with the lower binding energy region of the experimental curve.

- 5
$ 4
298 296 294 292 290 288 286 204 282 280
Binding energy f eV
Figure 4. The x-ray photoelectron (XPS) spectrum of the Ctsbinding energy of hllerenols ( m u ) ,
Cm fuilerene (curve b), and the curve-fitting anatysis for non-oxygenatedhrllerenes
(curve c) in fuilerenols showing higher oxidation statesof &XIS in 6

With fillerenol solids of a heterogeneouscomposition, a slightly higher FWHM width of

about 1.85 ev for the peak was expected. Based upon this procedure of analysis, the
absorption with a binding energy at 286.1 eV (68%) was assigned to non-oxygenated
carbons, and the remaining absorptions (32%) to carbons with a higher oxidation state.
These higher oxidation state carbons spread over a range of about 4 eV in the spectrum,
which is too broad to account alone for mono-oxygenated carbons such as ethereal or
hydroxylated ones. It indicates the existence in the hllerenol structure of a certain
quantity of dioxygenated carbons such as carbonyl (C=O), ketal (RO-C-OR) or
hemiketal (RO-C-OH). Due to the lack of carbonyl absorption bands in the IR spectruum
of fillerenols (Fig. 3a) and the low probability of ketal formation on C ~ Q we attribute
the carbon atoms with the highest oxidation state in fidlerenols 1 to hemiketal hnctions.
One conventional chemical method for substantiating the hydroxyl fhction in
fillerenols is to esterifj with alkanoyl chlorides, and verifjl the carbonyl absorption band
in the IR spectrum of the resulting products. In this case, the reaction was performed at

85 "C either in dimethylfomamidesolution using 5-bromovaleryl chloride as reagent, or

in THP solution with 4-bromobutyric acid in the presence of carbodiimide to afford
partidy esterified lllerenols 4 and 5, respectively. Both compounds 4 and 5 show a
significsnt solubility change fkom water to organic solvents, and a clear carbonyl
absorption at 1720-1740 cm-l in the IR spectrum of the solids.45 Both elemental
analysis and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic measurement of compound 4 gave a
carbon:bromine ratio of 29, indicating an average of 2.5 5-bromovaleryl ester
substitutions per c60 molecule. The hydroxyl content of ester 4, characterized by 1H
NMR (acetone-d6), showed three groups of carbon proton peaks centered at 1.9, 2.9,
and 3.7 ppm, corresponding to protons on carbons C3 and C4, C2 (acarbon), and Cg
of the S-bromovaleryl ester group, respectively. The hydroxyl peak centered at 3.3 ppm
was verified by removal through deuterium exchange with D20.Even though three
different types of protons between 2.5 and 4.0 ppm displayed a certain degree of overlap,
a rougbly 1.2 to 1 intensity ratio of hydroxyl protons YS. combined protons at C2 and Cg
carbons was estimated from the proton integration. That corresponds to a ratio of the
number of hydroxyl groups vs. 5-bromovaleryl ester groups, of 4.8. In combination with
data obtained from the elemental. analysis, an average chemical structure for 4 was
calculated consistent with the addition of 12 hydroxyl groups and 2.5 bromovaleryl ester
goups per C6o molecule. This process of compositional analysis indicated the fUllerenols
to posse%san average of 14-15 hydroxyl addends.

600 940 1280 1620 1960 2300 2640 2980 3320 3660 4000
ml I

Fignre5. The mass spectmm of 4, obtained using the laserdemqxiontechnique and a 4-hydroxyu-
cyanocinnamic acid matrix

Partially esterified fUUerenols 4 were also investigated by matrix-assisted laser

desorption mass spectrometry using 4-hydroxy-u-cyanocinamic acid as a matrix. The

distinct peaks at m/z 720 and 840 respectively represent the c60 and C70 frasment ions
arising from laser ablation of 4. A broad unresolved distribution of ions ranging f?om d z
940 to 1900, centered at m/z 1425 was observed in Figure 5. The spectrum is comktent
with an average molecular weight for 4 since C~~(-~CO-CH~CH~CH~CH~B~)~(O 2
requires m h = 1464. The higher end o p h e ion distribution ( d z 1840-1875) represents
the upper limit of the molecular weight distribution of 4, and corresponds to 8 C6o
molecule possessing 18-20 hydroxyl groups and five 5-bromovaleryl ester group4 and
thus an initial total of 23-25hydroxyl addends per molecule.
In summary, fillerenols 1, synthesized by the aqueous acid method, have been
characterized to contain, on average, 14-15 hydroxyl addends per C6o molecult. The
chemistry has demonstrated high reactivity of lllerenes towards electrophilic attaok in a
reaction medium containing both an electrophilicreagent and a mild nucleophilic reagent.
Hypothetically the reaction involves the electrophilic addition of nitronium ion to the
olefin moieties of the Mlerene, followed by nucleophilic substitution with water to
introduce the hydroxyl groups onto the fidlerene as shown in Scheme 1.

4. Synthesis of Fullercnols by Nitroaium Ion Chemistry

The proposed electrophilic addition mechanism of nitronium ions above,
prompted an extended study utilizing the high electrophilicity of the nitronium ion for
fillerene fbnctionaiization under non-aqueous conditions.40 In this case, &ronium
tetrafluoroborate was used as a versatile reagent. Experimentally, C60, partially
dissoIved in methylene chloride (distilled from CaH2 and stored over molecular Sieved)
was allowed to react with an excess of nitronium tetratluoroborate (20 equiv) in the
presence of either an aromatic or an aliphatic carboxylic acid (20 equiv) at ambient
temperature under an atmospheric pressure of N2.Within 30 min, the brown suspension
changed to a clear yellow or reddish solution (depending upon the acid used), indicating
a fast addition of organocarboxylic acid to the lllerene After completion of reaction,
methylene chloride was removed by evaporation, and the resulting mixtures stirred in
water for 3 h to afford yellow to orange solids, which were then repeatedly washed with
both water and a mixture of diethylether and hexane to remove unreacted reagents. Most
of the reaction products exhibited good solubility in THF, acetone, and many organic
Upon treatment of nitronium tetrafluoroborate with organocarboxylic acid, the
corresponding nitronium carboxylate salt 6 was immediately formed, as shown in
Scheme 2. The initial electrophilic attack of nitronium ion on fbllerenes gave,

presumably, intermediate C~O(NO~+)X adducts 7. The subsequent nucleophilic 1,3- or

1,5-substitutionof organocarboxylates on adduct 7, followed by treatment with water,
afforded the correspondingpolyhydroxyorganocarboxylate firllerene derivatives, 8. Even
though there is evidence that C6o can form an adduct with multiple nitronium ions, the
mechanism of most addition and substitution reactions is stepwise. Surprisingly, both the
elemental analysis and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) measurement of
dexivatives 8 indicated consistently, a chemical composition of less than one nitrogen
atom per C6o molecule. The result revealed that most nitro groups in derivatives 8 have
been replaced. It is understandable that the tertiary nitro group, behaving as a good
leaving group, can easily be substitutedby nucleophiles in acidic media.
IR spectra of polyhydroxylorganocarboxylate hllerene derivatives8a or 8b (Fig.
6b), synthesized from benzoic acid or p-bromobenzoic acid, respectively, showed the
absence of the characteristic c60 peaks, but a strong broad absorption band centered at
3430-3440 cm-l, correspondingto hydroxyl moieties of 8. A carbonyl absorption band
at 1725-1730 cm-1 in 8a and 8b clearly indicates the incorporation of benzoate ester
I ! I
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4000 3500 3000 2500 2000 1So0 1000 500 Cml
Figure 6. IR spectra of (a) thty1p-bromobenzoate,(b)the products8b from the reaction of Cm with
pbromobeIlzoicacid and nitronium te.~uoroborate,and (c) fidlerenofs prepand fbm the
hydrolysis of 8b
groups. To correlate peaks in Figure 6b to the characteristic absorption bands of
benzoate moieties of Sb, a model compound, tert-butyl p-bromobenzoate was
synthesized; its IR ~pectrum4~ (shown in Fig. 6a) evidently supports the StrUcNral
characterization of Sb. Addition of hydroxyl and ester functional groups onto hUerene
carbons was also substantiatedby the 13C "MR spectrum of 8b in "IF48 (Figure 7b, 6
relative to TMS). Due to the heterogeneous molecular distribution of Sb, the spectrum
shows a weak, broad band centered at 6 82.0 and a broad peak centered at 6 149.5,
correspondingto hydroxylated (C-OH) or carboxylated C-OCO) carbons, and unrwcted
olefinic carbons of fullerenes, respectively.Thespectrum also exhibited three groups of
carbon peaks centered at 6 129.5, 133.0, and 166.0, corresponding to carbons ofp-
bromobenzoate moieties in 8b. The chemical shifts of these benzoate carbons were
compared with those in p-bromobenzoic acid (Fig. 7a). The distinct peaks at 6 128.0,
131.2, 132.2, 132.4, and 167.3 in Figure 7b are apperently derived &om the residualp-
bromobenzoic acid physically absorbed in 8b, and were utilized as internal standards for
the spectral comparison. In the expanded spectrum of Figure 7b, the chemical shifts of
ester d o n s (WO) centered 8t 6 166.0 and non-hydrogenated carbons (C1 and C4 of
the benzene ring in p-bromobenzoate ester moieties at 6 128.5-13 1 are only ca.1.O ppm
upfield- or downfield shifted &om those of the correspondingcarbons in p-bromobenzoic
acid. Moreover, the chemid shifts of hydrogenated carbons (C2, C3, Cg, and c 6 of the
benzene ring in p-bromobenzoate ester moieties) at 6 132.2 and 132 4 are identical to

lb lio tis Ib 111 14a z-7G 115 ppm

w h
200 NO 160 140 la t i 10 do ;o ;D ppn
Figure 7. 1% NMR spcaxa of (a) pbromdbcnzoic acid and (b)the lllerene derivative 8b in THF-dg
showing both hydmxylatedandp-bromobenzoatecarbon peaks

those of the corresponding carbons in p-bromobenzoic acid. The spectrum provides

direct evidencefor additions ofp-bromobenzoate on fbllerenes.
The lH NMR spectrum of 8b in THF-dg, after the complete removal of residual
p-bromobenzoicacid (Fig. 8a, 6 relative to TMS) shows a broad proton peak centered at
6 3.20 and two broad peaks centered at 6 7.72 and 8.10, corresponding to hydroxyl
protons and two adjacent protons in p-bromobenzoate moieties of 8b, respectively.
Hydroxyl protons in the spectrum were substantiatedby deuterium exchange with D20
as shown in Figures 8b and 8c (deuteriated DMF is here a better solvent for the
experiment). A downfield solvent shift (about 1 ppm) of hydroxyl proton peak position
compared to that in Figure 8a was detected. Interestingly, in DMF47, the chemical shifts
of two aromatic protons (doublets at 6 7.62 and 7.93) are well resolved, with less than

- IR b.0 S.0 1J U L4 Ppn

Figure 8. IH "MR spectra of the fbllerene derivative 8b in (a) THF-43, (b) DMF-d7, and (c) DMF-

0 1 ppm downfield shift From the corresponding protons (two sharp doublets at 6 7.56
and 7.83)in tert-butyl p-bromobenzoate. Upon treatment with D20, the broad peak of
hydroxyl protons ( G O B centered at 6 4.25 disappeared (Figure 8c) and a new sharp
peak of water protons at 6 3.90 was obtained. From the proton integration in FigUtes 8a
and 8b, the ratio between the number of hydroxyl protons and the total number of
aromatic p-bromobenzoate protons was determined as 0.65 and 0.78, respectively.
Elemental analysis of compound 8b indicated a carbon:bromine ratio of 20, which
corresponds to an average chemical composition for 8b of 4-5 p-bromobenzoate

addends par CfjO molecule Overall, this indicates in the structure of 8b, an average of
13-15 hydroxyl addends and 5 p-bromobenzoate addends per C6o molecule. Thus the
hydrolysis of 8b in aqueous alkaline solution should give the corresponding water-
solublefwiarenols 1, having an average of 18-20 hydroxyl groups per c60 molecule.
The IR spectrum of Mlerenols 1 (Fig. 6c) showed a strong broad hydroxyl
absorption band centered at 3432 cm-1 and three broad absorption bands centered at
1590, 1380, and 1045 cm-1, closely resembling those in the IR spectrum (Fig. 3a) of
lllerenols prepared by the aqueous acid chemistry. Mass spectroscopic study of 8b was
perfonntd using the fast caesium-ion bombardment [or liquid secondary ion mass
spectromq (LSIMS)] technique. A VG ZAB-T four sector instrument was used for the
positive LSIMS experiments. Prior to the FABILSIMS analysis, fullereme derivative 8b
were 6ltertd through Celite, and deposited on a matrix of (3:l) dithiothreitol and
dithioeaythritol. The matrix was bombarded by a Cs+ ion beam (35 kev). The positive
ion FABILSIMS spectrum of 8b (Figure 9) shows that the most abundant ions are
centered at m/z 720. There are many ion clusters above d. 720 separated by multiples of
16 (0),17 (OH), or 18 (OH2) mass units, providing evidence of oxygen entities in the
molecule. Ion clusters of higher fbllerenes, presumably generated by the carbon
recombmtion of fragments under the MS conditions, were observed above m/z 900.
The much lower intensity of ion fragments above nu'z 1500 indicates the fast
cleavage of p-bromobenzoate moieties upon caesium ion bombardment. However, two
groups of ion fiagments with the highest mass peak at d z 1457, or 1473 were detected,
in good agreement with the mass of an ion of a C6o derivative with 2 pbromobenzoate
and 20 hydroxyl addends (m/z 1458) or 21 hydroxyl addends (m/z 1475), respectively. A
c o e v e weight loss of 17 mass units from an ion at m/Z 1458 (A+) was observed and
gave groups of ion fragmentations centered at m/z 1441 (A+-OH), 1424 (A+-20H),
1407 (A+-30H), 1390 (A+-40H), 1373 (A+-SOH), and 1356 (A+-60H).
Interestingly,the spectrum showed a secondary band with the highest mass peak at d z
1239 indicating a fragment derived fiom the dehydration of the ion at d z 1257, which
corresponds to a C60 derivative with one p-bromobenzoate, 18 hydroxyl, and two
epoxide (&om 1,Z-diol dehydration) additions. Further sequential loss of 17 mass units
from the ion at d z 1239 (B+) was detected and gave groups of ion fragmentations
centerad at m/z 1222 @+-OH), 1205 (B+-20H), and 1188 @+-3OH) These results
provide strong evidence supporting the characterized chemical composition of 8b.


I I t E


9. The mass spechum (positive ion FAF3LSIMS) of the fullerene derivative 8b, prcparad from
pure c60. The mass of the highest ion peak in the fragmentation group is indicated. Ion
clusters of higher fullerenes, 24 amu (C2) apart, and generated presumably by the carbon
recombination of fragments under the mass spectrometryconditions, are marked by (c)

In summary, fullerene molecules exhibit high reactivity toward electrophilic

attack by the nitronium ion in the presence of nucleophilic reagents under mild reaction
conditions. the method exemplifies an alternative versatile synthetic methodology for
introducing multiple polar functions, especially hydroxyl and fbctionalized carboxylic
ester groups, onto fullerene molecules. The chemicaI composition of these fuSkrene
derivatives was characterized as having an average of 13-15 hydroxyl addends and 4-5 p-
bromobenzoate addends per C6o molecule. Hydrolysis of these derivatives in aqueous

alkaline solution gives the corresponding water-soluble fbllerenols 1, possessing an

average of 18-20 hydroxyl groups per C6o molecule.

5. Syntheris of FuUerenols by Hydrolysis of Polyeyelosulfated Fullerene Precursors

Oleum [H2S04-S03(28%)] is one of the most widely used reagents for sulfating
or sullbnating unsaturated hydrocarbons. The high reactivity of suffir trioxide towards
olefins often results in sulfonation across C=C double bonds, thus converting olefins into
a mixture of sultones and alkylsulfonic acids.47 In the presence of concentrated sulfuric
acid the direct sulfation of alkene, catalyzed by the electrophilic proton, to form a C-
OSOJH moiety, is also possible. Therefore it is reasonable to predict that the reaction of
C6o with oleum may proceed with either the sulfonation or sulfation of Werenk C-C
bonds. Experimentally, the reaction of C6o with oleum was carried out at 55-65 "C
under an inert atmosphere.Upon exposure of C6o to fuming sulfivic acid, a partially


9 Polycyclosulfated C, (x = 6-5 and y = 61)

Pyncylene moiety of Cso


Scheme 3. Synthesis of fullerenols by the hydrolysis of polycyclosulfated fullerene derivatives 9 under
mild conditions

suspended green solution was obtained immediately, indicating the existence of organic
radicals. Detection of these radicals in the EPR spectrum 28-30 provided clear evidence
of a reaction mechanism involving the electronic oxidation of C6o via initial formation of
its cation-radicals. Within 5 h of reaction, a visible change from a dark green to a brown
suspension was observed, revealing the limited stability of C6o cation-radicals in the
reaction medium. This instability enhances the reactivity of them towards addition of
suhric acid. At the end of reaction, the acid suspension was added dropwise to
anhydrous diethyl ether to precipitate polycyclosulfated fullerene products 9, as orange
soIids, as shown in Scheme 3. Hydrolysis of 9 in water at 85 "C or in aqueous & d i e
solution at ambient temperature afforded hllerenols 3 in an overall yield of cu. 80%
(from c60). The reaction proceeds with an efficient hllerene cyclosulfation followedby
partial hydrolysis, to give the corresponding hydroxy hydrogen-sulfate intermediate 11.

5. I Characterization of the Cyclosu~aticStructure in 9

The IR spectrum of 3 (Fig. 10e) displayed a strong hydroxyl absorption band at
3317 cm-1 and three additional bands at 1623,1381, and 1049 cm-* in a similar range to
those of 1 (Figs. 3a and 6c) Interestingly, both the elemental analysis and the X-ray
photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS)measurements of fbllerenol 3 gave only a low sulhr
content of less than 0.3% by weight and 0.1 % by atomic ratio. Furthermore, no
absorption in the C-S region e.g 500-700 cm-l) of the Raman spectrum of 9 was
observed. These results evidently exclude, in the structure of 9, direct bonding of sulfur
to fullerenic carbons, hence sulfonyl or sulfonic acid functional groups with C-SO2-
linkages. This narrows the possible polar hnctional moieties in 9 to the sulfate (C-
OSO2-0-) or sulfinate (C-OSO-0-) groups. Compound 9 exhibited relatively weak and
broad alkanoic hydroxyl and hydrogen-sulfatic hydroxyl absorptions centered at 2920
and 2400 cm-1, respectively in its IR spectrum (Fig. 1Oc) It showed two strong
absorptions centered at 1426 and 1233 cm-l corresponding to asymmetric RO-Sg2-OR
stretch- and symmetric RO-SO2-OR stretch bands, respectively. Both the absorption
intensities and positions of these two bands were in good agreement with those of -SOT
absorptions (1386 and 1195 cm-1) in the spectrum of diethyl sulfate, indicating
prominent sulfate (polycyclosulfate) entities in the structure of 9. The close resemblance
of the overall spectrum of 9 (Fig. 1Oc) to that of diethyl sulfate (Fig. lob) in the 500-
1500 cm-1 region, and the deviation for the spectrum of 2-hydroxyethyi hydrogen sulfate
(Fig. lOa), also provides additional support for this argument 2-Hydroxyethyl hydrogen

sulfate was synthesized from the

reaction of sulfur trioxide-DMF
complex with an excess of ethylene
glycol in MeCN at 65 "C. A weak
asymmetric, and a strong, broad
symmetric C - O s 2 0 H absorption
band of 2-hydroxyethyl hydrogen
sulfate were found to center at 1454
and 1227 cm-1, respectively (Fig.
The 1H NMR spectrum of 9
in DMF47 showed a weak and
broad peak centered at roughly8
14.5 correspondhg to acidic
protons, thus indicating
incorporationof a small amount of
hydrogen sulfate O-SO2-0H
groups as a partial structure of 9.
The 13C NMR spectrum of 9 in
D W - 4 (Fig. 1Ic) exhibited a
broad peak centered at 6 148.0and
weak broad peaks between 670.0-
80.0 corresponding to olefinic
carbons and mono-oxygenated
carbons, respectively. The spectrum
was nearly reproduciblefor
fullereno13in the same solvent, as
showing a slight shift of
hydroxylated carbon peaks to 6 70-
l l l l l
Y I 85 (Fig. 1Id). The lack of carbon
4ooQ3wQ3000zYJo2000 lsoo 1wo sOoan-1
Figure 10. IR spectra of (a) 2-hydroxyethyl hydrogen sulfate; peaks in the re@on Of 160-175,
0 diethy1 mhw, (c) polycyclosulfated CfjO deriv. 9; (d) correspondingto the chemical shift
partially hydrolyzed plycyclosulfatcd c60 deriv. 11; (e.0
fidlerenols prepared at 85 "C in H$) or NaOH&O, Of ether in spectra
respectively; (g) 10 fromthe reaction of 3 with H2SO4-SO3 1 Ic and 1Id strongly suggested the

exclusion of hemiketal functional moieties 2 in fuflerenol 3. That differentiates the

chemical structures of fullerenols 3 and 1. As expected, the simple polyhydroxylated
lllerene structure of 3 showed a sole strong peak at 6 4.85, corresponding to hydroxyl.
protons in the l H NMR spectrum (Fig. Ila). These were substantiated by deuterium
exchange with D20 as shown in Fig. 1 lb, whereupon the hydroxyl proton peaks (C-OH)
disappeared and were replaced by a new sharp peak of water protons at 6 4.0.


c . . , . . . . + . . . , . . . . , . . . . , . . . . , . . . . , . . . . , . . . . , . . . . ~ . . . . ~ .. - , . . . . a
12.0 11.0 10.0 4.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 20 1.0
0.0 ppm

220 Zoo 180 160 $40 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 pprn

220 zoo 180 160 140 120 loo 80 60 sb io o pprn

FLpre 11. The lH NMR spectrum of (a) fullerenols (3). derived from the hydrolysis of
plycyclosulfated C60,in DMF-dy, (b) the solution (a) treated with 90,showing
disappearance of the peak at 6 4.85 due to the deuterium exchange of hydroxyl protons,
(c) the I3C NMR spectrum of plysulfated c60 derivatives 9 and (d) fullerenols 3

Polycyclosulfated C6o derivatives 9 readily underwent partial hydrolysis in wet diethyl

ether solution in the presence of residual acids to afford the corresponding hydroxyl
hydrogen sulfated derivative 11. To minimize the hydrolysis of fbllerenic cyclosulfate,
complete removal of residual acids and the use of vigorously dried solvent in the
isolation and purification procedure under an inert atmosphere was necessary.
Predictably, the IR spectrum of partially hydrolyzed derivatives 11 (Fig. 10d) showed a
sharp decrease of the RO-SQ2-OR absorption band at 1426 cm-l. To further
substantiate and differentiate the characteristicIR absorptions of the fbllerenic hydroxyl
hydrogen sulfate from that of the lllerenic diakyl sulfate, fillereno1 3 was allowed to
react with H2S0&303 or SO3-DMF complex at ambient temperature to afford
polyhydroxy hydrogen sulfated fullerene derivatives 10 as shown in Scheme 3.
Compound 10 gave an IR spectrum (Fig. lob) with absorption bands relatively close to
those of 11, showing a strong symmetric O-Xl2-OH absorption at 1225 cm-l and a
weak asymmetric O-Sp2-OH absorption at 1413 cm-l. That confums the hydrogen
sulfate moieties in the structure of 11.
The sulfur (S2p) peaks with a maximum absorption centered at the binding
energy of 169.8and 169.9eV in the XPS spectrum of 9 and 10, respectively, agreed well
with that of the s&r fiurction in diethyl sulfate (169.4 eV). The data firther proved that
the sulfur atoms in 9 and 10 are in the same oxidation state as that of sulfur in diethyl
sulfate. By utilizing the two resolved S2p peaks of diethyl sulfate (Fig. 12bl) obtained
from the curve-fittinganalysis as a reference, two sets of sulfbr peaks (S1 and S2) could
be fitted into the experimental S2,, absorption band of compound 9 as depicted in Fig.
12b2. These two sets of sulfur peaks S1 and S2, corresponding to the absorption of
different sulfbr atoms in d i m 1 sulfate and hydrogen sulfate fbnction, respectively,
showed an intensity ratio of roughly 4:l This indicated a much higher content of
cyclosulthtemoieties than hydrogen sulfate moieties in the structure of 9, consistent with
the IR data. Both the positive and negative ion mass spectra [liquid secondary ion mass
spectrometry (LSIMS) technique] of polyhydroxy hydrogen sulfated C6o derivatives,
casted from DMF solution, showed a maximum relative peak intensity at m/z 721 and
720, respectively, correspondingto c60 ion fragmentation. Interestingly, it was followed
by groups with a consecutive weight increase of mostly 16, 18, or 32 mass units apart,
Corresponding to the gain of an oxygen atom, a water molecule, or a sulfur atom to the
preceding ion fiagrnent. This observation agress well with the structure of partially
hydroyzed polycyclosulfated C6o derivatives. The highest detectable mass peak in the

fragmentation group was found at m/z 1129 and 1056 in positive and negative ion FAl3
mass spectra, respectively.

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Binding Energy (eV)

Figurn 12. The X-ray photoelectron (XPS spectrum of the SzP binding energy of (a) polycyclorulrated
fullerene derivatives9 (solid curve), Et2SO4 (dottedw e ) , and partially hydrogen sulfated
fullereno1 derivatives 10 (dashed curve); (bl) Et2S04; (b2) polycyclosulfated hllerene
derivatives 9. In Figures bl and b2, the curve-fittinganalysis (dottedlines is indicated inside
the experimental curves (solid lines). The binding energy in the spectra is not calibnted

5.2 Determination of the H y & q l Content in Fullereno1 3 by XPS

Addition of oxygen-containing functions onto fullerenes to create carboaoxygen
covalent bondings can be validated readily by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic
measurements. Both compounds 9 and fillerenol 3 showed a similar peak profile of
carbon absorptions. Absorptions with a binding energy higher than 285.5 eV,
corresponding to oxygenated carbons, were well separated fiom that of the non-
oxygenated carbons, thereby allowing a reasonably accurate curve-fitting analysis of the
carbon peak (Fig. 13). Since the reaction involved no hydrocarbon-containing reagent or
solvents, the carbon peak in the spectrum should correspond solely to the absorption of
carbon elements in the fillerene derivatives. The analysis of carbon peaks therefore

provides insight into the structural nature of 3 and 9, and allows a fair determination of
the average number of hydroxyl addends on each hlierene molecule. In the analysis it
was assumed that the first fitted carbon peak matches hlly with the lower binding energy
region ofthe experimentalcurve, and then the second carbon peak was inserted to fit the
rest of the absorptions in the higher binding energy region. As a result, the spectrum in
Figure 138 for the cyclosulfated derivative 9 fitted in good agreement with a strong
absorption band of Cis bindmg energy, corresponding to the non-oxygenated carbons
(C-C), 04Iltered at 284.2 eV (76.6%) with a 111 width at half maximum (FWHM width)
of 1.6 eV, and the second absorption band, correspondingto mono-oxygenated carbons
(GO), centered at 286.3 eV (19.4%) with a FWHMwidth of 2.0 eV.
10 : : : : : : : . . : : : : : :-

w 6
B 4

294 282 290 268 286 264 282 280

296 294 282 190 286 286 264 262 260
Blnding Energy (eV)
Fipn 13. The X-ray photoelectron (nS) specrnun of the ClSbinding energy of (a) polycyclosulfated
iblkrene derivatives9; (b)Mlerenols 3; (c) partially esteritled trinuoracety~lerenol
derivatives 12. The we-fitting analysis is indicated inside the experimental curves

With solid hllerenols of heterogeneous composition, a slightly larger FWHM

width of 1.6-2.0 eV was expected, compared to 2.1 eV above. The atomic ratio between
non-oxygenated carbons vs. mono-oxygenated carbons was thus 48 : 12 indicating that
12 carbonsbear oxygen in the polysulfated C(j0 derivative9. The spectrum of hllerenols
3 in Fig. 13b showed a non-oxygenated carbon band, and a mono-oxygenated carbon

band centered at 284.2 (74.6%) and 286.1 (20.2%)) with a FWHM width of 1.6 eV and
1.9 eV, respectively.
The atomic ratio between non-oxygenated carbons of 3 was found to be 47 : 13,
similar to that of 9. Further esterificationof 3,using trifluoroacetic anhydride as reagent,
afforded fbllerenol trifluoroacetates 12. The XPS data of 12 (Fig. 13c) showed a clear
four-band spectrum, with binding energy maxima centered at 284.2 (68.7%, FWHM of
1.7 eV), 286.3 (19.9%,FWHM of 1.9 ev), 288.8 eV (67.7%, FWHM of 2.4 eV, ester
carbons), and 292.0 (3.7%, FWHM of 1.7 eV, fluorinated carbons). The atomic ratio of
non-oxygenated carbons : mono-oxygenated carbons : fluorinated carbons of 12 is thus
47 : 13 : 2.5, which agrees reasonably with a partially esterifed fbllerenol structure
containing nine hydroxyl and three trifluoroacetoxy groups on average. The results
consistently support an average structure of fhllerenols 3 having a maximum of twelve
hydroxyl addends. In combination with the data obtained from elemental analysis and
spectroscopic measurements, it was conciuded that the structure of 9 can be described as
a poIysulfated hllerene derivative, containing a maximum of 5-6 cyclosulfate units.
Partial hydrolysis of 9 readiiy occurred during the work-up procedure to give chemical
characteristicsof hydroxyl and hydrogen sulfate functions.
Since the hydrogen sulfate moieties of the partially hydrolyzed compound 11
contains acidic protons, 11 was complexed with an excess of p-dimethylaminopyridine
@MAP) in DMF solution. Elemental analysis of the precipitated 11-DMAP adduct
revealed a C:S:N ratio of 39:1:2 corresponding to 1.9 DMAP units per C6o molecule.
The 1H NMR spectrum of the adduct in DMSOd6-DMFd7 solution (dried over
molecular sieves) showed distinguishable peaks at 6 8.13, 6.62, 3.34, and 2.98,
corresponding to the aromatic a- and J3-protons, hydroxyl, and methyl protons,
respectively. The hydroxyl peak was fbrther identified by deuterium exchange with D20.
From the integration ratio between aromatic and hydroxyl protons, more than 10
hydroxyl groups were estimated to be in the 11-DMAP adduct. These results also
support the above structural assignment of fhllerenol3.

5.3 Thermal Analysis of Polycyclosu&zied Derivatives 9

The quantity of sulfate moieties per c60 molecule and .their chemical
characteristics were hrther confirmed by a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)-mass
spectrometry study. In the TGA-MS spectrum of polycyclosulfated derivatives 9 (Fig.
14), a clear desorption (4% weight loss) of the physically absorbed water molecules

below 180 "C was detected. It was followed by a strong aand sharp thermal evolution of
SO2 molecules at an onset temperature of 187 "C that extended to a maximum at
245 "C. The observed SO2 evolution fiom thermal treatment of compound 9 confirmed
the presence of cyclic sulfate 0-SO2-0- entities, cleavage of S - 0 bonds evidently
occuring. Other gases evolved in this temperature range included CO and CO2; the latter
may rev& the occurrence of structural rearrangement of radical intermediates in
conjunctionwith the SO2 elimination. Since the intensity of C 0 2 was significantly lower
than that of SO2 aand the intensity of CO was trivial, the major portion of material
weight loss (28%) at temperatures between 190 "C and 3 10 OC can be correlated to the
quantity of SO2 molecules eliminated. That allowed an estimate of slightly less than six
cyclosu&tc units per C6o molecule in 9,consistent with the X P S data.

0 100 200 300 400 500 600

Temperature ( O C )
Figure 14. TOA II~&FSspectrascopic data showing the percentage weight change (TG), differential
weight change (DTG), and the intensity of SO, evolved upon heating the polycyclosulfated
derivative9 at a rate of 6 "C/min

5.4 Considerationof the Reaction Mechanismfor Cycbsurfonation

One plausible reaction mechanism involves the attack of sulfur trioxide on the
hexagon moiety of C6o forming the 1,2(u) or 1,4(b)-sultone derivative 13, as
unsaturated hydrocarbons do normally in reaction with SO3. Hydrolysis of compound 13
should then give hydroxysulfonic acid 14, containing a covalent C-S bond. Therefore, the
lack of detection of sulfur atoms in both the elemental analysis and X P S measurements of
the hydrolyzed products led to the conclusion that treatment of C6o with &sOq-s03

13 L4
%heme 4. Exclusion of cfjosultonation in the reactionof fullerenes with fuming sulfuric acid

did not lead to formation of sultone 13, as shown in Scheme 4. Rather, the primary
fbnction of sulhr trioxide molecules in this case is to promote one-electron oxidation of
hllerene molecules, forming a C6o cation-radical, as depicted in Scheme 5.
Trapping of the c60 cation 15 by anionic HSO4- or HS2O7- pISOq'(SO3)]
species affords the corresponding hydrogen sulphated C6o radical 16. Since the open
allylic carbocationic C6o radicals 15 are prone to rearrange, the formation of various
isomeric products is feasible. Further electron oxidation of the radical intermediate 16
yields the corresponding cationic hydrogen-sulfated c60, 17. Intramolecular cyclition
of intermediate 17 via the elimination of one proton produces the desired product of 1,2-
or 1,4-cycIosulfated C6o derivatives 9.
Unlike organic sulfonates which exhibit remarkable hydrolytic stability even after
prolonged heating, cyclosulfated C6o derivatives 9 with a -C-OSOz- linkage are readily
susceptible towards acid hydrolysis. It is noteworthy that the hydroysis rate for cyclic
sulfates can be 20 times as fast as that of open-chain dialkyl sulfates.49 Hydrolysis
proceeds mainly by the C-0 bond cleavage via the attack of water molecules at the
conjugated P-carbon, as depicted in Scheme 3, to yield fkllerenols 3 as the final product.
In summary, the novel cyclosulfation chemistry for the functionalization of
fbllerenemolecules, resulting in the DMF-soluble polycyclosulfated fkllerene derivatives
9, has been demonstrated.42 The cyclosulfation reaction of c60 was performed in neat
fuming sulfixric acid at 55-65 OC under N2. Hydrolysis of 9 either in the presence of

/ \
Electronic Oxidation

(Corannulene Cation Radlcal)

- - e-

s I7
Scheme 5. Hypothetical c60 cyclosulfationreaction mechanism involving stepwise electronic

water at 85-90 "C or in aqueous NaOH solution at ambient temperature gave a high yield
of polyhydroxylated fbllerene 3, containing no hemiketal structure. The facile hydrolysis
of the cyclosulfated C60, 9, or the hydrogen-sulfated C6o during the purification
procedure often prevented accurate quantitative determination of sulfhr atoms. The
functional characteristics and quantity of sulfate moieties per C6o molecule in
polycyclosulfated fillerene precursors 9 and the structure of fbllerenols 3 were
determined mainly through analysis of the TGA-mass spectrum, and of two absorption
bands, correspondingto the binding energy of sulfbr (Szp) and carbon (C 1s), in the X P S
spectrum. The XPS spectrum was used to determine the oxidation state of sulfbr and the
quantity of carbons possessing a higher oxidation state than that of the unreacted
lllerenic carbons. As a result, an average of 10 to 12 hydroxyl addends in the structure
of lllereno13 was correlated to the structure of polycyclosulfated fullerene 9 containing
5 to 6 cyclosulfate units. Mechanistically the cyclosulfation reaction is apparently
initiated by a one-electron oxidation of C6o molecules, followed by the attack of anionic
sulfate species on the resulting c60 cation-radical intermediates, to give the
corresponding hydrogen-sulfated C6o radicals. Further electron oxidation and

intramolecular cyclization of this hydrogen-sulfated c60 yielded the desired

polycyclosulfated C6o products. Fullerenols 3, consisting of a simple chemical
composition of 60 carbons and multiple hydroxyl groups, are significantly different from
hllerenols 1. Interestingly, if the hydrolysis of 9 was carried out in aqueous NaOH
solution at higher temperature of 85-90 "C, the derived fullerenol products gave an IR
spectrum (Fig. 100 closely resembling fbllerenols 1 (Fig. 6c). A secondary reaction,
other than simple hydrolysis, probably occurs under alkaline conditions at elevated

6. Synthesis of Fullerenols from Hydroborated Fullerene Derivatives

Most of the chemistry described in this section is based upon the work af the
Sussex gr0~p.50
The hydroboration reaction has been studied as a part of C6o fbnctionaLization
with the object of obtaining multiple additions to fullerenes. When hydroboration was
carried out with 2 equivalents of BH3 in THF followed by decomposition with acetic
acid, a hydrogenated product, C6OH2, was obtained.51 However, the use of an excess
quantity of BH3 in THF in a similar reaction gave polyhydroxylated fullerene products
instead of polyhydrogenated ones.50 The implication is that C-H bonds on the fullerene
cage are readily oxidized to C-OH bonds. Experimentally, an excess of 1M BHyTHF
complex was added to a solution of fullerene dissolved in dry toluene. A rapid colour
change from magenta to brown occurred. During 2-3 h of stimng, the reaction mixture
became increasingly brown due to precipitation of a solid, leaving the supernatant
toluene colourless. The solid precipitates were assumed to be the c6O@H2)n.
Intermediates with more than one hllerene C6o molecule attached to a single boron
were reasonably excluded on the grounds of steric hindrance.
The IR spectrum of a portion of the intermediate, removed by filtration and
recorded after only brief contact with air, showed a strong absorption at 3212 cm-I
(superimposed upon a broader band at higher wave number), an intense broad band at
1451 cm-l, and less intense bands at 1197 cm-l (sharp) and 831 cm-l (broad). Only a
very weak C-H stretching band at 2956 cm-* is evident. This band disappeared after
prolonged standing of the sample in air, the other bands remaining effectively unaltered.
Since phenylboric acid (benzeneboronic acid) showed intense broad bands at 3275 and
1360 cm -1 (the latter due to B-0 stretchsz), the results suggest that the intermediate is
of the form C~O(OH)B(OH)~, arising from oxygen insertions. This chemistly may be

correlated to the allylic oxidation of C-H bonds, catalyzed by singlet oxygen,53 of which
lllerene molecules are potent producers.54 The intermediate was then reacted with a
solution ofhydrogen peroxide followed by sodium hydroxide. The resulting mixture was
stirred for 3h and allowed to settle overnight. The toluene layer was removed to leave a
yellow-orange aqueous layer, together with a brown precipitate, which was separated by
filtration. The precipitate gave IR absorption bands at 3430, 1631, 1385, cu. 1090, aand
450-550 cm-I as shown in Figure 15, and these are commensurate with those of
lllerenol 1 and 3. The relative band intensities at 1632, 1385, and 1090 cm-* were
somewhat batch-dependent, but the similarity to the spectra shown in Figs. 3a and 6c is
most strilring. Other notable features include the absence of stretching bands.

4000 3000 2000 1500 1000 500

Figure 15. The IR specirm of the reaction product resultingfrom treating c i ; with
~ an excess of
diborane followed by H202/NaOH

A slight variation of reaction conditions was used for the synthesis of

polyhydroxylated lllerene derivatives. For example, C6o in toluene was allowed to
react with 30 equiv. of BHyTHF for 19 h with stirring, followed by hydrolysis of
redting mixtures by acetic acid for 3 h to afford products showing very strong -OH
bands with only very weak -CH stretching bands in the IR spectrum. The IR spectrum of
the residual solid that had been washed with dichloromethane and toluene was virtually
identical to that in Figure 6c of hllerenols 3. In order to confirm the presence of
hydroxyl groups, the esterification method was adopted by reacting the hydrolyzed
hydroboration products with benzoyl chloride in the presence of triethylamine in
dichloromethane. The isolated ester derivatives gave IR bands at cu 1730 cm-1
correspondingto the absorption of carbonyl (C=O) and 1600 cm-1,typical of benzoates.

The spectrum also showed a peak at 1788 cm-l which disappeared slowly upon heating
under vacuum. Therefore, this peak was believed to arise from acid chloride trapped in
the lattice of the fbllerene derivative. The heated materials gave a multiplet in the l H
NMR spectrum at 6 162.3, corresponding to the chemical shift of ester carbons. These
spectroscopicdate confirmed benzoate formation in the reaction.
Further experients were carried out in order to confirm the reactive role of
oxygen during hydroboration of fbllerenes. Two runs were performed in parallel, using
an excess of BH3-THF: one under nitrogen, the other in air. Only a small amount of
precipitate was obtained in the reaction carried out under nitrogen. The products of both
reactions were quenched with acetic acid, followed by sequential washing with water and
sodium carbonate. The isolated products from the reaction carried out in air showed an
IR spectrum similar to those of hllerenols. However, the IR spectrum of products
synthesized from the reaction carried out under nitrogen was quite different, and showed
the expected strong C-H stretching bands. These results substantiated the contribution of
oxygen in the reaction mechanism of C6o hydroboration, leading to the formation of
polyhydroxylated fbllerene derivatives.

7. Structural Differences in Fullerenols Prepared by Different Methods

Fullerenols synthesized by different methods exhibit variations in the number of
hydroxyl addends, and the cage structure. The most significant feature, the incorporation
of the hemiketal functional moieties in the structure of fullerenol 1 as well as hydroxyl
groups, has been studied extensively 43 In the X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopic
(XPS) study of fbllerenols 1, analysis of the C i s binding energy peak in the spectrum
(Fig. 4) showed a large absorption deviation from that of C6o fbllerene, indicating both a
high percentage of carbons in a higher oxidation state than parent fbllerene carbons, and
carbons in a higher oxidation state than mono-oxygenated carbons. These latter spread
over a range of more than 4 eV in the spectrum, which is too broad to be caused only by
mono-oxygenated (e.g ethereal or hydroxylated) carbons, and indicated di-oxygenated
carbons in the structure Curve-fitting analysis of the fullerenol peak fitted reasonably
with three different oxidation states of carbon, assuming that the peak separation
between each oxidation state has a similar range of 1 8 eV In Fig 4 the fitted peaks with
a binding energy of 286 1 eV (68%) were assigned to non-oxygenated carbons, 287.9 eV
(23%) to mono-oxygenated e.g ethereal or hydroxylated carbons, and 289 7 (YA)to di-
oxygenated carbons such as carbonyl (C=O), ketal (RO-C-OR), or hemiketal

(RO-C-OH). Since the lR spectrum of hllerenols contain no carbonyl absorption bands,

carbon atoms with the highest oxidation state were attributed to hemiketal carbons. Even
though this arbitrary curve-fitting provides no absolute quantity of carbons in different
oxidation states, it provided a valuable estimate of the average number of hydroxyl
addends (14-16, consistent with that obtained from the chemical method), and
approximately 6-7 hemiketal moieties, per fbllerene molecule. The chemical method
determines the number of hydroxyl groups per kfferene molecule, &om the proton
integration ratio of hydroxyl protons : predefined ester C-H protons in the 1H NMR
spectnun of partistty estetified fidierenol derivatives.
Solid state *%XMR study of hllerenols 1, using the cross polarizatiodmagic
angle Spinning (CP/MAS) technique, was performed at different spinning speeds of 3.8
lcHz and 3.0kHz as shown in Figures 16a and 16b, respectively.Both spectra showed

I " " l ' " ' I " " l " " 1 " " 1 ' " ' 1 '
250 200 150 1W 50 0 -50 ppm

Figure 16. The I3C NMR spectrum of fulierenols1 obtained using: (a) solid-state CPlMAS at 3.8 Wiz
spinning speed,@) solid-state C P M S at 3.0 kHz spinning speed, and (c) in QO s1ution

three distinct carbon peaks with chemical shifts centered at roughly 6 80, 140, and 170-
180, and one weak carbon peak centered at 6 103.2. These spectra were reproduced in
D20 solution, showing two major bands with chemical shifts centered at 6 79.0 and
140.3, corresponding to hydroxylated carbons (C,) and unreacted olefinic carbon,
respectively, Due to the lack of carbonyl absorptions in the IR spectrum of fidlerenols
(Fig. 3a), which excluded ester or related enctions in 1, the third downfield band at 6
170.3 was assigned to the vinyl ether carbons (C,). The fourth weak band centered at 6
100.0 corresponds clearly to di-oxygenated carbons such as ketal (RO-C-OR) or
hemiketal (RO-C-OH) carbons. From the low probability of ketal formation on C6o it is
suggested that the di-oxygenated carbons in fillerenols 1 arise from hemiketal fbnction.
These spectra thus provide consistent evidence to support the structural characterization
of fullerenolsin terms of the presence of hemiketal functions with vinyl ether linkages.



10 150 290 430 rn no 850

Temperature (OC)
heating rate :6oC / min

Figure 17. TGA-mass spectroscopicdata of Illerenois 1, showing the percentage weight change (TG),
differential weight change (DTG), and the intensity of H20,C0,aand C02 gases evolved
upon heating at a rate of 6 "Urnin

A TGA-mass spectrocopic study of fkllerenol 1 was used to detect the thermal

evolution of H20, CO, and C 0 2 In this case, thermal cleavage of mono-oxygenated

carbons is the main source of CO whereas the thermal cleavage of di-oxygenated carbons
leads to &a release of C02. As shown in Figure 17, the physically absorbed I420 (6% by
weight) can be e l i t e d below 200 OC. The subsequent evolution of water due to the
dehydration of polyol moieties of 1 was observed between 280 and 430 "C, indicating
the polyhydroxy nature of fullerenol. This chemical dehydration process corresponds to a
weight less of 8%. The thermal elimination of CO and C02 occurred in two stages
start& &om 450 OC with C02 as the major gas detected, and giving a combined weight
loss of 19%. For C02 evolution, peak maxima occurred at 555 and 700 "C, with much
higher evolution at the first stage. By contrast, the intensity of CO evolution was
relatively weak with peak maxima at 575 and 695 "C.
In a TGA-FTIR study of fillerenol 1 (Fig. 18), the intensity of the C02
absorption band in the IR increased to a maximum at 605 OC, whilst the onset
temperature for the detection of the CO absorption band was 650 OC with a peak

Ecn 5
ss a G


mOO lam 1;m I*

no0 r*m noo 1 mrouconm,

Figure 18. "he TGA-IWR measurement of fullerenols 1, showing the temperaturedependent weight
loss and IR absorptionbands of H20, C02,and CO evolved upon heat treatment at a rate of
6 OC/min

maximum at 735 O C . The weight loss of fullerenol in the sample used for this experiment
was 14% and 27.5%, respectively, for chemical dehydration, and thermal loss of C 0 2
and CO. Figure 18 shows that the C 0 2 absorption band was detected in the IR
spectrum at a temperature as low as 175 "C. Since the thermal evolution of C02 from
the structural skeleton of fullereno1 involves cleavage of several sigma-bonds, it would be
expected that a temperature higher than 400 "C would be necessary to accomplish the
process. A conceivable explanation for the elimination of C 0 2 at low temperatures
involves a bond-cleavage initiation via the chemical dehydration of polyols, in
conjunction with thermal lability of the hemiketal structure.

1 (hemlketal moieties)
{*} Y
\ /

Scheme 6. Mechanisms for acid-catalysedrearrangements in fullerenols

An established chemical method for substantiating a hemiketal function is to

convert the hemiketal to the corresponding ketone, by treatment with acid. This
transformation can be readily detected through observation of the carbonyl absorption in
the IR spectrum of the resulting ketone. However, the reaction of fullerenols containing

vic-diols with acid can potentially be complicated by the Pinacol rearrangement, whereby
tertiary uic-diol moieties of 1 are transformed into the corresponding ketone 19, as
shown in Scheme 6. Differentiation between the hemiketal-ketone equilibriation, and the
Pinacol rearrangement of vic-diol under acidic conditions can be made through
examination of the full reversibility of the former interconversion, leading conceivably to
the formation of several different hydroxyketone moieties, represented as the partial
structure 21 in Scheme 6. Not only is the Pinacol rearrangement irreversible, but in the
present case it requires both cleavage and formation of carbon-carbon bonds in the
protonated structure of 18 to afford ketone f9 (which contains highfy strained tetracyclic
5,5,6,6-mmbered rings sharing a common carbon atom).
Fullcrenols with multiple tertiary hydroxyl groups were indeed found to be
sensitive to certain acid conditions (aqueous hydrochloric acid, or HBFq-Et20 in
methand). For example, lllerenol 1 was treated with dilute aqueous HCI (0.4 M) at
80 "C for 5-16 h. Suspended brown solids were slowly formed fiom an initially dark
brown solution. At the end of reaction, solids 2la were collected by centrifugation,and

Figure 19. The IR spectrum of: (a) fullerenols 1; (b,c) water-soluble products 21b and solid precipitates
tla from the reaction of fullerenols with &I. HCl(0.4 M ) at 80 "C;(d) recovered fullerenols
from the treatment of 21a and 21b with aqueous NaOH

the remaining solution was dried in vaccum at 50 "C to give solid products 21b. W
spectra of both 21a and 21b showed a new pronounced carbonyl absorption band at
1722 cm-1 and the retention of five characteristic hllerenol absorptions at 3424, 1595,
1392, 1084, and 593 cm-1, the intensities differing fiom that of the initial hllerenol (Fig.
19a). The observed carbonyl absorption confirmed the ketone presence in 21. The
spectra indicated that the chemical structures of 21a and 21b are related to each other,
presumably in having a different degree of hemiketal to ketone conversion. The driving
force for this facile acid-catalyzed conversion is the stabilization, by an oxygen atom, of a
tertiary alkyl carbocation derived from the protonation of the hemiketal hnction in 20,
and the elimination of a hydroxy proton to give the corresponding ketone. Interestingly,
brown solids are precipitated by treatment of 21a or 2lb with aqueous alkaline solution
(2M NaOH). After the removal of NaOH by repeated washing with water and methanol,
these brown solids exhibited a nearly identical IR spectrum (Fig. 19d) to that of the
starting fbllerenols. This pH-dependent reversible interconversion of hemiketal and
ketone, clearly excludes the alternative Pinacol rearrangement. To further support the
existence of hemiketal structures in hllerenols 1, an ethylation reaction was performed
with triethyloxonium tetrafluoroborate (Et30+-BFq-) in I , 1,2-trichloroethane at 85 "C
in order to attack the ketal moiety The reaction converted the hemiketal groups, through
ring opening, to the corresponding ethoxy and ketone structures. As expected, a
carbonyl absorption band at 1726 cm-l was observed in the IR spectrum of the products,
indicating ketone formation during the reaction, consistent with the above structural
In summary, the chemical structure of hllerenols 1 was shown to consist of
hemiketal moieties as well as tertiary hydroxy groups. This interesting observation of
hemiketal functions on the fullerene skeleton requires in turn, postulation of a
hypothetical mechanism involving hydroxylated fullerene oxide as one of the reaction
intermediates. Treatment of hllerenol 3,which lacks hemiketal moieties, with dilute HCI
(2M) at ambient temperature, gave products showing a nearly identical IR spectrum to
that of the starting material, and no carbonyl absorptions. Moreover, the lack of carbon
peaks in the region of 6 160-175 (corresponding to the chemical shift of vinyl ether
carbons) in Fig. 1 Ic and 1 Id, strongly suggested the exclusion of hemiketal moieties in
fUllerenol3. That differentiates the chemical structure of 3 fiom 1.


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Chapter 6


John H. Holloway and Eric G. Hope

Chemistry Department, University of Leicester, University Road,
Leicester LEI 7RH, U.K.

1. Introduction

The possibility that the products of fluorination of hllerenes might be of value in

materials science, and in particular, that fluorination of [60]hllerene might produce a
ballbearing-like analogue of Teflon with superlative lubrication properties, coupled with
inconclusive predictions as to whether c6@60 would be stable, gave special impetus to
early studies in this area. Progress in the field, however, has been hampered significantly
by difaculties in controlling the fluorination process such that single compounds are
produced and in finding methods of separating single components from the mixtures.
What has emerged is that mass spectrometric evidence for fluorinated species up
to C6oFm has been detected in fluorinations of [60]hllerene ushg elemental fluorhe1p2
and hyperfluorinated species up to C(joF76 are evident in the products of fluorination
using e h e n t a l fluorine in the presence of ultraviolet radiation3 or up to C60F78 using
KrF2 in anhydrous HF.4 For [70]fullerene, the most highly fluorinated product detected
so far by mass spectrometry is C7oF54.5 Fullerenes containing only a few fluorine atoms
have not been isolated, although recent evidence suggests that such entities occur and are
not only fiagmentation products arising from mass spectroscopic examination of more
extenaivcly fluorinated species.6 The mass spectra of products from the fluorination of
[6O]lllerene have maximum intensity around C6@4&@48 1-375,738 which compares
with C7Op46 5 for the fluorination of [70]hllerene.
The fluorinated fullerenes are highly soluble in polar solvents. Although more
stable than either the chloro- or bromo-compounds, the fluoro[6O]fullerenes decompose
when stored at room temperature in C@b8 or when heated above 80 "C9 These
obsetvations, coupled with the fact that, although the products of fluorination of C60 are
stable in air, they hydrolyse rapidly in the presence of water and a cosolvent for the
fluorinated species, means that c6@60 and its relatives are unlikely to be able to function
as ine-rf superlubricants.10911


An important feature of fullerene chemistry is that oxygen is often attached to

the hllerene cage. The fluorinated fbllerenes are no exception, oxygens having been
found in the reaction products of fluorination of C6o and C6o/c70 mixtures.19**10*12It
is also very likely that the oxygen is present as the epoxide.1,3,12,13 The origin of the
oxygen atoms is uncertain but it has been demonstrated that the number incorporated can
be increased by reaction with aqueous methanol, whereby nucleophilic substitution of F
by OH followed by cis elimination of HF appears to 0ccur.%10,1~Since fillerenes are
reactive towards nucleophiles the halogeno-derivatives should also be susceptible to
nucleophillic substitution. Indeed, the order of reactivity is fluoro->chloro-~bromo-.9
Since halogeno-derivatives have the potential to be usell intermediates in OfGtiniC
synthesis and since the fluoro-derivatives are the most stable and the simplest to
manipulate, the reactions of fluorofillerenes with nucleophiles should be an important
sphere of development for fillerene chemistry if fluorination stoicheiometries can be
controlled as they are during br~mination.~

2. Theoretical Considerations
There was initial disagreement amongst theoreticians as to whether C&so
should occur. Whilst ab initio Hartree-Fock calculations using a double-zeta plus potential

@ZP) method suggested that it should,l4 a similar independent study produced a more
sceptical conclusion, namely, that perfluoro [60]hllerene 'may not be easily isolable'. *
However, both agreed that steric interactions between adjacent fluorines would result in
lengthening of the C-C bonds in the [60] hllerene cage to 1.672 A. Independent
calculations employing density function methods have predicted a 15% weakening of the
C-Fbonds compared with those in CF4 but suggest stability for C6oF60 l6 while others
have indicated that twisting of the carbon skeleton can partially reduce the strain but retain
I symmetry.17
A series of papers18319920 using semi-empirical calculations have demonstrated
that [60]hllerene is susceptible to equimolar X2 addition of H, F, CI, Br and I, forming
the 1,2 and 1,4-additions analogous to the addition to the ethene and butadiene moieties
respectively. In considering the electronic structures of 1,2- and 1,4- added C6#2n1s (n =
1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 18, 14 and 30) the reaction C6o + nF2 -+ is exothermic.
The exothermicity in the fluorine case is lower than that for the other halogens. A larger
destabilization as n increases is predicted for 1,Zaddition whereas this is not the case for
1,Caddition up to n = 12. The destabilization for 1,Z-addition begins at ca. n = 8 and

originate8 &om the interaction of substituents which are added at adjacent double bonds
in [6O]lllerene. Preference for 1,Zaddition for F should occur at n < 8.20 Similar
calculations by an independent group have confirmed that the favoured isomers involve
1,2- and 1,4-additions with higher energy ones resulting from 1,6- and 48-additions.
Consideration of isomers represented by 1,3-, 1,5- and 1,7-additions have led to the
conclusion that these are only stable in the case of fluorine addition.2l
Pluoro[60]Mlerene has been used as an example to confirm that steric22 and
n-electrOnic factors23 are major influences on the stability of regioisomers of oxidized
fillerones and, more recently, the energetics and geometries of the local structures of
both Q @ X o and C 6 o X e d , and C7oX clusters have been studied. This has led to the
conclusion that a structure having even one C-F endohedral bond is less stable and that
the differdnce in energy between C60Fendo and c60Fex0 clusters is 223 kl mol-1 . The
study has also produced data indicating four stable isomers for C7oF.24

3. Preparations
3.1 Fluorination of C60 and C6OK70 Mixtures
Since only 24 groups can be attached to a spherical [6O]fillerene cage without
being dacent, for many molecular groupings this is the maximum number of groups that
will be linked to the fillerene cage. Such is the case when CH3 groups11 or large single
atoms like chl0rin6~9~7 or b r o m i n e l 3 ~are
~ ~attached. When smaller atoms such as
hydrogen are used, larger numbers of attachments can be anticipated. Indeed,
hydrogenation is rather easy but the products are difficult to characterize definitively and
mass spectrometry indicates only the partially hydrogenated species C6$-2,29C&18
and w 3 6 , 3 0 all of which are unstable. Fluorine is also small and forms rather strong
bonds with most other elements including carbon. Studies in which [60]fillerene was
expored to elemental fluorine have shown that, unlike the hydrogen case, comprehensive
ad- takes place although the extent depends on experimental ~onditions.7~3~ Direct
fluoriMion of pure [6O]fUerene to saturation at about 70 OC is slow and mass
spectrometric data on the partially fluorinated products suggested particular stability for
intermuiiates of composition c6$6 and c6@42. A 1% NMR spectrum ofthe ultimate
off-white product after 12 days exposure exhibited a singlet at -150.5 and/or 153 ppm
supQimposed upon a double-humped background, the humps being centred at
approximately -144.4 and -158.0 ppm, in addition to a peak at -188.5 ppm indicative of
the prsrrence of IF. It was suggested that the singlet might be due to C&6o but that

other symmetrical species c6@6, c6OF12 or c6@20 could also be responsible for the
spectnun.31 Subsequently, this singlet has been observed independently by other
researchers and attributed to a highly-symmetric fluorofbllerene other than C60F60*32
and l% solid state NMR spectra on the products of the fluorination of C6o and
C6dc70 mixtures have been shown to exhibit one broad line centred at -70
ppm//CF3COOH which, again, coincides with the values found in the solution studies
(i.e. -70 + -78 = -148 ~ p m ) . ~Very
3 recently, the I9F NMR spectrum of the product of
the fluorination of [60]hllerene with KrF2 has been found to be similar to that of the
products of direct fluorination and, in particular, shows the sharp singlet at -151 ~ p r n . ~
The earliest study on the fluorination of fbllerenes was carried out on C60/C70
mixtures at room temperature.7 The reactions occur much more rapidly than in the
[60]fhllerene case,31 probably because of the facile fluorination of [70]hllerene which is
usually complete within a few minutes (see Section 3.3). Results varied, but fluorine
uptake was estimated to yield products with F:C60 ratio >30 whilst fluorination of one
sample of pure [60]fbllerene gave a weight increase corresponding to a ratio of 38.7 It is
clear from mass spectrometric measurements of these products that C6oF36 has a
particular stability which compares with that of the product of reduction, c6@36, in
which it has been postulated that the stability derives from the formation of four highly
delocalised benzenoid rings.3o Evidence of compounds with higher fluorine content in
which the number of fluorines is always an even number (c6oF38 -k -+ c6@52+) were
also apparent.7 The most intense peak in the products of fluorination of 70]fUllerene
corresponded to that Of C7@40+ and masses attributable to higher fluorination products
up to C7@46+ were also found7
Room-temperature fluorination by the same group using pure [60]fullerene32
has confirmed much of the earlier work?i namely that the fluorination process is slow, a
major peak in the mass spectrum is associated with c6oF42, and a sharp peak is
observed at -149 ppm in the 1% NMR spectrum as well as the singlet associated with
HF. In addition, the presence of traces of C6@60 in unsublimed products was also
detected. However, the infrared spectra associated with the final products of fluorination
from the two groups differ 31,32 In one case31 a strong broad C-F stretching band at
1148 cm-1, prominent in the products of initial fluorination, diminished with hrther
fluorination to yield sharp bands at 1060 and 1035 cm-l, and bands at 1067 and 1027
cm-1 were correlated with the species giving rise to the l% NMR signal at -150.5 ppm.
In the second,32 a strong broad absorption at 1165 cm-1 associated with the C-F
stretching vibration was observed, which shies to lower frequency 0s fluorine uptake

increased. The lowest frequency band observed was 1130 cm-l which is ca. 100 cm-l
higher than the towest frequency observed by the first group.
Efforts to synthesize filly fluorinated [60]fillerene in high yield have continued.
Attempts in which extreme physical conditions have been applied have resulted in the
break-up of the [60]hllerene sphere with the production of perfluoronaphthalene and
perfl~orodecalin.3~ The use of the halogen fluorides, ClF3, BrF5 and IF7 have shown
that IF7 does not react in the gaseous state while ClF3 and BrF5 act as both
halogenofluorhating agents as well as fluorinating agents. However, the number of
halogen atoms in the products are lower than with fluorine alone, possibly because of
stereoohemical hindrance. The products also contain significant quantities of oxygen-
containiq species.2
Krypton difluoride is a more powerful low-temperature fluorinating agent than
fluorine itself and should offer one of the best possibilities of producing perfluoro[60]-
fUllerene. However,mass spectrometry of the white product shows the most abundant
specisr to be C6oF46. Cage-opened species up to c6oF78 are also present.4 This
result is clearly similar to those obtained by the firther fluorination of a fluorohllerene
with simultaneousU.V. radiation3 (see below and Section 3.2).
It is now established that duect fluorination of [60]hllerene with elemental
fluorine gives a variety of species up to C6oF60 but no single compounds have been
Conolusively characterized and isolated. It is also evident that the nature of the
[6O]fullc#ene affects the product. Some samples undergo surface fluorination such that
unrG(Lctdd [6O]lllerene remains in the product. Although it has been suggested recently
that fwlerenes containing only a few fluorines can exist other than as products of mass-
spectrometric decomposition6 the only experimental evidence of such species has come
from e.p.r, examination of CdSF5Cl mixtures in ten-butylbenzene or toluene which
indicated the presence of C6oF formed presumably from decomposition of unstable
6&Fj (f.e. C60SF5 + SF4 +
So far, chloro- and bromo-fbllerenes have proved to be too unstable to yield
mass spectra but the fluorofillerenes have been successfidly extensively studied 1-395~7~8
For axample, the products of fluorination of the C6o and C60/70 (ca.9: 1) mixtures with
fluorindhelium mixtures at different temperatures have been studied by both positive and
negative ion mass spectrometric techniques. Although no pertluoro-derivatives were
detected species of composition C6& and C70Fy x 5 48; y S 56 respectively, were
o b m e d . In spite of the application of a range of different ionisation methods, and in
partiaular the fact that neither plasma-desorption negative ion time-of-flight mass

spectrometry nor synchrotron-radiation photoemission studies provided evidence of no

C6o- species with x > 48, suggested that such products are too labile to be detected or
that C6#48 might represent the highest limit of fluorination.8 More recent data,
however, has provided evidence for C6&0 in small yield,l and fluorination in the
presence of U.V. radiation has produced evidence of being the major product
with mass spectrometric evidence for C6@60+ at ca. 1.3% of the base peak being also
present. Furthermore, the presence of the C60F2n+ series well beyond n = 30 was
evident and fragments up to c6#76+ were discernable.3
The suggestions that c6@48 may be the limit of fluorination8and that it might
also be the key intermediate in the process of hyperfluorination3 give it a special
importance. The observation that it is produced in high yield in the fluorination of
[60]fullerene in the presence of NaF has facilitated an interesting shift
correlation (COSY) NMR study which suggests that C6@48 exists as an enantiomeric
RR and SS pair as shown in Figure 1.36 The fact that b/e, d/e, e/g and f7?1couplings are
not observed, however, have given some cause for concernp If the structure is indeed
wniirmed, this observation of the production of essentially one enantiomeric pair out of
many possible isomers indicates that steric and energy hctors are of major importance in
determining what is obtained. Also interesting is the fact that the signals in the
NMR for the only fluorines surrounded by three C-F bonds (fluorines e and f i n the
Figure 1) are in the same region as the shift of the singlet attributed to either a
m e t r i c a l c6@6, c6$12. c6@20, or c6@60
A U.V. photoemission measurement of CIS core level emission from a film of
composition c6@46G 37 and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic ( X P S ) studies of
directly fluorinated and that fluorinated in the presence of U.V.
lightl,8339 are in reasonable agreement with mass spectrometric investigations. In
particular, quantitative measurements of the Fls, CIS and Ols X P S signals provide F:C
ratios for different samples ranging from 28:60 to 53:60.39 A combination of ClS X P S
and solid-state NMR studies show evidence that C-C bond breaking occurs increasingly as
fluorination increases and CF;! and CF3 groups are f0rmed.~9
X-ray powder examination of fluorinated [6O]fiiUerene has shown there to be a
mixture consisting of 60% of a fcc phase with u(fcc) = 16.677A and 40% of an hcp phase
with ufhcp) = 11.85 A and c = 19.28 A.2 Related but independent studies havs also
identified fcc lattices witha(fcc) = 17.1,'$O17.19 and 17.93A.41

ss RR

Figure 1 Structure and labelling ofthe enantiomer pair for %#48

3.2 Hyperjluorination of [60]Fullerene

The mass spectrometric identification of c6&n+ (n > 30) molecular ions
indicates that the [60]fidlerene skeleton with no x bonds and 60 fluorine addends has
given way to 'hyperaddition' in which rupture of skeletal 0-bonds has occurred. It is not
evident at what point skeletal disruption takes place although it must be beyond the
c6@6() composition and may be via reaction with a c6@48 intermediate species.3 The
occurrence of 'hyperfluorination' means that holes are being opened up in the fbllerene
cage. Indeed, it has been suggested that the hypeffluorinated compounds 'fill the gap
between the presently known fluorocarbons of low molecular weight -C1 to C30- and
fluoropofymers -C~OOOto C 10,000' and that the so-called 'buckysponges' and
'buckybowls' produced could have both novel properties and application^.^^
Fluorination of [60]fhllerene with fluorine in anhydrous HF at room temperature
has also produced evidence for hypeffluorination.4 In this, the peak intensity maximum
in the mass spectrum occurs at c60F46 and species up to C60F78 are evident (c.f.
c6@48 and c6oF76 from the U.V. fl~onnation).~In both cases there is a significant

decrease in ion intensity above c6oF48. In one case this has been attributed to the more
highly fluorinated species being cage opened,4 but in the other, comparison of the
fragmentation products with those from the products of simple direct fluorination have
shown a greater preponderance of odd-mass species on hyperfluorination, and has been
taken to be indicative of closed-cage species being the origin. The argument is that an
important pathway for decomposition involves loss of CF3 8s12 as well as F and CF2;12
an open-cage entity must have CF2 groups present initially which may be lost
preferentially thus retaining an even mass, but a closed-cage species will always have an
even number of fluorines present as C-F, and loss of F or CF3 followed by CFz will give
rise to odd-mass fiagmentation.4
Little is Mitten about oxygen-containing species in the products of the U.V.
fluorination of (2603 but it is evident in the KrF2-fluorinated products, despite exposure of
the samples to air prior to analysis, oxygen derivatives are in only low concentration. This
implies that the oxides are not a result of atmospheric oxidation. The possibility that
oxygen incorporation may be dependent on the fluorination method3 may be correct; for
example, oxygen contamination of the fluorine itself could be the origin. Krypton
difluoride will be free of such impurity. However, the fact that the action of methanol with
the product gave little change in the mass spectrum is surprising. The reason may be that
the hypduorinated material, being largely cage opened, lessens the driving force for
nucleophilic substitution which is so marked in the C6oF, (x I60) species4 It is also
noteworthy that the NMR spectrum of the product of KrF2 fluorination in THF
solution is similar to that found with the products of fluorination by elemental f l ~ o r i n e . ~

3.3 Fluorination of [7O]Fullerene

Mixtures of [60]-and [7O]fullerenes fluorinate more rapidly than pure
[60]fullerene (see Section 3.1)5-7J1,33 and it has also been demonstrated that pure
[70]fulIerene fluorinates more rapidly than [60]fullerene, probably because of the better
molecular packing in the latter.33,43 Differences in the time taken for completion oEthe
reaction and the extent of fluorination are also affected by variation in the crystallinity of
the f70]lllerene. Detailed mass-spectrometric examination of the pale pink solid
fluoro[7O]fullerenes, produced by reaction of elemental fluorine with [70]fbllerene at ca.
70 "C for up to six weeks, show that C7oF48 is the most highly fluorinated species
detected.5 This compares with C70F44,3~ C7(-~F46,~and C70F54~ found when
C6dC70 mixtures are used. The most abundant species detected mass-spectrometridy

is C7oF385 which again differs from the C7#407 and C70F52~species which are
detected in the products emanating from fluorination of mixtures.
The 19F NMR spectrum of the products of fluorination of [7O]fullerene exhibits
singlets at -152.36 and -153.03 ppm (intensity ratio 2: 1) with smaller singlets at -151.2,
151.79, and -153.65 ppm, However, there is little evidence for the broad background
hump which is associated with the spectrum of the products of fluorination of
[6O]tirllerene.5 The singlets have been assumed to indicate the presence of one or more
products of high symmetry. The infrared spectrum of the product, deposited on a KBr
window fiom THF solution, exhibits a broad peak at 11 12 cm-1 associated with a C-F
stretching band, along with weaker bands attributable to C=O, OH and C-H which may
be due to occluded solvent. Warming of the sample at 80 "C under vacuum, however,
failed to remove these.

4. Chemlstry of Fluorinated C60 anil C70

The fact that the products of the reaction of [60]fuUerene with elemental
fluorine react readily with nucleophiles including water with the evolution of HF43
suggested that, if the fluorination could be controlled to deliver individual species (with
prdinaBly few fluorines attached), these would become vaIuabfe precursors in organic
synthesis, The reason being that, although bromination provides the most readily
controlled halogenation, the products are exceedingly insoluble. The fluoro-derivatives,
by contrast, are soluble and more stable and easier, consequently, to manipulate. So far,
failure to accomplish controlled or selective fluorination to yield fluorofullerenes of
known stoicheiometry has been a serious limiting factor only mitigated by the claim36
that rather pure C6@48 can be produced.
The replacement of fluorine on the [60]%llerene cage by a variety of carbon,
oxygen and nitrogen nucleophiles, as well as by hydride ion, is certainly possible. lo The
rate of nudeophilic substitutiondecreases with the degree of substitution of the fluorines
on the cage, which is almost certainly due to the steady reduction in electronegativity of
the cage as substitution takes place. Inevitably, strong nucleophiles such as diethylamine
react vigorously and rapid reactions also occur with methyl-, vinyl- and ethylmagnesium
bromides, with phenyl- and tris(trimethylsilyl)methyl-lithiu~and with lithium aluminium
hydride being particularly quick, and resulting in instantaneous loss of fluorine.
Substitution by weak nucleophiles such as acetic acid is very much slower and can take
several weeks.lo In general, little is known about the stoicheiometriesof the products of
such reactions, but chlorinated [6O]%llerene has been shown to react with sodium

methoxide to give a number of products up to C6o(oMe)34 Z7 and a similar broad

envelope of peaks centred at 3.7 ppm are also observed in the proton NMR of the
products of reaction of NaOMeMeOH with fluorinated C60.10 Sharp singlets whiah are
indicative of symmetrical products are also found in the products of reaction of this same
mixtUre with brominated (260.44
The observation of oxygen attached to fillerene cages is a characteristic of
Merene chemistry. First observed in the mass spectrum of C~OO!~this was rapidly
~ o n f i r m e d ~and
~ 4c6002,46,47
~ C600n (n = 3-5) 47,49 and C700m (m = 1-2) 47,50
have also been detected. Oxygenated species are also clearly evident in the fluorinated
Illerenes. The presence of one or tw0,3,5,12~33 five,l and up to eighte.en%5,12
oxygens have been found in the products of the reaction of the fluorination of C m or
c6dC70 mixtures. The species with the highest oxygen content, C6&2018,
, 1 ~ is the same as
accounting for 58 site occupancies on the [60]hUerene ~ a g e , ~which
that in the case where up to five oxygens were found (i.e. C6oF4805, C6#5004,
C&5,50). Fluorohalo-derivativesof [60]fullerene resulting &om the reaction of CW3
or BrF5 have also been inferred to contain up to 12 oxygen atoms2 The source of these
oxygens is not clear but samples left in the open laboratory for some weeks exhibit only
small spectral difference^.^^ Possible sources of contamination are oxygen bound to the
surfaces of reaction vessels3 or accumulated from solvents used in their manipulation.5
The most recent study of the products of direct fluorination of [60]- and [70]fUorenes
show the presence of molecules containing up to 11 or 16 oxygens but, after expoare to
aqueous methanol, this rises to 18 in both cases. Assuming that oxygen is present 85 the
epoxide, the maximum site occupancies of the species detected are 68 and 70
respectively.57'2 The observation that, although 0x0-species are present in the products
of fluorination of [6O]hllerene with KrF2 [in particular C6&O (x = 18-32)] but that
the yields are much lowe4 is interesting and was discussed in Section 3.2. The faot that
a reduction in the concentration of oxides is observed on heating in vacuum to 70 "C for
3h suggests that either the 0x0-species are more volatile or that they deoxygenate on
Rather little progress has been made in understanding the reactions of the
fluorinated kllerences with other compounds, not least because of the dficulty of
knowing the composition of the fluorinated species. Reactions both of [60]fillerenc with
fluorosulphuric acid and SbF5,52 and of [60]fiIllerene and fluorinated [6OlfiIUerene with
SbF553 result in oxidation of a radical cation, although the nature of this species has not
been identified. Similarly, although it is known that both fluoroalkyl iodides and

fluorodiacyl peroxides (Rf-C(O))-OC-Rf) react with [60]hllerene to give up to 16

radicals attached to the cage as fluoroalkyl derivatives54 the precise nature is not
undenrto0d. Efforts to ascertain the precise stoicheiometries of the CF3 derivatives
formed in the r d o n of fluorinated [6O]lllerene with Cd(CF3)2 have also fi1iled.5~
No reaction appears to take place between fluorinated[60]fullerene and either HOTeF5
or OsOq/pyridine mixtures.53
The more highly fluorinated [60] fillerenes have strong oxidizing and fluorinating
properties. Thus C@44 - C6oF46 species liberate iodine from NaI solutions, oxidize
i s o p r o p l to acetone and fluorinate aromatic compounds in the presence of acid
catalysts such as BF3.Et20. Reaction of these fluorohllerenes with organofithiurn
reagents gives rise to fluoroaromaticproducts and they also fluorinate ~ y r i d i n e . ~ ~

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Chapter 7

Idination, Brominrtion and Chlorination

Roger Taylor

The introduction of iodine, bromine, or chlorine into firllerenes has been an

important target because of the role of organic halides in synthetic organic chemistry.
Some aieaiflcant results with [(iolfullerene have been achieved to date, but as in many
other studies of fiUerene reactions, there are substantial problems to be overcome.
SuBBciant work has been canied out so far, for it to be possible to reach the following
i) The stabiity of the halogenofullerenes is the same as that generally found for
organichalides, i.e. increases along the series: iodo- < bromo- < chlorolllerene
(< fluorofbllerene). However, the halogenofidlerenes are significantly less stable than
other -1 Wdes (and also aryl halides). One reason for this is the tendency to refonn a
double bond which will be at least partly conjugated. More important however would
seem to be that in order to avoid the bulky halogens being next to each other,
halogenation bequently results in double bonds being introduced into pentagonal rings
thereby increasing strain and destabilisig the structure. The stability does however
increase with increasingn u m k of addends, a feature also found (in the absence of light)
with hydrogenated hllerenes, and this may be attributed to the increased bond re-
organisationrequired to regain the parent fullerene structure.
ii) The solubitity increase in the same order as in (i).
iii) The maximum numbez of halogens (excluding fluorine here) that can be
attach& to the cage varies according to the size of the halogen. For bromination it is
twenty4m,and in these perbrominated derivatives, no halogen atoms are adjacent; they
are never closer than 1,3- to each other. For chlorination the maximum number is
approximutely forty.
What is not known is the mechanism of addition, though it is a reasonable
asumption that radicals are involved, especially as the cage itself is such a strong
electrophileand therefore reluctant to react with electrophiles.Considerablefurther work
will be d e d to establish the halogenation mechanism (or mechanisms), and this is
likely to be an important focus of research since it is possible that the mechanism may
give clua as to how to control the addition pattern.


1. Iodination
Iodination of hllerenes has not been achieved. This is not surprising in view of
the relative stabilities of halogenohllerenes compared to halogeno-organics in general,
and the tendency of both iodoalkanes and iodoarenes to e l i n a t e iodine. Thus although
no derivative with fbllerene-iodine bonding has been prepared (nor seems likely to be)
intercalation of iodine into the fbllerene lattice has been a~hieved.l-~ For example,
heating [60]hllerene with up to twelve equivalents of iodine under vacuum at 250 "C
produced a product of approximate stoicheiometry C60.212 with iodine molecules
intercalated into a face centred cubic array of [60]hllerene molecules, each llierene
layer consisting of a simple hexagonal lattice.1 A similar experiment carried out at
130 "C using a large excess of iodine showed no reaction to occur during 20 h.
However, W irradiation (Hg lamp) under the same conditions produced a product of
approximate stoicheiometry C60.12. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the close-
packed face-centred cubic structure of [60]hllerene is retained, with iodine atoms
inserted between the hexagonal basal planes, producing increased spacing between the
layers5 These intercalates slowly lose iodine upon standing, and tested down to 4 K,
none of them show superconductingproperties. This may not be too surprising, given
that iodine is an x-electron acceptor and [60]hllerene is highly electrophilic.

Figure 1 The staggered network of both [6O]fullereneand iodine molecules in the


An intercalate of composition C60.12.toluene (Fig. 1) is obtained on

recrystallising [60]fillerene from toluene in the presence of iodine.6 In this, the shortest
[60]fullcrene-iodme distance is 3.09 A compared to a value of between 3.6 and 4.0 A
calculated7 for the intercalate c60.212. A reasonable rationale for this is that toluene,
being a xdonor, partly satisfies the electron demand of the iodine, thereby facilitating a
closer aproach between iodine and the fillerene cage.

2. Bromiortion
Bromination of [60]fillerene by neat bromine at 20-50 "C was reported initially
to result in the uptake of between two and four bromine atoms7 (based on weight
uptake). Although this was subsequently found to be incorrect, the bromofillerene
product was found to be thermally decomposed (at 150 "C) back into [60]fillerene, and
to do so under mass spectrometric conditions. Therein lies one of the problems attendant
upon research in this (and indeed many other lllerene areas), naqely the inability to
detect the products by mass spectrometry. Circumstantial evidence can be obtained by
replacing the bromines by other, less thermally labile groups, but this turns out to be
difficult too because the bromo derivativestend to be very insoluble. This also rules out
the use of 1% except solid state, though this latter has been precluded at present
by the small amounts of material available.
More recent studies9.10 showed that bromination of [60]fillerene with neat
bromine produces a yellow-orange microcrystalline derivative having the approximate
stoicheiometric composition C60Br25-2g. Since twenty-eight bromines cannot be
attached to [60]fillerene in a symmetrical way, this suggested (especially in view of the
intercalation of iodine) that the derivative was in fact C60Br24 with additional bromine
trapped in the interstices of the crystals. This was confirmed by single crystal X-ray
studies9 which revealed the Th structure shown in Fig. 2; the corresponding Schlegel
diagram is shown in Fig. 3. The high symmetry of this derivative is evident in the
simplicity of the IR spectrum (Fig. 4a).9 The particular sample of the derivativethat was
used for the X-ray structure contained approximately one molecule of bromine for each
C6oBr24 molecule, but with a disordered c o r ~ f i g u r a t i o n The
. ~ ~ ~structure
~ of this
derivative can be envisaged as consisting either of twelve hexagons, each with a 1,4-
arrangement of two bromine atoms (in a boat conformation), or of eight hexagons each
with a 1,3,5-arrangement of three bromine atoms (in a chair conformation).Although the

Figure 2 Crystal StrUcNe for C@r24 Figure 3 Schlegel diagram for W r 2 4 ; w r g

has same arrangement as emirledatoms

1.600 1,400 1.200 1,000 800 800 450


molecule has a double bond in each pentagonal ring, these latter also contain two $-
hybridised carbon atoms which thereby diminishes the strain that would otherwise
resu1t.R studies indicated that at any time during heating at 150 "C for 24 h, the product
consisted of [60]Werene and undecomposed C6oBr24, suggestingthat the bromine loss
is a cascade process.11
The W A C name for C60Br24 is 1,4,7,10,12,14,16,19,22,24,27,29,31,33,36,-
38,41,43,46,49,52,54,57,60-tetraco~ydro-[6O]lllerene,the second half of the name
being necessary simply because 'bromo' is a replacement term, and therefore is regarded
as having replaced hydrogens (even though these were not there in the 6rst place). It
would be unrealistic to imagine that practising lllerene chemists will not dispense with
the second half of the name in general discussion and description at the very least. It is
perhaps fortunate therefore that c60Bf24 is so insoluble that it may not feature much in
lllcrene chemistry.
Bromination of [70]lllerene under the same conditions also gives a product of
approximatecomposition C70Br28, but the structure is not known.11 It may be relevant
ther&re that C7oBr24 is predicted to be the product of highest addition level.12 The
bromo adduct decomposes on heating in the manner of the [60]lllerene derivative.11
Brotnination of [60]lllerene by bromine in either carbon disulfide or chloroform
gives dark brown prisms of C6gBrg in 80 and 58% yields, respectively. The structure,
determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction is shown in Fig. 5 , and the dispositions of
the bromines is also encircled in the Schlegel diagram in Fig. 3. There are many ways in
which the Brg pattern can be fitted into the Br24 pattern, because in both C60Br24 and
C6gBrg, the relative configurationsof the bromines is the same. (NB. The set in Fig. 5
of ref. 11 has been outlined inCOKeCtly, but is shown correctly in Fig. 19 of ref. 13.). It is
probable therefore that C(jgBr8 is an intermediate on the pathway to formation of
C6oBr24. From inspection of Fig. 3 one can anticipate that there may be other stable
intermediates in which the integrity of the Bt-8 pattern is maintained, such as C6@14
and C6oBr20 but none have so far been isolated.
As in the case of C6oBr24, molecules of bromine are occluded in the C@r8
lattice, in this case two molecules for each molecule of C@rg, and the bromine is
partially ordered. Fig. 6 shows the channels parallel to the c-axis, into which the bromine
molecules fit.
On heating, C6gBrg loses bromine and does so more readily than C6@r24 This
relative stability can be attributed to the lower bond reorganisationneeded to re-acquire

Figure 5 Crystal structure for c6OBrg Figure 6 Crystal structure OfC6@rf~showing the
channels into which the bromines fit

the [60]fullerene structure. Like C60B1-24,C6oBrg is very insoluble in organic solvents

which makes its use in synthesis less attractive than might otherwise be the case. Because
C6oBrg is less symmetrical than C60Bt-24, its IR spectrum is more detailed (Fig. 4b).
The IUPAC name for C6gBrg is 1,4,7,10,16,19,24,36-octabromo-1,4,7,10,16,19,24,36-
octahydro[60]fUllerene, but as in the case of c6oBr24, convenience is likety to dictate
the deletion of the second part of the name.


Bromination of [60]lllerene in either carbon tetrachloride or benzene yields

magenta plates of c6oBf6 in 92 and 54% yields respectively. The structure of this
derivative, determined by single crystal X-ray analysis, is shown in Figure 7, and the
corresponding Schlegel diagram is shown in Fig. 8. Because of the eclipsing interaction
between the two adjacent bromine atoms, the C(2)-Br bond length is greater (2.032A)
than the average value (1.963 A) for the other C B r bonds. Here there is one molecule of
bromine per C6oBr6 molecule, occluded in the lattice.
Unlike the other bromo derivatives, C6@r6, the W A C name for which is
1,2,4,11,15,30-hexabromo-l,2,4,11,15,30-hexahydro[60]lUerene,is useklly soluble in
organic solvents. Being the least symmetrical of the bromo derivatives it has the more
complicated IR spectnun (Fig. 4c). It is also the least stable of the bromo[60]lllerenes
and the crystals degrade on long standing at room temperature. On heating it loses all of
the bromine and reverts to [60]lllerene, but in doing so it first rearranges to C6gBrg. A
reasonable rationale for this rearrangement is that it is triggered by the eclipsing
interaction between the cis bromines, which produce a succession of 1,3 bromine shifts,
with additionalbromine being acquired from the solvate, as conjectured in Fig. 9.

Figurn 9 Possible mode of rearrangement of W r 6 into C&g, initiated by the 1,2-bromo eclipsing
interaction,followed by addition of lattice-occludedbromine

The structure Of C60&6 is important in relation to both the structure Of c6@r(j,

various aryl derivatives, and the stabilities of radicals derived from lllerenes (Chap. 13).
The latter in particular differ only in that there is no group attached to C(2), the
consequent radical being delocalised around the pentagonal ring. Such radicals will be
strongly stabilised by C-C-hyperconjugation,14 a phenomenon which will be
extraordinarily important for kllerenes because the appropriate adjacent orbitals are
enforced into coplanarity, with no possibility of deviating from that conformation, Fig.
10. However, C-Br hyperconjugation is insignificant, and thus if C60Bry is formed

along the pathway to C60Br6 it cannot be stabilised and therefore necessarily acquires an
additional bromine, even though this results in unfavourable 1,2-eclipsing interactions.

Figure 10 Steric facilitationof C-C hyperconjugation in lllerenes

The stabilities of the brominated [60]fbllerenes have also been calculated by the
AM1 method which indicates that some C6gBr4, C60Br10, C60Eirl2, and C6@r18
derivatives should also be isolable. *
3. Chlorination
There is every indication that chlorination is Likely to be, at least in the short term,
the most important of the halogenation reactions of hllerenes. Success has already been
achieved in controlling the addition in the manner of bromination, but with the all-
important benefit of solubility of the derivatives.
An early report of chlorination of a mixture of (601-and [70]&llerene by chlorine
gas at 250 "C indicated the uptake of twenty-four chlorine atoms per molecule of
fbllerene mixture, giving a light orange product, soluble in many organic solvents.7 No
mass spectrum could be obtained because of the ease with which the chlorine is lost, and
separate experiments showed that under argon at 400 "C all the chlorine is lost. This is
however a higher temperature than that needed for debromination and demonstrates the
higher stability of the chloro derivatives. Other workers reported that the reaction of
liquid chlorine at cu. -35 O C with [60]&1lerene produced a brown solid of approximate
composition C6oC112 and that this dechiorinated on heating 200-350 OC.1O This thus
shows a parallel with the results for the bromo compounds, whereby the derivative with
the higher degree of addition is the more stable one. No stmctural characterisationof the
compound was possible, and a mixture of product may have been formed. Nevertheless.
in view of the results described below it seems quite probable that a major component
has two sets of six chlorines arranged around polar pentagons, in the manner found for
CLAClL Chdnwl

Photocatalysed chlorination by chlorine, of [60]fbllerenein CC4 during 1 h gave

a crystaIiine yellow product that gave elemental d y s i s corresponding to ~ 6 0 ~ 4 0 . 1 6
Given that the stability of the structure C6oC136 should parallel that for C6oH36 (see
Chapter l), and c6Oc42 should also be stable since it can have three isolated and highly
delocalised benzenoid rings, the product may be a mixture of these two isomers. The
lack of h e detail in the IR of the product16 confirms this belief. [7O]Fullerene was also
chlorimted under these conditions, but no characterisation of the product is yet
At the time of writing, the C6oCk derivative is the first to have been isolated and
char-. It is readily made by addmg a solution of iodine monochloride in benzene
to [6Olfidlerene in benzene, and then allowing to stand at room temperature for 3 days.
Removal of solvent and evolved iodine under vacuum then leaves an orange
microcrystalline solid in quantitative yield. The 3-day reaction time is required to allow
all of the iodine monochloride to decompose, this being necessary since it interfers with
the work-up procedure which consists of washing with pentane and then heating to 50
"C under 0.1 mmHg vacuum. If toluene is used as a solvent, the same product is
obtained, but reaction is slower, indicating that a radical mechanism is involved, the
retardation resulting fiom toluene acting as a radical scavenger.17

c6Oc16 is very soluble in benzene, carbon disulfide, and carbon tetrachloride,

moderately soluble in chloroform, dichloromethane, and toluene, and slightly soluble in
acetone, diethyl ether, hexane and pentane. The IR spectrum (Fig. 11) showed strong
similarities to that for C 6 @ 6 (Fig. 4c), indicating a similar structure. The crystals are
too small for X-ray crystallographic analysis, but the compensating solubility has allowed
the 13C NMR spectrum to be obtained. The Schlegel diagram for c6@6 shows the
molecule to have a plane of symmetry, with two &-hybridised carbon atoms, C(55) and
C(60), and two sp3-hybridised carbons, C(l) and C(2) on the symmetry plane. All ofthe
other carbons are paired due to symmetry and so for the anticipated c60c16 structure,
the spectrum should consist of four peaks in the q 3 region with relative intensities,
2:2:1:1, and twenty-eight lines in the sp2 region of intensities 26 x 2, and 2 x 1. The
spectrum obtained agreed precisely, and Fig. 12 which shows the sp3 region of the
spectrum and an expanded part of the sp2 region, showing the two peaks of half
intensity. The evidence thus very strongly indicates that C60Cl6 is isostructurd with
C6oBr6, and its W A C name is thus 1,2,4,11,15,30-hexachloro-l,2,4,11,15,30-

148.4 148.2 1480 147.8 147.61147.4 147.2 147.0 148.8 148.6 146.4 146.2

80 70 60

Figure 12 Part of the 13C N M R spectrum for C60Cl6, and the proposed structure

If chlorination of [6O]lllereneis continued firther, then replacement of chlorines

by phenyls (which permits mass spectroscopic analysis) gives C6@h12.18 It is
reasonably certain that C6oC112 is thus produced, but the location of the chlorine$ is not
yet k n m . Given that the pattern of addition of the first six chlorines is known, it seems
most likely that there are two sets of six chlorines in the same pattern as shown in Fig.
12, with one of each group on opposite sides of the cage. This will give three different
isomers in which the eclipsed chlorine pairs are either parallel, or at angles either of 72'
or 1 4 4 O to each other.
Chlorination of [70]fUllerene under the same conditions that produce C60Cb
gives C7&l10, the structure of which is believed to be that shown in Fig. 13, in which
two chlorine atoms are on adjacent carbon atoms.lg A most interesting feature of this
result is that the chlorines straddle the equator of the molecule, and occupy sites
predicted by theoretical calculations (see Chap. 4). The unique advantage of this addition
pattern is that there are double bonds in any pentagon, thereby making the derivative
particularly stable. An interesting feature of this molecule is that it is possible to
selectively replace the chlorine atoms (in symmetrical pairs) by aryl groups (see Chap. 8)
and this thus constitutesthe first example of selective reaction of multiple addends on a
lllerene cage.
Chlorination of [60]fbllerene in chlorosulphonic acid gives evidence for the initial
formation of the fillerene-chlorine chloronium ion (C6oC1+).20 Further chlorination
gives a product which contains (as judged by the IR spectrum), a substantial proportion

Figure 13 Schlegel diagram for qoCl10


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Chapter 8

Aryl Derivatives of Fullerenes

Roger Taylor

There are various ways in which aryl groups may be attached to fbllerenes:
directly or by means of l i g atoms. Direct linkage may involve either a single bond
(arylation), or two bonds as a result of reaction with benzyne (arenylation). Linking
atoms may be carbon (see Chap. 9) and also in principle 0, S, or N, though no
derivativesof this type have yet been isolated and characterised.
In the context of this book, reactions are classified in terms of additions to
fbllerenes. However, the reactions of fullerenes with aryl groups f d also into one of the
most important and best known classes of organic reactions, namely electrophilic
aromatic substitutions. Fullerenes are very powefil electrophilesand are able to replace
the hydrogens in aromatics, the reactions falling thus into the general category of
alkylation by alkenes.1 This form of alkylation has been described asfullerenation,2 but
since saturation of the fullerene cage necessarily occurs across the addition site
filkrenylution is more consistent with standard nomenclature. Arylation may also be
accomplished by using fbllerene halides, and here reaction is faster because the
electropbilicity of the fullerene is increased..

1. Arylation using the Parent Fullerene

The first description of the reaction of [6O]fullerenewith aromaticswas by Cooks
and coworkers. They found that heating the hllerene with aromatics such as toluene,p-
xylena, or anisole in the presence of ferric chloride gave products which, when analysed
(without further purification) by mass spectrometry indicated that up to six aromatic
rings had become attached to the cage, apparently in the form of adducts.3 In the light of
subsequent work (below) it seems likely that aryl and hydrogen groups had become 0-
bonded to the fbllerene. The correspondingreaction with benzene would only take place
if bromine was present in the reaction mixture, no reason for this being then evident, but
can now be recognised as being due to the need to increase the electrophilicity of the
fullereneby halide formation, since benzene is a less reactive aromatic.
Subsequently, the reaction of a mixture of [60]- and [70]fbllerenes with either
benzene or toluene in the presence of aluminium chloride was described, mass


spectrometry of the reaction products indicating the addition of up twelve and sixteen
aryl groups to the fUllerene.2 It was suggested that this process takes place via
protonation of the hllerene by residual protons in the aluminium chloride, giving a
fullerene cation, which as electrophile then attacks the aromatic ring. However, no
protonation of [6O]fullerene could be achieved with the superacid,
trifluoromethanesulphonicacid? and although PAICl4- (present in AICl3 that contains
traces of water) is a stronger super acid, reaction also takes place in the presence of
ferric chloride. A mechanism which involves direct coordination of the x-electrons of
the fUUerene with the Lewis acid seems more probable. Moreover, [60]fillerene in oleum
gives rise to radical cations,S so these may also be involved as electrophiles.
Sufficient information is can be gleaned from the above work and that of the
Sussex group for the following general conclusionsto be drawn:
1. The Lewis acid forms a complex with the fUllerene which then carries out
dkyiation of the aromatic.
2. The bulk of the fillerene is such that substitution at puru sites of the aromatic
will be favoured, probably exclusively.
3. The reactions follow the classic Lewis acid catalyst activation order i.e. AICl3
> FeCl3. For example, [60]fUllerene does not react with benzene in the presence of
FeCl3, but does so in the presence of AIC13.2
4. The reaction is faster with [60]fullerene than with [70]fullerene.2,6 This is
because [60]fUllerene is more electrophilic due to the greater strain in the molecule. This
greater electrophilicity shows up in other reactions e.g. the reaction with
cyclopentadiene,7 benzyne;6 reduction of [60]fullerene is also faster than that of
[701i~erene. 8
5. The reaction is faster with more reactive ar~matics.~ This needs to be taken
into account if hllerene soot is soxhlet-extracted with e.g. xylene, mesitylene etc. for
here there is the possibility that Lewis acid sites on the glass surface may act as the
catalysts, so degrading the quality of the extract (and also incidentally, giving
erroneously high extract yields).
A more detailed investigation of the reaction of [60]hllerene with bromine,
benzene and ferric chloride (in this case the products being subjected to normal work-up
procedures after heating under reflux for 24 h) showed (FAB mass spectrum) that a
number of products were ~ b t a i n e d Derivatives
.~ containing between five and twelve
phenyl groups attached to the cage were evident in the mass spectrum, the relative
intensities being: 2 : 11 ; 2 : 11 : 1 : 3 : 1 : 2. It is significant that peaks corresponding to

the species c6oph6 and C6oPh8 dominate in the spectrum in view of the results obtained
in bromination (see Chap. 7). Metastableion studies showed also that each peak contains
a contribution (at least) from fragmentation ions of higher phenylated species. Laser
desorption mass spectrometry also showed that species up to C6Ophl6 are present, and
that fragmmtationwith loss of a single phenyl group is a major process, so that species
in this caae containing odd numbers of phenyl groups tend to predominate. The presence
of oxygenated species were also detected for the first time, with up to two mygens being
attached to each [60]fhllerene molecule.
Further work involving HPLC separation of the products revealed the HPLC
trace shown in Fig. 1.10 At the time of writing this has not been fully analysed, but some
of the peaks have been characterised by EI mass spectrometry, and include C6Oph4
(Peak 7), C6@5H (Peak 81, C6$h5H3 (Pe* 9)s C6@k (Pe* lo), C6@h8 (Peak
Il), C6Ophl2 (peak 12), and C60Phl6 (tail material) together with some derivatives
containing up to two oxygens, or an oxygen and a methylene group, the latter believed to
be abstracted firom solvent during the work-up procedure. Figures 2-5 show the mass
Spectra for CfjflhgH, c6@&. C6@hl2, and C6@hSH3.

I 23 4-6 7 I 9 loll 12


20 40 60 80 tlmin-l

Figure 1 HPLC trace of the product of reaction of [dO]Nlerene with Br2, FeC13 and benzene


Figure 2 Mass spectrum for C60Ph5H (showingtraces of oxygenated derivatives)

1 I


k+l$OO d o 0 d o 0 ld00
ml z

Figure 3 Mass spectrum for c6OPh





Fipm S Mass of CmPh5H3

The structures of most of these derivatives is not yet known, and analysis of them
is an important goal in the search for the various addition patterns that [60]fUllerene is
capable of. It would be reasonable to suppose that the structure of C6oPk is similar to

that shown in Fig. 6 (the structure of which is discussed fbther below), but with X
replaced by a phenyl group, though preliminary evidence suggests that this may not be
the case, due to the steric constraints arising from two adjacent phenyl groups.l*
CrjoPh12 may then consist of two such assembliesof phenyl groups, but arranged around
diametrically opposed pentagons. However, it is also possible that an octahedral pattern
could be involved,12 though this is less probable in view of results which have been

40 A1

Figure 6 Structure of the aryl compoundsC60PhsX

Figure 7 Possible structure for C60Ph502H


obtained on the fbrther chlorination and arylation of CmCb (see sect. 1.2). The
structure for C@b m y be related to that shown in Fig. 6, but without the aryl group
A and the group X.A plausible stmcture for the derivativeC60Ph5H02 is that shown in
Fig. 7, whwein addition takes place across the highly localised double bonds in the
p e n t a g d rings.
Though analysis of these products is a major exercise, it will provide a major
insight into the intermediates that are formed on bromination and their subsequent
substitution. It is not possible to determine the structures of these by mass spectrometry,
and t h y are also too insoluble for 13C NMR analysis. These difficulties are
circumvented in the phenyl derivatives which are more stable.

2. Arylstion using Preformed Halofuilerenea

Thus the reaction involving bromine, benzene, and ferric chloride is very
complicated, at least fiom the analytical viewpoint. Likewise the reaction of
polychforinated [6O]fbllerene with benzene in the presence of aluminium chloride
p r o d u d a product believed to contain up to twentytwo phenyl groups.13 Much
greater sucoess has however been obtained by reaction of C60Ch.j with aromatics.lo,ll
Here the reactivity is such that only a trace of ferric chloride is needed to catalyse the
reaction. (So much so that reaction can be triggered merely bystirringthereaction

mixture with a spatula that has been used previously for dispensing ICI; if a clean spatula
is used then no reaction occurs.) With benzene the product is Cfj@hsCI, Fig. 4, X = CI,
and this gives the mass spectrum shown in Fig. 8, and is the first that has been obtained
for a lllerene with chlorine attached to the cage. Evidently, elimination of PhCl is
energetically less favourable than the elimination of CI2 that occurs so readily fiom
lllerenes possessing chlorine addends alone. The 13C NMR spectrum of this derivative
is similar to that shown in Fig. 12 of Chapter 7 in that there are twenty-eight peaks in the
& region of the spectrum (two peaks being of half intensity) and four peaks in the sp3-
region (peak height ratio, 1 : 1 : 2 : 2). This firmly supports the proposed structure. By
reaction with triphenylphosphine in the presence of traces of water, the chlorine is
replaced with hydrogen to give C60Ph5H., Fig. 6, X = H. l o Again a similar 13C TWR
spectrum is obtained, and the lH NMR spectrum shows a singlet at 6 5.2.
This technique has been used to prepare a range of aryl derivatives, the structures
of which have been confirmed by a variety of NMR methods.l* For example, the
reaction of C6oC16 with toluendfemc chloride followed by reaction with PPh3 gives
mainly C60(4-M&&)5H as shown by the mass spectrum in Fig. 9. Some C60(4-
M&&)6 is also produced together with traces of C60(4-MeCgH&, this latter being
obtained also from reaction of [60]lllerene with toluene and bromine in the presence of

9 0 1000 1100

ferric chloride, though here the main product seems to be C60(4-M&6&)4. Reaction
of C6oCk with fluorobenzendfemc chloride followed by reaction with PPh3 as above
gives C60(4-FC#&H, the product here appearing to be particularly susceptible to
oxidation to the di-epoxide c$. Fig. 7. Likewise the analogous reaction with t-butyl-
benzene produced mainly C60(4-t-BuC&)5Cl (and the hydrodechlorinated derivative),
thou@ again small amounts of products with six and seven aryl groups attached to the
cage were evident. Reaction also takes place readily with thiophene to give a product
with five 2-thiophenyl groups attached to the cage (the first heteroaromatic derivative of
a fullerone), but the product is particularly susceptibleto monooxidation.
Two-step procedures have also been used. Thus isolation of C60Ph~Cland then
reaction with benzene gave C&& the mass spectrum for which was effectively
identical to that in Fig. 3. Likewise, reaction with toluene gave C60Ph54-MePh (Fig.
10). If either [60]hUerene, or C60c16 are reacted with ICVCCb followed by reaction
with bemadferric chloride, then C6fJPhl2 is obtained, the mass spectrum being similar
to that shown in Fig. 4, except that the main component appears to be C6@hgHj, which
provides firm evidence that there are two groups of addends present each having the
general arrangement shown in Fig. 6. These are, for steric reasons, most probably on
opposite sides of the cage, in which case three different isomers are possible, i.e
accordingto whether equivalent groups are eclipsed or at angles of either 72' or 144' to
each other.


Since the C-Si bond is much more susceptible to cleavage by electrophiles than
the C-Hbond, then this would predict that alkyldesilylation would take place much more
readily than alkyldeprotonation.14 Surprisingly therefore, the reaction of
trimethylsilylbenzene, MqSiPh, with C6oCldferric chloride as above does not give the
expected alkyldesilylation, yielding phenyl groups attached to the cage. Instead,
substitution paru to the SiMe3 group occurs giving, after replacement of chlorine by
hydrogen, C60(4-SiMe3C&)5H, (Fig. 11) and it is probable that this is a result of
steric hindrance. This is an important result since cleavage of the SiMe3 groups by a
variety of electrophilesis possible, leading to a potentially large range of derivatives.15

Flgure 12 Mass spectrum of C70Ph 4


Reaction of [70]Mlerene that has been chlorinated by ICI, with benzendfec

chloride gives a mixture of products including c70Phq, C7@hg, and C7@h10 which
have been isolated and characterised by NMR and mass spectrometry; Figures 12-13
show the corresponding mass spectra. Figure 14 is the Schlegel diagram for C7Ophio
and shows the n.0.e. couplings between adjacent phenyl rings. Like its decachloro
precursor, (see Chap. 7, sect. 3) C7@h10 has no double bonds in pentagons.Therings E
are prevented fiom rotating at room temperature due to steric interactions, and are the
rings believed to be absent in C7@h& which therefore has one double bond in a

Figure 13 Mass spectra for C70Phg (above) and C7Oph10 (below)

Figure 14 Schlegel diagram for C7$'h,o showing n.0.e.couplingsbetween adjacent phenyl groups

pentagon. This bond is very reactive and readily undergoes addition.l6 A further notable
feature of C70Ph8 is that it is readily oxidised to a tetra-oxide which undergoes thermal
elimination of two molecules of carbon dioxide during EI mass spectrometry to give
C&hg. l6 The product of this unique degradation has not yet been fully characterised,
but possibly contains a seven-membered ring, arising from elimination of the two carbons
at either end of the reactive double bond.
Other phenyl derivatives are also present e.g., C70Ph14 but at the time of writing
have not been isolated and characterised. It is possible to selectively insert other aryl
groups into the positions occupied by the phenyl rings E in C70Ph10.~

3. Arenylation
The reaction of fbllereneswith benzyne falls properly within the category of 2 + 2
cycloadditions, described in Chapter 12, but is included here also for completeness.The
products of such reactions e.g. 1,2-benzo[60]fUllerene (1) are rather stable due to the
presence of the benzenoid ring. Consequently there is much less tendency for the retro-
ene reaction to take place during mass spectroscopicanalysis. As in the case of arylation,
the ultimate goal must be to introduce substituents into the benzenoid rings so that
fbrther derivatisation may be achieved. In the case of the benzyne adducts, electrophilic
substitutionat the P-position of the benzenoid ring is to be expected due to strain and so
the behaviour should parallel that of ag. benu>cyclobutene. 17 In order to minjmise strain

in the 4-membered ring, the x-bonds should be localised at the positions shown in (I),
and this will affect the directing effects of the substituents in the benzenoid ring.

Because of the need to avoid having double bonds in the pentagonal rings of
fuUerenes,l* transmission of the electronic effects of addends fiom one part of the cages
to another is poor. This accounts for the multiple additions so common (and benzyne.
[60]Fullmne adds up to six b e n y n e ~ , 1 9 ~the
~ *locations being unknown, but it may
reasonably be assumed that they are at the octahedral sites. Addition of one benzyne unit
has been shown by N M R analysis19 to take place across the 12-bond (1).

Figure 15 Uass spectnun of the product of reaction of ['lO]fullerene with benzyne, showing that ten
groups have been added

Under extended reaction times, [7O]tbllerene adds up to ten benzynes (Fig. 151,
but the locations of the addends are not yet known.21 Addition across each of the ten
equivalent 1,Z-bonds is not possible because of steric hindrance so some other sites must

be involved as weli, and it was predicted that the majority of the additions must
necessarily across the 5,6-bond (see Chap. 1 for numbering) because of steric
Two isomeric momoadducts of benzyne with [70]fullerene have been isolated. In
contrast to all other work on [70]fbllerene (where the 1,Zaddition predominates
substantially), addition appears to take place across the 5,6-bond and 1,2-bonds (see
Figure 8, Chap. 1 for numbering) in almost equal amounts.2* The difference in the
present work can be attributed to the fact that is that it is easier for the rigid benzyne
addend to bridge a less curved region of the surface (the 5,6-bond) than it is to bridge a
more curved region (the 1,2-bond). This result demonstrates a hitherto unrecognised
aspect of fullerene chemistry, and further examples may emerge in due course.
1,I-Naphthyne, produced from the pyrolysis of 1,s-di-iodonaphthalene also adds
to [(iO]fuUerene, to give the structure (2) identified by NMR and mass spectrometry
Even more intriguing is the fact that ten such naphthyne units have been shown, by mass
spectrometry to add to [60]fullerene, and it is difficult at present to see how this can be
accomplished in view of the steric hindrance that is anticipated; one possibility could be
that naphthynes add to the addends already on the ~ a g e . 2In~this work it was also found
that two [60]fbllerene molecules add to a single naphthyne molecule and a structure with
fusion across the 1,2- and 7,s-bonds was but this is sterically very
crowded. Two alternatives deserve consideration, In one, addition takes place across the
1,2- and 5,6-bonds of naphthalene, and the other is structure (3) which seems especially
favourable because strain in the 4-membered ring is reduced through use of the longer
bonds of naphthalene, and also the naphthalene canonical is the one of lowest energy.
1. R.Taylor, Electrophiiic Aromatic Substitution, (Wiley, Chichester, 1989), pp. 202-
2. G.A.Olah, I. Bucsi, C. Lambert, R. Aniszfeld, N. J. Trivedi, D. K. Sensharma, and
G. K.S . Prakash,J. Am. Chem. Soc.,113 (1991)9387.
3. S.H. Hoke, J. Molstad, G. L. Payne, B. Kahr, D. Ben-Amotz, and R.G. Cooks,
RapidCornrn. Mass Spectr. 5 (1991)472.
4. R.Taylor, unpublished work.
5 . G. A. Olah,I. Bucsi, R. Aniszfeld, and G. K. S.Prakash, Carbon, 30 (1992) 1203.
6. A. D. Darwish, unpublished work.
7. L. S.K.Pang and M. A. Wilson, J. Phys. Chem., 97 (1993)6761.
8. A. G.Avmt, A. D. Darwish, D. K. Heimbach, H. W. Kroto, M. F. Meidine, J. P.
Parsons,C.Remars, R. Roers, 0. Ohashi, R. Taylor, and D. R. M. Walton, J Chem.
Soc..Perkin Trans. 2, (1 994) 15,
9. R. Taylor, G.J. Langley, M. F. Meidine, J. P. Parsons, A. K. Abdul-Sada, T. J.
Dennis,J. P. Hare, H. W. Kroto, and D. R. M. Walton, J. Chem. SOC., Chem.
Commun.,(1 992)667.
10.A. 0.Avent, P. R. Birkett, J. D. Crane, A. D. Darwish, G. J. Langley, H. W. Kroto,
R. Taylor, and D. R. M. Walton, J. Chem. Soc.,Chern. Commun., (1994)1463.
11. P. R. Birkett, A. G. Avent, A. D. Darwish, A. K. Abdul-Sada, H. W. Kroto, R.
Taylor, and D. R. M. Walton, unpublished work.
12.R. Taylor, J. Chem. SOC.,Perkin Trans. 2, (1992)1667.
13.G.A. Olah,1. Bucsi, C. Lambert, R. Aniszfeld, N. J. Trivedi, D. K. Sensharma, and
G. K.S.Prakash,J. Am. Chem. Soc.,113 (1991)9385.
14.Ref 1,pp. 432-433.
15.Ref. 1,Chapter 10.
16.P.R. Birkett, A. D. Darwish, H. W.Kroto, R. Taylor, and D. R. M. Walton,
unpublished work.
17.R d . 1, pp. 77, 145, 150.
18.R. Taylor, Tetrahedron Lett. (1 991) 373 1 ;J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2 (1 992)3.
19.S. H. Hoke, J. Molstad, D. Dilettato, M. J. Jay, D. Carlson, B. Kahr and R. G.
Cooks, J Org. Chem. 57 (1992)5069.
20.M. Tsuda, T. Ishida, T. Nogami, S. Kurono and M. Ohashi, Chem. Lett. (1992)
21. A. D. Danvish, A. K. Abdul-Sada, G. J. Langley, H. W. Kroto, R. Taylor, and D. R.
M. Walton, J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun. (1 994) 2 133.
22. A. D. Darwish, A. G.Avent, H. W. Kroto, R. TayIor, and D. R. M. Wdton,
unpublished work.
23. S. H. Hoke,J. Molstad, S. Yang, D. Carlson, and B. Kahr, J. Org. Chem., 59 (1994)
Chapter 9

Phlleroids, MethanofuUerenes and Oxa-, &a-, and Sifs-Eomologues

MauriZio Prato* and Fred Wudl#

*Di&mento di Scienze Farmaceutiche, Universitri di Trieste, Piazzala Europa 1,34127
Triesta, Italy
#Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids, Department of Chemistry and Physics,
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93 106, USA

'zhir chapter describes the synthesis, characterization and properties of products derived
from additiodinsertion of methylene groups (and their 0,N. and Si homologues)
acrosahto adjacentcarbons of Qo (Scheme 1).

Scheme 1

1 2

X = CR,, NR,0, SiR,

It is interesting to note that, so far, representativesof thii class are the only reported
examples of insertion reaction into a fullerene bond (structures 2, Scheme 1). This means
that this class of compounds is unique in that it gives isomers with potentially different


electronic properties (58 K electrons on the spheroid for addition products 1, 60 K

electrons for insertion products 2). The reason for this peculiarity can be easily ascribed to
the severe geometrical deformation which would occur upon insertion of more than one
atom into a double bond of C a .
As the vast majority of these studies have focused on the products of additiodinsertion
of methylene groups to C a , most of the attention in the present chapter will be devoted to
this class of compounds.

1. Fulleroids and Methanofullerenes

The formal addition or insertion of a carbene unit to a bond of c60 results in the
formation of methanofullerenes 1 (Scheme 1, X = CR2) or fulleroids 2 (Scheme 1, X =
CR2) respectively.'V2 Methanofullerenes are cyclopropane analogues, whereas fulleroids
s . ~principle, there can be two
possess structures similar to Vogel's I , ~ ~ - a n n u l e n eIn
structurally different methanofullerenes, with the cyclopropane bond fusing a 6.6 or a 5,6
junction of C a (structures 3 and 4 in Scheme 2, respectively).

Scheme 2

@ -
@ \ / '/

\ / '/ \

3 4

Analogously, there will be potentially two different fulleroids, with the bridge carbon
spanning over two six-membered rings or over a five- and a six-membered rings of Cm
(structures 5 and 6 in Scheme 3, respectively).
The structural assignment to the reaction products, i. e., the distinction between 3,4,
5, and 6 is a very intriguing problem, and support from any spectroscopic means is of
vital importance. In particular, I3C NMR spectroscopy plays here a fundamental role. The
detection of the l3C resonance for the bridgehead carbons in a non-aromatic region can be
diagnostic for addition products (3 and 4 vs 5 and 6). On the other hand, the distinction
between 6,6 and 5,6 junctions (3 and 5 vs 4 and 6) relies on the correct counting of 13C
resonance number. With identical R groups, adducts to 6.6 and 5.6 junctions have

different symmetries (CzVand Csrespectively) and thus different number of resonances

(17 and 32 respectively).' A relatively simple clue to the structural assignment can be
obtained when one R group is H. In this case, the lH-13C coupling constant between the
proton and the bridge carbon is diagnostic of an sp2 or an sp3 carbon (160-170Hz for
cyclopropanes, 140- 150 Hz for 1,6-methanoannulene~).**~*~

Scheme 3

5 6

The most common way of addinghnserting substituted methylene groups is based on

the reaction of Go with diazomethanes (other methods will be reviewed later in this

1.I. Diatomethane

Diazomethane is the simplest diazo compound. It reacts readily with c 6 0 to give the
thermally unstable pyrazoline 7 in 44% yield (Scheme 4)?

Scheme 4

CH2N2 + c60
- N2 / /
\ /

7 8

This compound is the result of addition of the 1,3-dipole to a 6.6 ring junction of C a .
When a toluene solution of 7 is heated to reflux, the parent fulleroid C61H2(8) is
recovered almost quantitatively (Scheme 4). The same product is also formed by thermal
decomposition in the solid. The 1H NMR spectrum of the dihydrofulleroid 8 shows two
doublets (with coupling constant J = 9.7 Hz) at 2.87 and 6.35 ppm in a ratio 1:l; one
hydrogen is significantly deshielded reIative to the other (A6 = 3.48 ppm). The coupling
constants between the '3C-labeled bridge carbon and the two methylene protons are:
J(13C-Ha) = 145.0 and J('3C-Hb) = 147.8 Hz.The asymmetry of the methylene group,
the 13C-H coupling constants, the absence of sp3 carbons in the 13C NMR as well as the
number of carbon signals, corroborate the 1.6-fulleroid structure with insertion into a 5,6
ring junction and a Cs symmetry?
When 7 is irradiated rather than thermolyzed, a mixture of 8 and another product is
obtained, to which the methanofullerene structure 9 has been attributed (in this case the
two protons give a singlet at 3.93 ppm, their J('3C-H) = 166.5 Hz,characteristic of
cyclopropanes, the number of signals in 13C NMR supports a CzV symmetry, with
bridgehead carbons at 7 1.0 ppm).*

Scheme 5

- N2

7 9

The two compounds 8 and 9 are stable and do not give any interconversion, either by
irradiation or thermolysis.8 Accordingly, it was calculated that the interconversion barrier
should be relatively high?."

1.2. Substituted Diazomethnes

The addition of substituted diazomethanes to Cm gives more complex mixtures. For

example, (4-methoxypheny1)diazoethane reacts with Cm affording a mixture of three
isomers. They have not been isolated, but spectroscopic studies on the

chromatographically pure mixture (1H NMR, 13C NMR, HETCOR)have allowed the
attribution of structures 10-12 to the three isomers (Scheme 6).l
In particular, HETCOR analysis shows that the methyl protons at 2.52 ppm (in 10) are
connected to the bridge and bridgehead carbons resonating at 46.96 and 80.98 ppm
respectively. In the other two isomers, the methyl protons at 1.32 and 3.19 ppm couple
with the bridge carbons at 56.06 and 52.72 ppm respectively and the bridgehead carbons at
141.50 and 141.67 in the order. The relative stereochemistry of 11and 12 (methyl on 6-
or 5-membered ring) has been assigned on the basis of ring current effects (see below).
Thermal conversion of 11and 12 to pure 10 can be achieved by heating a toluene solution
of the three isomers to reflux.' This is in agreement with teoretical calulations which have
shown that methanofullerenes are thermodynamically more stable than f~lleroids.'.~*"A
reason for this difference in stability has been attributed to the violation of Bredt's rule, as
bridgehead carbons in fulleroids possess a formal sp2 ~haracter.~

Scheme 6

@ @ ' @-
/ / / /
' '\
\ /
/ \ / \ /

10 11 12

Ar = rtmethoxyphenyl

The formation of a mixture of isomers is usually observed in the addition of diazo

compounds to C a , including a-diazoketones2 and a-dia~oamides.'~In some cases, the
mixture of isomers has been subjected to HPLC and the separated compounds have been
characterized. In all cases, the isomers formed possess exclusively the general
structures 3 or 6 (Schemes 2 and 3). Structures 4 and 5 (Schemes 2 and 3) have never
been observed. Based on a simple valence bond rationale, this energetic preference (3vs 5
and 6 vs 4) has been attributed to the general propensity of fullerenes (and C6o in
particular) for structures that avoid the presence of double bonds in 5-membered
It has in fact been suggested that double bonds in 5-membered rings increase the strain
already pment in 5-membered rings adjacent to aromatic rings.15The contribution of this
electronic configuration to the stability is so strong that, contrary to what has been found

for 1,6-methanoannulenes,there is no electronic effect in fulleroids and methanofullerenes.

In 1,6-methanoannulenes electron-withdrawing groups (e. g., cyan0 groups) favor the
cyclopropane form, whereas weak donors (e. g., methyl groups) favor the open
On the contrary, in the case of methanofullerenes and fulleroids, even with two strong
electron-donating groups, such as two methoxy groups, only the methanofullerene form
has been detected (3,R = R' = OMe).'*
Conversion to the thermodynamically more stable component (from 6 to 3) can be
successfully achieved in most cases by heating the isomeric mixtures. The isomerization
process can also be performed electrochemically. Upon accepting the third electron in
solution, fulleroid 13 is converted to the corresponding trianion of methanofullerene 14.
Bulk electrolysis allows the quantitative conversion of 13 to 14 on a macroscopic scale.16

Scheme 7

H J y

@ @
\ / '

/ \
\ / '

1.3. Applications

The addition of diazo compounds to Cm has proven very efficient and versatile. For
instance,diary1 methanofullerenes 15 have been pEpared with many different substituents
on the phenyl rings (Scheme 81.5
Methanofullerene 15h was further elaborated in order to prepare a water-soluble
fullerene derivative. On the basis of model building studies, it was indeed found that the
fullerene sphere fits the mostly hydrophobic active site of the HIV- 1 protease (HIVP).I7 It
was also suggested that a fullerene derivative might inhibit another HIV enzyme, i. e.,
reverse transcriptase. Design considerations required that the specifically desi ned
fullemne derivatives have polar functional groups at one end of the carbon cluster.' For
any experimental confirmation of this pEmise, a water soluble Cm derivative was needed.
1 57

Scheme 8

a, R = H; b, R = CH,; c, R = OCH,; d, R = Br; e, R = N(CH3),;
f, R = COOPh; g, R = OH; h. R = (CH,)zNHC(O)CH,

Thus, the amide groups in 1% were hydrolyzed and the resulting amino groups were
acylated with succinic anhydride.'* Bis-acid 16 (Scheme 9) was found to inhibit acutely
and chronically HIV-1 infected human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) with
an Ecso of 7 pM,while showing no cytotoxicity in uninfected PBMCt9 as well as whole
animals (rnice)?O

Scheme 9



The computational work, but especially the experimental results, generated great
excitement on the possible biological applications of fullerene derivatives.
Methanofullerenes containing amino acids 1712and 1813were soon prepared, and also a

pentapeptide was attached to Cm (Scheme lo)?' Fulleropeptide 19 was found to possess

both the fullerene and the peptide properties, with a reciprocal weak influence of the two

Scheme 10

17 18


Ala = alanine
19 Aib = a-aminoisobutyric acid

Dihydroxymethanofullerene 15g (Scheme 8) is a rather versatile intermediate in the

preparation of Ca-containing materials. By reaction of 15g with sebacoyl chloride or with
hexamethylene diisocyanate, the two charm-bracelet-type polymers 20 and 21 respectively
(Scheme 11) were synthesized and characterized.22 Cyclic voltammetry and UV-Vis
spectroscopy showed a remarkable retention of the electronic structure of the C6o
In a related work, the two phenolic groups in 15g, located at the surface of the
functionalized fullerene, were covalently attached, via bromide displacement, to a fourth-
generation d e n d r i m ~ This
. ~ ~ resulted in a well-defined macromolecule containing a

fullercne unit with a greater control over the formation of polymer-fullerene hybrid

Scheme 11

f O(CH&X$-n (-NHC

20 21

A sort of dimeric methanofullerenes (23 and 25) can be obtained by reaction of Go

with bis-diazocompounds 22 and 24 (Scheme 12).24

vN2 /

Scheme 12




24 25

Compounds 23 and 25 can be considered basic units of "pearl necklace" polymers, in

which, contrary to 20 and 21, the methanofullerene becomes part of the polymer
Reaction of Cm with diary1diazo compound 26, bearing a benzo-18-crown-6 moiety25
(or a benzo-15-crown-5)14led to the preparation of methanofullerene 27.

Scheme 13


@ \
\ / '

This latter product was successfully used to exploit the possibility of analyzing fullerene
derivatives by elecaospray ionization mass spectrometry. It is also expected that 2725(and
its benzo-15-crown-5 a n a l o g ~ e )may
' ~ form host-guest complexes with selective binding
of metal ions.

1.4. Other Approaches to Methanofullerenes

It is clear from Sections 1.1 and 1.2 that fulleroids and methanofuIlerenes are formed
by nitrogen extrusion from the pyrazoline intermediate, in turn originated from
cycloaddition of the diazo compound to the most reactive double bond of Cm, i. e., the
6,6-ring junction. From a literature s e a r ~ h , ' ~it~ is
* ~easy to realize that all reactions
involving c60 occur at this site, and that 5,6-adducts (fulleroids) are formed only as
rearrangement products (see also Section 3, below). Based on this premise, it is also
reasonable to assume that, any reactive carbene will attack the same double bond of C a to
give addition products (1 + 2 cycloaddition) exclusively at the 6,6-ring junction, i. e.,

Sugar diazirines, considered precursors of nucleophilic or amphiphilic carbenes, have

been successfully added to Cm. giving rise to fullerene sugars (Scheme 14).*' These
products are considered suitable substrates for the investigation of biochemical and
pharmncological properties of fullerenes.

Scheme 14

R = CH2Ph 28

Dichlorocarbene was produced by pyrolysis of sodium trichloroacetate and added to the

6.6-ring junction of Cm to give the CzVsymmetrical adduct 29 (Scheme

Scheme 15

C b C l


The reactive vinyl carbene 30,generated by thermolysis of a cyclopropene precursor,

was allowed to react with Q to give methanofullerene 31 (Scheme 16)."
Ketene acetal31 was easily hydrolyzed on Amberlyst 15 yielding the stable ester 32.It
is inkresting to note that this [ 1 + 21 cycloaddition occurred when R = H or Ph, whereas a
[3 + 21 cycloaddition was observed when R = Et, leading to a cyclopentene derivative of

Scheme 16


4 0 R

32 31

The highly nucleophilic dimethoxycarbene can be generated by thermolysis of

oxadiazole 33 and easily added to Ca affording the interesting methanofullerenone acetal
34.12.29 Any attempt to hydrolyze 34 to the parent ketone failed under a variety of
condition^?^ The only characterizable compound formed in these attempts was the methyl
ester 35. This ester was found to be reluctant to further transformations. While showing
no reaction under different conditions, 35 gave oxidative decarboxylation to Cm when
moce drastic conditions were applied.

Scheme 17

33 34 35

A completely different way of preparing methanofullerenes has been reported by

Bingel, via nucleophilic addition of a-stabilized carbanions to C60, followed by
intramolecular substitution of the halogen (Scheme 17):'
Scheme 18

B 4 - COOEt
- NaBr, - H2
\ / '
\ /

36 37

The reaction, which occurs at the 6.6-ring junction of Ca, proved valid for a variety of
nuclaophiles, generated by deprotonation of diethyl bromomalonate (36),methyl 2-
chloroacetylacetate, obromoacetophenone, and desyl chloride (and DBU as the base).30
The addition of dimethyl bromomalonate to C6o was used by Hirsch to study the
regiochemistry of multiple additions to C a (see Section 1.Q3'
The same reaction, applied to C70,has represented one of the very few examples of
functionalizationof this other fullerene. The addition gave one predominant isomer.3o

1.5. Electronic Properties of FuUeroids and Methanofillerenes

Fullemids and C a have 60 '#' electrons. and consequently, their electronic spectra are
almost superimposable (Fig. 1). The saturation of a double bond in methanofullerenes

changes the original 60 x electron configuration of Cm into a 58 n electron array. A

corresponding change in the visible absorption spectrum can be observed (Fig. 2).'+16

0.20 1 I I I
I 0.20 ; I I 1 I



Wavelength (nm) Wavelength (nm)

Fig. 1 (left). Vis absorption spectrum of 13 (solid line) and Cs0(dotted line).
Fig. 2 (right). Vis absorption spectrum of 14 (solid line) and C, (dotted line.).

The maximum in the broad band between 450 and 650 nm in C a is hypsochromically
shifted and the fiie structure near 600 nm is lost in methanofullerenes. Other characteristic
features are a sharp band near 430 nm and a weak band around 700 nm. These latter two
relatively weak absorption bands appear to be typical of all dihydrofullerenes, i. e., C6o
derivatives with a saturated double bond. ***

1.6.Electrochemical Properties

Diary1 fulleroids and methanofullerenes (15) retain most of the C6o exceptional
electrochemical properties. Little difference is observed between the two classes of
derivatives when subjected to cyclic voltammetry experiments. Both species experience a
shift of the first reduction potential to more negative values of about 100-150 mV with
respect to C a , irrespective of the substitutent on the aryl rings. It was also observed that
fulleroids may rearrange to the corresponding methanofullerenes upon taking the third
electron in solution (see above. Section 1.2).16
A particular case is represented by the spiro-annulated methanofullerenes 38 (Scheme
19). It was found that, contrary to the diary1 methanofullerenes 15, the cyclic voltammetric
behavior of 38 is very sensitive to the presence of substituents on the fluorene
~ n o i e t y ? ~With
, ~ ~electron-donating groups (38b) the reduction potentials are shifted to
more negative values, even relative to 15.

Scheme 19

38 39
b, R = N(CH,Ph),
C. R = NO2

On the other hand, the first reduction potential becomes less negative if strong electron-
attracting groups are placed in the 9-fluorenyl moiety (38~).The most remarkable case is
represented by 9-azafluorenyl-methanofullerene39, whose first potential wave is slightly
less negative than C a itself (Table 1). The effect becomes more dramatic going to higher
reduction potentials. The third and fourth steps for 38c and 39 are = 0.5 V less negative
and thus these adducts are much better acceptors than Q.

Table 1. Cyclic Voltammetry of Cm, 15a, 38a-c, and 39

peak position (mV)

compds El E2 E3 E4 E5
cao -228 -826 -1418 -1916
15a -335 -920 -1470 - 1929
38a -287 -857 -1077 -1559 -2140
38b -376 -927 -1533 -2093
38c -268 -658 -898 - 1447 -1872
39 -227 -675 -958 - 1460 -1969

Conditions: Pt working and counter electrodes; scan rate, 100 mVk; AglAgCY3M NaC1,
reference electrode; Ferrocene internal reference (+ 620 mV); 0.1 M TEiABF4 in THF.

This particular property of spiromethanofullerenes 38 can be attributed to their different

geometry from that of diarylmethanofullerenes 15. The fluorenyl plane is held rigidly
perpendicular to the surface of the spheroid, whereas in methanofullerenes 15 the phenyl
rings are free to rotate, but prefer to lie parallel to the R surface.6 There is the
possibility, in the case of spiro compounds 38. for a novel type of conjugation, akin to,
but not the same as, spiroconjugation, which has been named p e r i c ~ n j u g a t i o n .The
spatial arrangement of the molecular orbital may be responsible for a through-space
interaction between the fluorenyl moiety and the spheroid, which thus becomes sensitive to
electronic changes in the fluorenyl ~ o u n t e r p a r t . ~ ~ . ~ ~

1.7. Magnetic Properties of Fulleroids and Methanofullerenes

In general, the functionalizationchemistry of Cm has offered the possibility of placing

proton probes (absent in the original Cm molecule) around the surface of the fullerene. In
this way, the elusive magnetic properties of Ca can be investigated. In this respect,
fulleroids and methanofullerenes are derivatives of choice. As already seen in Section 1.1,
fulleroid 8 shows one of the most remarkable examples of difference in chemical shift
between two geminal protons (At3 = 3.48 ppm). This effect is clearly due to local ring
currents on the fullerene surface. Recent theoretical investigations on Cm have assigned
strong paramagnetic currents to 5-membered rings (5-MRs) and weak diamagnetic c m n t s
to 6-membered rings ( ~ - M R s ) .Assuming
~ ~ - ~ ~ that the ring currents are also operative in
the homorings of 8. the two protons can be assigned: the doublet at 2.87 ppm to the proton
over a 6-MR, and the doublet at 6.35 pprn to the proton over a 5-MR.36
The case of methanofullerene 40 is even more suitable for confirming Pasquarellos
computational work.

Not only has 40 a proton a which lies exactly on a 5-MR of the spheroid, but also has
a reference proton, i. e., a chemically equivalent proton b far from the magnetic influence
of the fullerene surface which may serve as a comparison with proton a. The 1H NMR

spectrum of 40 fully confirms the paramagnetic properties of 5-MRs in C a . Proton a

resonata as a doublet at 6.7 ppm, remarkably deshielded relative to proton b (4.6 p p n ~ ) . ~ ~

1.8. Multiple Additions and Relative Regiochemistry

The addition of more than one carbene unit to Ca can result in the formation of bis-,
tris-, tetrakis-, pentakis- and hexakis-adducts. In the case of addition of diphenyl
diazomethane.each adduct has been isolated and characterized. Due to the high number of
possible regioisomers each chromatographically pure fraction consists of many
components which give rather broad signals in IH NMR spectra. The hexakis adduct
shows a somewhat sharper NMR pattern, where all the phenyl groups have become
equivalent. The most symmetrical arrangment. the octahedral adduct 41. may be
responsible for the simplified spectrum.6



The regiochemistry of addition has been studied in detail in the case of bromomalonate
addition in basic ambient (see Section 1.4).31 Seven bis-adducts have been separated by
preparative HPLC and characterized by UV-Vis. *Hand 13CNMR, IR spectroscopies.
The assignment of the structure is based on a combination of symmetry and polarity
reasoning. Surprisingly, the most symmetrical and less polar bis-adduct, with two
addends at opposite poles of the sphere, is the minor component (and the least soluble) in
the bis-adduct mixture. The low yield of this bis-adduct has been justified as the
statistically less favored (one site of attack versus four equivalent sites for the other
The isomerically pure bis-adducts were separately subjected to further reaction to give
mixtures of tris-adducts. The major components in the relative mixtures were separated
and characterized. Successive reactions and separations led eventually to the isolation of
the pure symmetrical hexakis-adduct.

2. Fullerene Oxides

The fullerene oxide, CcjoO (42), was isolated under two different oxidative conditions.
An oxygenated benzene solution of C a was irradiated with UV-Vis light and the epoxide
42 isolated in 7% yield. Addition of benzil as sensitizer improved the yield of 42 and
accelerated the oxidation mction?

Scheme 20

42 43

In a different work, dimethyl dioxirane was employed as the oxidizing agent, and 42
was isolated along with a 13-dioxolane adduct>8
Both research groups discuss the smctute determination of the product and assign the
6.6 ring-closed (epoxide) structure 42 to the fullerene oxide based on the following: (a)
the detection of a carbon resonance at 90-91 ppm, attributed to the epoxide carbons; (b) the
number of carbon resonances (17), which is in agreement only with a symmetry
Recently, the X-ray crystal structure determination of an iridium complex of 42 has
been reported. The interatomic C-C bond distance in the epoxide was determined as 1.478
CcjoO was found to be relatively stable, although it converts back to C a either during
chromatography on neutral alumina3 or in refluxing toluene?*
Rather surprisingly, and in contrast to the case of fulleroids and methanofullerenes
(Section 1.2) theoretical calculations give the 5,6 open isomer 43 slightly more stable than
42. lo The interconversion barrier between the two isomers was evaluated to about 60-75
kcaYmol, depending on the direction. As 5,6 open compounds (1,6-fulleroids) are
probably produced only through nitrogen extrusion from a pyrazoline intermediate
(Sections 1.1 and 1.2), it should be possible, at least in principle, to prepare the 5,6 open
isomer 43 (so far never isolated) by controlled ozonization. The molozonide intermediate
might loose oxygen and then, perhaps, give the more stable 5,6 isomer or, at least, a

mixture of the two isomers. In a recent paper on the ozonization of CmO has been
indeed detected by mass spectrometry.40
CaOo (42) shows a UV-Vi spectrum very similar to that of the methanofullerenes(see
Section 1.5). The cyclic voltammetry of 42 has been reported/* Although CmO gives
only bversible reduction waves, differential pulse voltammetry and Osteryoung square
wave voltammetry indicate that the first duction peak is shifted to less negative potentials
relative to C a . This is unusual, as in most cases monoaddition derivatives of Ctjo are
shifted by 100-150 mV to more negative values (cf. Section 1.6). The surprising
electrwhmical behavior of CmO has been interpteted in terns of electronegativity of the
oxygen atom?*
The presence of oxygen has also been found to improve the rather poor amphiphilic
properda of Qjo. Good quality Langmuir films of 42 were obtained, probably due to the
formation of hydrogen bond interactionswith the water layer."

3. Azahrlleroids and Fullerene Aziridines

Nitrogen homologues of fulleroids and merhanofullerenes have been prepared via

addition of aliphatic azides to A very intriguing result has been reported by Wudl and
coworker^?^ Azidw 44 add to Qo in refluxing chlorobenzene to give two monoaddition
products, A and 45. A is a compound of unsolved structure, that, upon additional
heating, converts quantitatively into 45 (Scheme 21)?3 Based on a combination of NMR
study (IH,13C and 15N). the azafulleroid structure was assigned to 45.

Scheme 21


a, R = OCH2CH2SiCH3
b, R = C,H,
R = 4-OCH3-C,H,
d, R = 4-Br-C6H4
The major problem in attributing the correct structure to A was the detection (for Aa) of
a 1% resonance as low as 159.8 ppm for two equivalent carbons bound to the nitrogen

bridge. This, of course, necessarily ruled out the possibility of a triazoline, the obvious
intermediate in the 1.3-dipolar cycloaddition of azides to olefins.
The cyclic voltammetry of 45 shows that the reduction potentials are shifted to more
negative values relative to Cm, showing that the electronegative atom plays a minor role in
this case (cf. Section 2).
Azamethanofullerenes (or fullerene aziridines) have been obtained in the addition of
azido formic esters to Cm (Scheme 22).''''-&

Scheme 22

R = N-phthalimido
R = C00-2,4,6-ui-t-butyl-phenyl
\ / '/


The contrast with the formation of azafulleroids reported above for the addition of alkyl
azides is only apparent, as in the present case addition of nitrene species directly to a 6.6
ringjunction of C a may be operative.

4. Eullerene Siliranes

There is only one example, so far, of silylene addition to C ~ OTrisilane

. ~ ~ 47, the
silylene precursor, was irradiated in a toluene solution of c60. Purification by
chromatography afforded 48 in 58% yield.
The structural assignement of 48 relied mainly on l3C NMR spectroscopy. The
number of signals is diagnostic of a ClV structure and a signal at 71.12 ppm was easily
attributed to the sp3 carbons of the silirane 1ing.4~AM1 molecular orbital calculations on
the reaction between diphenylsilylene and C a confirmed that the 6,6ring-closed is the
preferred product, being much more stable than the 5,6ring-open.
The UV-Vis absorption spectrum is typical of most monoaddition derivatives of Qo.

Scheme 23

hv c60
DipzSi(SiCH,), c Dip2Si:


Dip =

The cyclic voltammetry of 48 is impressive in that the reduction potentials m shifted to

more negative values even relative to diary1 methanofullerenes15.'" Peak potentials by
DPV show that in 48 the presence of the electropositive silicon group facilitate the the

5. Conclusions

The products of additiodinsertion of methylene groups (and their 0, N, Si

homologues) to carbon-carbon bonds of C6o represent a very fascinating class of
derivatives. The difficulty in the c o m t interpretationof the structure. the possibility of
isometization among these molecules as well as their different electronic properties make
these compounds uncommonly interesting. Many questions still remain open, such as why
the parent C61H2 fulleroid 8 does not isomerize to its methanofullerene analogue 9, or
what ia b e structure of compound A in Scheme 21, or how long it will take to prepm all
the possible isomers in each class of derivatives (e. g., 5.6 open oxide and 5,6-
silafulbmid have not yet been experimentally observed). There is currently intense effort
directed at answering these and other questions in this very lively research fEld.

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Chapter 10
Cycloadditions to c60
Mark S.Meier
Chemistry Department, University of Kentucky, Lexington 40506-0055,USA
This chapter describes the cycloaddition chemistry of C a and C70 and some further
chemistry of the cycloadducts. Cycloadditions'-* are widely used in synthesis for the
construction of a wide variety of carbocycles and heterocycles. These reactions are
particularly attractive for modification of fullerenes, since the two bonds formed between
the adduct and the fullerene will be in well-defined positions relative to each other. There
are 23 possible isomers for a simple disubstituted fullerene such as C d 2 p yet only two
isomers would result from most conceivable cycloaddition reactions. The two most
likely such isomers correspond to addition across one of the double bonds of & (the 1,2
positions, the fusion of two six membered rings) or addition across a diene unit (the 1.4
positions). Direct addition across two carbons in the same five membered ring are
unlikely (and unobserved), since these bonds are best characterized as single bonds.
The superalkene structure of fullerenes (Figure 1) presents a number of opportunities
for cycloadditions. There are several questions to be answered here. First, in what types
of cycloadditions will Cm participate? Second, will C a participate as a 2n component or
a 4n component? The answer to the first question is that fullerenes react in many
different types of cycloadditions, the answer to the second seems to be that fullerenes
react preferentially as 2n components.

Figure 1. Buckminsterfullerene (c60.1). The back side of the sphere is not shown.

The reaction of Qo with cy~lopentadiene~~~ was among the first reported chemical
reactions of a fullerene. Diels-Alder reactioris normally occur between electron deficient
dienophiles and electron rich dienes, and low dienophile LUMO energies facilitate the
reaction. In practice, the Diels-Alder reaction of C6o with cyclopentadiene is a facile
process, taking place rapidly at room temperature. Dissolving C a in neat cyclopenta-
diene results in the addition of as many as 15 equivalents of the diene.4s5 The mono-
adduct 2 has been prepared in 74% yield by careful treatment of C6o with a slight excess
(1.2 equivalents) of cyclopentadiene in benzene solution at room temperature, and
purified by flash chromatography on silica gel using a hexane-dichloromethanemobile
phase?.' The Cs symmetry, resulting from [4+2] addition across a double bond (the 1,2
positions) at the fusion of two six membered rings of C& was assigned based on the *3C
N M R spectrum. A total of 34 lines are expected in the 13C spectrum, and 33 are
observed, with one line presumably obscured by a solvent (benzene) resonance.


Intenstingly, 33 lines are also expected for the product of addition across the 1,2
positions (3). This [6+4] mode of addition can not be distinguished from [4+2] addition
across the 1,4 positions by 13C NMR. but is not likely since it forces two double bonds to
localized in five membered rings, an arrangement that is not favorable.*v9 Crystal
structures of other Diels-Alder adducts (see below) have confirmed a [4+2] mode of
addition a m s s the 1,2 positions.

The Cgj-cyclopentadieneadduct 2 is found even in crude fullerene extract prepared
from soot produced in oxygen-poor benzene flames.6 This surprising result is due to the
natural Occumnce of cyclopentadiene in flames, and the apparent cycloaddition of the
two components either in the flame or, more likely, in the soot or tolueqe extract thereof.
Cycloreversion of 2 to C a and cyclopentadiene occurs quite easily, proceeding quickly
at 95 'C.6
The cycloreversion of 2 complicates the mass spectrometric analysis of this
compound and others.6*'0 Reduction of 2 with a slight positive pressure of hydrogen over
Pt02 catalyst produces 4 (Eq.21, which is substantially less prone to cycloreversion in the
mass spocmmeter than the parent 2.7 Under these reaction conditions the Qo moiety in
2 (and @ itself) is unreactive. Tieatment of 2 with bromine (1 equivalent) produces
dibromide 5 in which only the cyclopentene moiety has undergone bromination (Eq. 3).
While &reacts with neat bromine," it does not react with dilute solutions of bromine,"
and the fullcrene moiety in 2 is clearly less reactive than the cyclopentene moiety.

H2 (75 rnm)


Tetra- and hexaadducts of cyclopentadiene can be obtained by treatment of Qio with

larger amounts of cyclopentadiene, and the remaining non-fullerene double bonds can be
reduced as above.7
Pentamethylcyclopentadienereacts with both C a and C70 (at the 1,2- and 19-bonds
respectively to give 6 and 7,in each of which the methyl p u p s attached to the single
bridge, point away from the cage.12 Rapid addition to the highly pyramidalized, Ca -
like positions in C70 has been seen in the formation of metal c o m p l e x e ~ ' ~and
* ' ~in the
addition of Os04l5 and H2.


6 7
Anthracene forms a Diels-Alder adduct with Ca,although higher temperatures are
required? The monoadduct (8) can be obtained in 13% yield after heating Ca with 10
equivalents of anthracene in refluxing toluene for three days, and purification with

column chromatography on silica using CS2 as the mobile phase (Eq. 4).16 The use of
molten naphthalene as solvent increases the yield of this reaction to 6796.
Cyclmversion occurs between 120 C and 190 C in the solid state (by -A).

The nversibility of the Diels-Alderreaction of Cm with cyclopentadieneand with
anthractne has lead several research groups to investigate methodology that would render
the addition irreversible. Reaction of Q,o with diene 9 over 5 hours at 110 C produces
11 in 60%yield. The initial adduct 10 is an unstable 7-oxonorbornadienewhich
undergoes rapid, spontaneous loss of CO, producing 11 which is stable toward
cyclmersion (Eq. 5).18 Crystallography revealed that 11 adopts a boat conformation in
the solid state; the activation barrier for boat-boat interconversionis 14.6 kcaymole as
measund by variable temperature NMR. This barrier is 7 kcal/mole higher than the
barrier for cyclohexene.

10 11

Quinadlmethanes and Quinomethides

A difEerent approach that gives a very similar product is the reaction of Ca with o-
quinodimethanes(0-xylylene, 13).19 Generation of 13 in the presence of & leads to a
1:l adduct (14)and a 1:2 adduct (15 is one of three possible isomers). These were
separated from unreacted %by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and obtained in
88% and 7% yield, respectively (based on converted Ca)(Eq.6). The structures of 14

and 15 were determined by a combination of lH and 13CNMR spectroscopy. The

observation of 17 resonances from sp2 carbon atoms, suggesting a CzVproduct, provided
evidence for rapid (on the 13C NMR time scale) conformational inversion of the
cyclohexene unit in 14.

12 13

14 15
This methodology has been extended to the preparation of fullerene derivatives
containing ionophores?O
The other isomer of 13, p-xylylene (17). can be prepared by pyrolysis of
paracyclophane (16). Cycloadditions of p-xylylene and Ca are not possible and radical
polymerization occurs (Eq. 71.2~The resulting Cm-xylylene copolymer contains on
between three and four p-xylylene units per C a unit and is thermally stable to 475 'C.

@-=(=+.+-. 650 'C (7)

\ /
16 17

A further extension of this reaction is the addition of 18 to (Equation 8).19

Adduct 19 was isolated from the reaction mixture by GPC,although in this case the
retention time was very similar to the retention time of C a , making the separation


The highly reactive diene isobenzofuran (20, essentially a quinodimethane)also

undagocs Diels-Alder addition to Ca,resulting in adduct 21 (46% yield) which is stable
toward cyclmversion and toward acid (Eq.9>.=

20 21

Thermolysisof 0-hydroxy benzyl alcohol provides highly reactive quinone methide

(22). This s ies undergoes a Diels-Alderreaction with CtjO to produce benzopyran 23
in 50% yielg&xi on converted %(Eq. 10).

22 23
Acycllc l,3=Dienes
A similar approach has been used to construct fullerene-containingdonor-acceptor
systems with a rigid bridge se mating the electron donor group @-dimethoxyphenyl)
from the acceptor (fullerene).% Slow addition of the 1.3-diene 24 to a hot solution of
produces 25 in virtually quantitativeyield based on unrecovered C a (63%yield, 99%
based on UNtcOvered Ca).% Crystallography revealed that, as in quinodimethane
adducts, the cyclohexene fused to the fullerene in 25 adopts a chair conformation in the
solid mtc.


An httresting study, comparing the reactivity of Ca with other dienophiles, has
suggested that Ca i s about as reactive as N-phenylmaleirnide in Diels-Alder reactions

with acyclic 1-phenyl-1.3 dienes (26).= Yields of 27 in these reactions range from 25%
(R = CH3) to 34% (R = H).

&02> cm
PhH, room temp. r 0 - l (12)


26 27

Oxygenated Dienes
Oxygenated 13-dienes add to Qjo under fairly mild conditions. Heating a mixture of
and diene 28, followed by silica gel chromatography, produces ketone 29 in 59%
yield from Qjo. Further functionalintion of 29 has been achieved through reduction of
29 with diisobutyl aluminum hydride (DIBAL) in toluene, which produces alcohol 30 in
93% yield (Eq. 13). This alcohol has been acylated with protected amino acids using
standard DCC methodology to produce peptides as esters with 30?6

/ toluene. reflux

28 29


The fullerene group exerts a strong influence on the *HNMR chemical shifts of
protons on the cyclohexanone ring of 29. A difference of over 2.5 ppm is observed for
one of the protons (Ha)relative to protons at the 2-position of cycbhexanone. Variable
temperature N M R experiments have shown that the activation bamer for interconversion
of cyclohexanonering conformations in 29 is 12 kcalhnole, which is substantially higher
than the barrier in cyclohexanone itself, so it is clear that the fullerene group can
influence the normal behavior and spectroscopy of substituents.
Even more highly oxygenated dienes participate in Diels-Alder reactions with %.
Diene 31 (Danishefskys diene) adds readily to & to produce, after acid hydrolysis of
the resulting silyl enol ether, ketone 32 in 39% yield.= Treatment with trifluoroacetic
acid results in elimination of methanol, giving enone 33 (Eq.14). Mass spectrometric

analysis of 33 only showed the m/e 720 line correspondingto Ca rather than the parent
ion canespondin to 33, sug esting that cycloreversionis facile under FAB conditions.
Tagging 33 withi6 (R = H) !ollowcd by electrospray MS resulted in a derivative that
could be analyzed by elecaospray mass spectrometry,a technique mild enough for the
enone to survive.

2. H30+
31 32 33
-diton reactions almost invariably involve heteroatoms at one or
both terminus of the 1.3 dipole, and as a result these reactions form new carbon-
heteroatom bonds as well as new carbon-carbon bonds. The reaction of Ca with a
variety of different 13dipoles have been reported, and one of these, the addition of
diazoaliranss, is the most highly developed reaction in fullerene chemistry. This reaction,
and the addition of alkyl azides as well, are fully discussed elsewhere and therefore will
be discussedin a most cursory fashion here.

Heating a solution of (trimethylsily1ethoxy)methyl azide (34) and Cm in
chlorobenzeneproduces two products, one of which is identified as azafulleroid 35 (30%
yield), &e other of which (24% yield) is converted to 35 upon heating. The 1,3-dipolar
addition of azides to Ca presumably proceeds through mazole intermediate 36,but 36
itself is not observed. Instead, the reaction produces the equivalent of nitrene insertion,
resulting in fullemid type structure 35 (Eq.15).27 A number of other alkyl and aryl
azides undergo similar reactions?*28

Phcl mflux - (15)

34 35


There are many examples of the addition of diazoalkanes to C60.29-35The 1.3-dipolar

addition of a variety of diazoalkanes takes place across the 1.2 positions (a 6,6 ring
fusion), forming Al-pyrazoline 37. In some cases, this intermediate has been isolated and
characterized?0 although the common outcome of these reactions is the expulsion of
nitrogen and ring closure to afford either a "fulleroid" or a methan~fullerene?~

Methanofullerenes have also been prepared by the addition of diethyl bromomalonate
anion to ~ 6 0 . 3 6 3 7

Nitrile oxides
Nitrile oxides 38 also react as 1,3 dipoles with C a , producing A24soxazolines39 as
products3839 in yields that are typically 35% (65% based on recovered Q) after
purification by gel permeation chromatography (Eq. 16).38 The cycloaddition has proven
to be quite general and has been used to produce a number of compounds with different
substituents at C-3.

38 39
R = Me, Et, COzEt, Ph, PhOMe, (CH2)&02Et

The 13C N M R spectra of these compounds indicate that the addition takes place
across the 1,2 positions (a 6-6 ring fusion). The correct number of lines are observed in
the I3C spectrum, consistent with the Cs symmetry of 39. These similarities support the
structural assignment over a fulleroid-type struchire.
These compounds are highly resistant to cycloreversion and are stable in solution
above 250 'C for extended periods of time. They are also resistant to most of the reagents
that are commonly used to reductive13 cleave isoxazoline rings. Nitrile oxides also add to
C70 to produce a mixture of isomeric monoadducts in a roughly 1:1:1
Sulfinimide 40 undergoes 1,3-polar addition with excess Cm to produce isothiazole
4 1 in 14% yield after purification by GPC, along with small amounts of diadduct (Eq.

17):' The use of a large excess of 40 leads to the formation of a hexaaduct, obtained in
high yield (97%) but as a mixture of isomers.

40 41

The 1% NMR spectrum of 41 provided good evidence for addition across the 1.2
positioaa (a 6,6 ring fusion). The appearanceof a single unsplit resonance, different from
that of the starting mateiai, is expected from this mode of addition and addition across
other positions would product two different 19F signals.

Hating methyknecyclopropene42 provides access to a mmethylene methane
(TMM) derivative which undergoes cycloadditionto C a to form two products, ketene
acetal43 in 34% yield and ester 44 in 27% yield after purification (Eq. 18).



43 44

The mode of addition (across the 1,2 positions) was proven by the 1H Nh4R spectrum,
which shows a singlet for the CH2 group in the cyclopentane of 44. Ester 44 is not
formed directly, but is believed to result from hydrolysis of ketene acetal45 in the course
of silica gel chromatography (Eq.19).

4s 44
This ester has proven to be highly versatile, and can be converted to a number of
derivatives, demonstratingthas chemical manipulationscan be performed on the sjde of a
fullerene derivative without adverse reactions on the fullerene nucleus itselfP2 These
reactions include acylation of the primary hydroxyl using acid chlorides or by using DCC
and Boc-protectedamino acids, and acetalizationof the primary hydroxyl. Even more
remarkably, oxidation of the primary hydroxyl can be accomplished using PCC,the
resulting aldehyde can be reduced back using EtsSiH and Tick, and Wittig chemistry is
also successful, again without undesired reactions on the fullerene moiety.
Other trimethylenemethane species form stable cycloadducts with C a . Thermolysis
of 46 in the presence of C a leads to 47, although this could not be separated from
unreacted Ca by chromatography.

46 47
Palladium-mediated addition of TMM to Cjo has been successfully canied out. In
this case, the cycloaddition involves treatment of a preformed G - P d complex with
M~=C(CH~TMS)CH~OAC, a common Th4M pre~usor?~

Carbene Adducts
Cyclopropene48 is a precursor for a functionalized allylic carbene (49) that
undergoes addition to c60 to produce two different products resulting from different
modes of addition.44 Thermolysis of 48 in o-dichIorobenzenesolution in the presence of
'& leads to the formationof ketene acetal50, which was immediately hydrolyzed to the
correspondingester 51, isolated in 44% yield after silica gel chromatography (Eq. 21).

48 49 50

The structure of 51 (R = H) was determined by 13C N M R spectroscopy. A total of 39
lines were observed, indicating a highly symmetrical adduct. A double intensity
resonance at 75.2 ppm was assigned to the fullerene sp3 carbons. In addition, the large
~Jc-H coupling constant for cyclopropane C-H is consistent with this structure. These
adducts show no tendency to rearrange to fulleroids, even at elevated temperatures (200
Cyclopmpanes (50) result when R is hydrogen or phenyl. but the reaction takes a
different course when R is ethyl, resulting in the formation of cyclopentenone ketal52.


48 (R = Et) 52

Ammethine ylides
Several different ammethine ylide 1.3-dipoles have been added to Cm. Pyrolysis of
aziridine 53 produces ylide 54, which adds to to form 55 in 40% yield (73% based on
the conversion of %)P5

53 54 55
Heating a mixture of sarcosine (56) and paraformaldehyde in toluene has been used as
a route to ammethine ylide 57, which undergoes 1,3-dipolar addition to C+joto form
pyrrolidine 58 (41% yield, 82% based on C a c o n ~ e r s i o n ) .A~ series
~ of electroactive
femne-substituted fullerenes have been prepared in this manner?6

56 57 58
Oxamlidinone 59 decomposes to an azomethine ylide in refluxing toluene and has
been used to produce pyrrolidine 60 in 72% yield based on recovered Q (Eq. 25).'5
This compound has been converted to new derivatives, including the dansylated d n e

59 60



Acid treatment of 62 also produces an azomethine ylide (63). which reacts with &
to give 64 in 50% yield (90% based on recovered starting C ~ O ) ? ~

Photolysis of a solution of disilirane 65 and % with a high-pressure mercury arc
(kc300 nm) leads to the formation of disilolane in high yield (82%).48 This reaction is

believed to proceed through electron transfer from 65 to hotoexcited a.forming a

charge transfer complex which breaks down to produce
diadduct were obtained from this reaction.
85. Only small quantities of the


65 66

S e v d p u p s have reported the reaction on C a with benzyne. Benzyne adds to Cm

in a [2+2] fashion to produce the benzannulated fullerene 67.5*49Excess benzyne (15
equivalents) leads to the production of mono-, di-, hi-, and tetra adducts, each of which
could bs isolated by GPC.S The proposed structure results from addition occurs across
the 1,2 double bond of the fullerene.

When limited amounts of benzyne are used, significant amounts of monoadduct can
be formed. At 72% conversion, the monoadduct 67 was obtained in 45% yield, the
double adduct was present in 38% yield, and the triadduct and tetraaduct in 12% and 2%
yield respectively (all as judged by mass spe~trometry):~The reaction mixture was
separated by C18 reversed-phaseHPLC into the different adducts, but individual isomers
of the Wer adducts were not separated.
Quadxicyclane (68) also undergoes thermal [2+2] addition to C ~ OAdduct . ~ 69,
obtained in 43% 'eld after purification by GPC, is subject to electrophilicattack by
phenyl nulfim~lcgoride, roducing chloride 70 in quantitative yield (Eq. 29). Addition
across a 5,6 nng fusione!t( 2.3 positions) would result in an adduct of the same
symmetry and the same number of resonances in the l3C NMR spectrum, it is believed
that this reaction proceeds at a 6,6 ring fusion (the 1,2 positions) for orbital symmetry
reasons and to avoid localizing a double bond in a five member ring.*

68 69 70

In another thermal [2+2] cycloaddition of C a , ketene acetal71 adds to Cm in high

yield (eq.30) under very mild conditions? The resulting cyclobutanone ketal suffers an
unusual fragmentation rather than the expected hydrolysis.

dioxane. PhCH,

71 72

During a study of the laser Raman spectra of thin films of C a , the Raman-active
pentagonal pinch mode of solid Q was observed to shifts2from 1469 cm-1 to 1458 cm-1
after laser irradiation in the visible or UV at laser fluences greater than 50 m W / m 2 . The
region where the laser had illuminated the film became insoluble in toluene, and laser-
desorption mass spectromemc analysis of theses films revealed that oligomers (&$),
where n = 1 to 20, were present. Based on these data, a laser-induced [2+2]
photopolymerization of the fullerene film was proposed, leading to extended three-
dimensional network as shown in figure 2.

Figure 2. Proposed structure of the fullerene photopolymer based on [2+2] photccyclo-

addidon Occurringduring laser irradiation. The polymer is most likely a irregular three-
dimensional network rather than the 2-dimensional structure implied in this drawing.

Bebw a temperature of about 250 K, the rate of polymerization is very This

conelates well with the rotational ordering temperature. In the low temperature regime,
the molecules stop rotating in the solid state and order such that double bonds are not
suitable oriented to react to form the olymer.
The lymerization is thermally5 and phot~chemically~~ reversible. While the
photo &eked film is insoluble in hot toluene, it dissolves in boiling isodurene (bp =
200 presumably by means of a thermal retro[2+2] reaction that liberates soluble Qo.

Ynamines, N,N-dimethylaminopropyne(74) in particular, undergo [2+2]
photoaddition to %to d u c e cyclobutenes 75 in excellent yield (Eq. 31).55 Unlike
most cycloadditions of &. the reaction can be driven nearly to completion without
signiflcant interference from the formation of poly-adducts. A long wavelength light is
used, and is absorbed more strongly by the Gjc~starting material than by 72.

74 7s

The photoaddition reaction probably involves an initial electron-transfer to

photoexcited (triplet) Cm from the ynamine:6 followed by coupling of the resulting
radicals. The product has an absorption spectrum that is slightly blue-shifted from that of
m. Photolysis on the long wavelength edge of the Ca absorption spectrum avoids
photoexcitationof the product and further cycloadditionsto it.
Adduct 75 has shown some very interesting and potentially useful chemical
reactivity. Upon standing in solution in the presence of air, 75 is converted to keto amide
77. The explanation put forward for this reaction is that 75, like %itself:7 is an
efficient sensitiser for 102. [2+2] Addition of 1% to 75 results in dioxirane 76 which

decomposes to ketoamide 77. Photolysis of 02-containing solutions of 74 and %

produce 77 directly in 58% yield (92% based on recovered m).

78 77
Of particular interest is the hydration of 75. The mechanism proposed for this
reaction implies that in the ring-opening step, a fullerene anion is a better leaving group
than an amine. Given the very low pK for a fullerene-hydrogen bond (5.7 for tBu-
Ws8 ), this seems plausible.

Fullerene derivatives are reactive in 12+21photocycloadditions. Irradiation of
itself with cyclohexenone in toluene solution to 25% conversion provided adduct 78 (R =
H)in 20% yield after chromatography on silica gel (Eq. 33).59 Similar results were
obtained with 3-methyl-2-cyciohexenone (R = CH3). Under appropriate conditions, as
many as seven enone units were added to the fullerene, and this photocycloaddition is
successful on methanofullerenes as well as on Ca itself.


High resolution HPLC (Buckyclutcher)indicated that 78 (R = CH3) is present as a

mixture of two compounds, and 1H NMR suggests that two diastereomers are present in a
ca. 60/40ratio. Specifically, two methyl resonances and two bridgehead C-Hresonances
appear in the 1H N M R and two different carbonyl bands appear in the IR spectrum.
These dissttnomers are believed to be the cis and the nuns-fused cycloadducts. Two
isomen wcre observed with 78 (R = H), and in this case H-H coupling constants were
found to be consistent with the assignmentof cis and trans-fused cycloadducts. The
diastemmcrs of 78 (R 5: CH3) were separated and the individual enunriomers of each
diastemmer were separated using chiral WLC.60

The Cm fullerene is a reactive 2~ electron component that participates in a wide
variety of cycloaddition reactions but does not function as a 4rr component, despite the
presence of diene substructures. Addition occurs invariably involves the 1,Zdouble bond
(the 6,6-ring fusion). Fullerenes react with many different 1,3-dienesin good yields to
give Diels-Alder products that are often stable toward cycloreversion. The cyclohexenes
f o m 4 adopt boat conformations,although some are conformationallymobile on the
N M R dme scale.
The addition of a variety of carbenes, 1,3-dipoles,and trimethylenemethaneshave
been x r tcd ,and these adducts tend to be very stable toward cycloreversion. While
diazo ne adducts (pyrazolines) will decompose by loss of nitrogen. adducts of C2jo
with azomethineylides, nitrile oxides, and sulfinimines tend to be thermally stable to
high mmture.
Chemical manipulationsof the cycloadducts have been success in a number of cases.
The production of single isomers of chemically versatile fullerene derivatives makes
cycloadditionsthe most productive route to the preparation of novel fullerene derivatives.

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Chapter 1 1
Formation of Anions and Electrophilic Addition
Roger Taylor

The strong electron withdrawal by the fillerene cages makes them very
unreactivetowards most electrophiles.However this obstacle can be reduced because the
cages readily add electrons to give anionic species. Hitherto, these negatively charged
derivativesof lllerenes have been referred to generally, and sometimes rather loosely, as
fbllerides. Before discussing the chemistry it is necessary to review the ways in which
anions can be formed, and describe the correspondingnomenclature:
1. Anions formed by proton loss from a hydrogenated fbllerene (there are no
examples yet) should be called e.g. 1,2-dihydro[60]fiUeren-l-ide (loss of H+ from
position 1).
2. Anions formed by addition of a negatively charged nucleophile are called e.g. ,
2chloro[60]fbllerenel-uide (addition of CI-to position 2, charge at position 1).
3. Addition of a single electron gives rise to a radical anion and radical anions
should be described either as hllerene radical anions or as e.g. fidlerene-1-elide, where
the anion is located at the 1-position.
In the literature to date there has been conhion as to the species produced by
electron addition, and these have, more often than not been referred to as anions when in
fact they are radical anions.If an even number of single electrons are added it is possible,
though by no means certain (because delocalisation of electrons over the fbllerene
surface is poor) that the spare single electrons will combine to form a bond, giving a true
anion. However, if an odd number of electrons are added, then a radical anion must be
1. Electron Addition
Up to six electrons can be reversibly added, either electrochemically or by
reduction with sodium in liquid ammonia, to each of [60]-and [irO]fullerenes to give up
to Cm6' and C?o6-,respective1y.I For [84]fillerene up to five electrons have been
electrochemically added2 to give C8405-,though it is probable that six can be
accommodated altogether (see below).
The locations of the added electrons for [60]-and [70]fbllerenes can be
reasonably assumed to be at the pyracyclene units (Fig. 1, cf ref. 3) there being six of

I nc

Figure 1 Electron addition to a pyracyclene unit in fullerenes

these. The advantage of such addition is that as well as creating aromaticity in the
pentagonal rings, the octahedral location of the pyracyclene units in [60]fUllerene results
in the creations of eight isolated benzenoid rings with increased delocalisation(see Chap.
3). For [70]fillerene, addition at the pyracyclene units will produce an aromatic
equatorial region somewhat related to that proposed to exist in C70H-36;~both the D2
and D2d isomers of [84]%llerene also contain six pyracyclene moieties in their
structures. [76]Fullerene has been shown, electrochemically, to add up to five
electron^^^^ (possibly a sixth) whilst [78]fillerene also adds six electrons.6 Neither
(60]-, [70]-, [76]-, [78]-, nor [84&llerenes undergo single-electron reversible oxidation
(electron removal from the cage)6, and in the case of [76]fillerene, this contrasts with an
earlier claim to the contrary
If the fillerene cage has electron-donatinggroups attached then one could expect
that electron attachment will be more difficult. This has been demonstrated to be the case
with [60]fidlerene possessing Ni, Pd, or Pt ligands, for here the number of reversible
reduction waves observed electrochemically is reduced 7
The picture is however rather more complicated than indicated by the above
analysis, as indicated by the reactions of the anions with electrophiies, for more than six
groups are ultimately added to the cages, and this is discussed firther below.
Research to date has concentrated on (a) methods of making the anions (and of
[60]fbllerene in particular), and (b) adding as few electrons as possible to the cage.
Compared to the intensive effort being devoted to the production of cycloadducts, this
area has been relatively neglected A difficulty is perceived to be the formation of the
monoanions and hence derivatives, the problem being compounded of course by the fact
that the addition sites are relatively isolated from one another, so that there is no great

electrostatic repulsion to the incoming additional electrons. Moreover, delocalisation of

electrons over the surface of the cage is relatively poor because this introduces double

bonds into pentagons which is a dest ilising feature.8 Thus for example it is possible to
produce doubly-charged anions 9f both [60]- and [70]lllerenes in the gas phase,9
something that is generally verydicult for other species.
Delocalisation of electrons is thus local rather than global. The strong electron
withdrawal by the cages is evidenced by the failure of trifluoroacetic acid to protonate
the mono (radical) anions C6oo- and C7oo- ,lo and this provided an early indication of
the highacidity of hydrogenated hllerenes (at least of low hydrogen content).
For synthetic applications it is desirable to have the monoanion in the condensed
phase, and good progress has now been made towards achieving this goal. The radical
anion of [60]lllerene can be made by reaction with co-ordination compounds to give
chargetransfer complexes. These are generally insoluble in non-polar solvents but
soluble in polar ones. Hence if reaction is carried out in the former, precipitation can be
achieved by adding the latter. For example, reaction of [bollllerene with CrnPPh3 in
THF/tohene resulted in reduction of the lllerene and oxidation of CrII to Crm, co-
ordinated to tiphenylphosphineand THF. This gave an ESR signal at g 1.995, ascribed
to C60e'.11 Stable salts derived from this radical anion have been obtained by reaction
of [Soffiruerene with cobaltocene, dibenzo-l8-crown-6/Na, and N-
methylimidezole/tetraphenylporphinatotinIv.12 The electron-reservoir complex
[F&c*~)(C+fe6)](X) has been used to transfer either one, two, or three electrons to
[60]fbllerene to give the corresponding and isolable paramagnetic salts oct>n c60n0' (n
= 1 3). The singly- and doubly charged species here gave ESR signals at g 2.002, but
the triply-charged species gave a value of 2.004 with a marked dependence of linewidth
upon temperature.l3 This reflects a general feature which is the increase in g value for
the ESR signal, with increasing charge on the radical anionk 14 and the reasons for this
have been discussed in detail.15 Of particular note is the CT complex formed between
tetrakis(dimcthy1amino)ethylene (TDAFi) and [60]hllerene, which undergoes transition
to a ferromagnetic state at 16.1 K, which is ca 30 times higher than that obsewrved for
any previous organic molecular ferromagnet.16 Unfortunately it shows no remanence,
and so there is no obvious application of this property at present.
Discrete salts C60n0- (rt = 2, 3) have also been obtained by reaction of
[6O]lllerene with sodium (xs.)/THF in the presence of either two, or three equivalents of
dibenzo-[ 18]-crown-6. Cation metathesis with bis(tripheny1phosphine)iminium
chloride, [PPNICI produced less soluble, but analytical purer salts

[pPN]3[C ~ O[CI].MeCN
] and [PPNI-3[c6o] [C1],2MeCN. (A single crystal X-ray
structure of [PPN+]2[c602'-] showed that the anion has a slightly elongated structure,
as expected because of mutual repulsion of charges localised on opposite sides of the
cage).l8 In a related approach, the radical anionic species Na+[c6o]'-(m)5 was
prepared by reducing [60]hllerene with Na[Mn(q-CgMe5)2]-. This also gave an ESR
signal (centred at g 1.999), and, as in the case of other fbllerene anionic species, the
solvent could not be removed completely without degradation occurring.l9 ESR spectra
have also been obtained for the radical anion formed by reaction of [60]hllerene with
Na/THF at low temperature (g, 2.009) and with Li, K, and S X ~ I ~ . ~ O
Electrocrystallisationhas been used to prepare from [60]hllerene, anionic salts in
a particular oxidation state, the technique being dependent upon the salt precipitating
from the solvent employed, though this feature is not always achieved. Crystallisation is
aided by the use of a bulky cation, and the following are examples of salts produced so
far: [ P ~ P + ] ~ [ C ~ O ] - [ C (which
I ~ - ] ~behaves
. ~ ~ as a semiconductor at room temperature)
( P ~ ~ P ) ~ N + . C ([~PO
~ P- ,+~] ~ [ C ~ O - ] [(WW
I - ] ~ 1),23 and [ P ~ P + ] ~ [ C ~ O - ] CThe
tetraphenylphosphoniumsalts are stable in air, and in the latter compound, the hllerene
lies at the centre of a P8 cube. Insolubility is increased by going to a high reduction level.
Thus whereas the potassium salts of C6on- (n = 1-4) are soluble in liquid ammonia, those
for n = 5,6 are not and precipitate out of solution.lf Electrocrystallisation using
tetraphenylarsomiumhalides has also been achieved.25
The best method to date for preparing the monoanionic salts would seem to be
the reaction of [60]hllerene with potassium in THF,mediated by I-methylnaphthalene,
which gives a 94% yield of [C,jo]'-K+.THF. This also shows a (temperature-dependent)
ESR signal, with ag-value of 1.9987.26

2. Reaction with Electrophiles

There is some overlap between the results described here and those given in
Chapter 12, where the isolation of derivatives of hllerene anions produced by the
reaction of the hllerene with nucleophiles, is accomplished by subsequent reaction with
positive species. In this chapter therefore, the discussion is limited to those anions
produced either electrochemically,or via reaction with alkali metals.
Electrochemicalmethods appear to offer the most promise for preparing lllerene
derivatives via the intermediacy of radical anions. Early work with both cyclic and
differential voltammograms showed that it was possible to add electrons stepwise, each

radical auion having a window of stability of cu. 0.45 v. Thus, by controlling the applied
potential, the desired anion radical can be obtained, and this gives a degree of control not
readily achieved by other methods.1d
The use of this mahod has been demonstrated in the selective electrosynthesisof
MezCm. Electrochemical control produced fist the di(radical)anion, and then reaction
with methyl iodide resulted in electrophilic addition of methyl giving MgC60. Two
isomers were produced, believed to contain the methyl groups in either a 1,2- or a 1,4-
arrangement (Fig. 21.27
Whilst much less control is obtained by using radical anions obtained by reaction
with alkali metals, the products nevertheless pose interestingquestions as to where the
addends are located. For example, reduction of [60]Werene with lithium, followed by
reaction with methyl iodide gave a product containing up to cu. 24 methyl groups.28The
anions here are believed to possess an even number of electron only, since sharp I3C
NMR signals, indicating diamagnetic species, were obtained. Interestingly, species
possessing either 6 or 8 methyl groups were dominent in the spectrum, and these three
addition levels are exactly the same as obtained in bromination (Chap. 7) indicating that
common location sites for the addends are likely.

Figure 2 Addition of methyl groups at the 1.2- and 1.4aites of [6O]fullerene

Even more methyl groups, i.e. 32, added to the cage by reduction of
[6O]lllsrsne with potassium followed by reaction with methyl iodide.29 Interestingly,
s u b l i i o n produced a product C6o(Me),, n = 2-12, with the compound n = 6
especially prominent. This work suggests that isolation of individual components in this
way d d be possible. There would seem to be scope here for examining the addition of
a range of bulkier electrophiles to determine the correlation between their size and the
maximum number that become attached to the cage.

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Chapter 12
Nucleophilic Addition and Substitution
Roger Taylor

The strong electrophilic character of the hllerene cages makes them extremely
susceptible towards both nucleophilic addition and substitution. Addition has been
carried out with both neutral and charged nucleophiles. The intermediate carbanions are
usually quenched with electrophilic species in order to obtain isolable products, so there
is some overlap of this work with that described in Chapter 11.

1. Addition of Neutral Nucleophiles

[60]Fullerene reacts readily with a variety of amines, giving rise to multiple cis
addition of H and NR2, (Fig. 1) as shown by reaction with propylamine, dodecylamine,
and morpholine, water-soluble products being obtained. Up to twelve propylamine
molecules add, and six in the case of the bulkier morpho1ine.l Whilst the latter may

Figure 1 1,2-Additionof HNR2 to [60]fullerene

reasonably be assumed to have added at octahedrally-located sites (see formation of
radical anions, Chapter 1 l), no proposals have yet been put forward to account for the
location of twelve addends. One symmetrical possibility is shown in Fig. 2; this is based
on the premise that once addition has taken place across one bond in a given hexagon,
the remaining bonds will be more localised so that a second group of octahedrally-
located additions then occur. Further groups of additions may then take place in a similar
manner, though there will be a progressive increase in steric hindrance towards fbrther
addition. Thus, with methylamine, the smallest amine, up to fourteen amino groups were
reported to add, though the adducts with 1-, 2-, or 6-addends were the prominent ones.2

A similar predominence in the products was obtained in the reaction with dimethylamine,
and interestingly, the products here were found to be fluorescent.2

Figure 2 Possible sites for addition of twelve NR2H molecules to [6O]lllerene; the encircled and
thickened bonds npnsent two separateoctahedrally-locatedsets
The reaction With morpholine gives a product in which the hydrogens on the cage
have been shown to undergo hydrogen-deuterium exchange with MeOD, and this
provided an early demonstration of the acidity of cage-attached hydrogens, arising from
the strong electron Withdrawal by the cage.I The IH N M R signals for these protons
showed temperature dependence, which was interpreted in terms of their migration over
the cage surface ('globe trotting'). However, subsequent studies revealed that the NMR
results arose from temperature- and dilution-dependent hydrogen bonding interactions
with the water present in the solvent used for the N M R studies.3
Single electron transfer may be involved in the amination process (giving an
intermediateradical anion), ESR evidence for this being obtained in the case of reaction
of [6O@dferenewith ethyfenediamine and propyldne. 1 However, this was not the case
in the reaction with t-butylamine which would only take place in a polar solvent such as
Reaction of 42-diamines such as N,P-dimethyiethylenedidne, piperazine, or
homopipcrazine (Fig. 3: R*,R2 = Me, Me; (CH2)2; (CH2)3, respectively with
[60]lllerme gives rise to 1,2-addition of the amino groups in high yield (4570% on the
basis of fullerene used). A bis-adduct was also detected, and for reaction with piperazine
was separated by HPLC into six regioisomers.4
Reaction of [60]fullerene with tertiary amines, such as triethyia~nine,~
tetrakis(dimethylamino)ethylene,6 1,8-diazabicycl0[5,4,O]undec-7-ene,~ which do not

have a hydrogen to complete the normal addition, results in electron transfer to give salt-
like products.

Figure 3 Formation of 1,2-diaminoderivatives of [6O]Nlerene

It is axiomatic that monoadducts are the target products in nucleophilic additions,

and progress in this direction has also been made by using aza crown ethers (Fig. 4). An
interesting feature here is that spectroscopic evidence was obtained which suggested that
both 1,2- and 1,4-addition 0 ~ c ~ ~ e Itd .is8 probable that 1,Caddition (which is less
favourable because a double bond is located in a pentagonal ring) is facilitated here
because of the bulky nature of the amino addend.

1 ,Z-isomer 1,4-isomer

Figure 5 1,2- and 1,4-Derivativesof [6O]fullerene resulting from addition of aza crown ethers

2. Addition of Charged Nucleophiles

The first studies involved reaction of [60]hllerene with either organolithium or

Grignard reagents in THF.9 Quenching of the reaction products with acid resulted in the
apparent reformation of [60]fbllerene, but by quenching with methyl iodide, conversion
to stable methylalk(ar)yl[60]fllerenes resulted (Fig 6). A notable feature here is the
Pm@r(XS.) + c60 -+ C60Phl @el 0
Phi i- c 6 0 + C6gPhxMey ( X = O - IO;y=10- 1)
f-BuMgBr + C6o -+ C601-BuloMe10
t-BuLi + c60 -+ C60t-BUxMey (X=z 2, 1,O; y = 2, 1)

Figure 6 Alk(ar)ylmethyl[60]fullerenes produced by reaction of organometallic intermediateswith

methyl iodide

addition of ten groups, and this has also been observed by Russian workers,1 Fig. 7
shows the mass spectrum of C ~ O ~ - B U ~ O ( C Oproduced
~ H ) ~ Oby reaction of [60]fkllerene
with n-butyllithium followed by C02 and hydrolysis. (NB. C02 is eliminated under
conditions of EI mass spectrometry and so does not appear in the spectrum). The
location of the ten addends has not been addressed previously, but given that there are
20 hexagons in [6O]fbllerene, addition across the high-order bond between pairs of
hexagons appears logical, as for example shown in the Schlegel diagram (inset, Fig. 7).
1109 1t'- x5.m


~ I




Hgwe 7 Mass spectrum of the product of reaction of ifX]fuIlerene with n-BuLi/Cq, showing the
marked pttern of addition of 10 butyl groups. The Schtegel diagram shows possible locations
of addition sites between hexagon pairs.

Although the earlier work indicated that quenching with acids of the intermediate
carbanions formed by the addition of nucleophiles resulted in reformation of
[6O]fullerene, this conclusion may have arisen as a result of the tendency of the
derivatives to undergo elimination during mass spectrometry. In later work, in which
HPLC analysis was employed, reaction of f60]fullerene with equivalentsof either t-BuLi
or EtMgBr gave the corresponding monoadducts C 6 f l - B ~ and Get,
respectively.11 HPLC analysis indicated that other derivatives, arising from the
intermediates C60(f-Bu)#- (n = 2-6) could also be obtained.11 Other workers have
found that in the reaction of [60]fbllerene with t-BuLi, the intermediateanionic species
f-BuC60-Li+3-4THF and f-BuC6o-Li+4MeCN could be isolated, and that these also
gave c6oHr-B~on quenching with acid.12 As in the case of the addition of bulky azo
crown ethers, (see above) the bulk of the t-butyl addend here makes formation of the
1,Cisomer not wholly unfavourable compared to formation of the 1,2-isomer (cf. Fig. 5),
hence both are observed, though the former tended to rearrange into the latter.
Electrochemical experiments showed that that C6@-BU was 0.15 v harder to reduce
than [6O]hllerene itself12 and this arises from the electron supply to the cage by the
addends. The high electron withdrawal by the cage makes C6@-BU a very strong
carbon acid having a PKa of 5.7, with a weak (71 kcal mol-1) C-H bond dissoCiation
Extension of the method gave C6@-IXcompounds where X = octyl, but3-eny1,
1,3-dioxalan-2-yl, prop-2-yl, phenyl and tributylstannyl, and C7oHX compounds where
X = phenyl and methyl.13 The Cs symmetry of the latter compound showed that addition
had taken place across the 1,2-bond (see Chap. 1, Fig. 8 for numbering), though the
direction could not be ascertained. However, in the writers view, the hydrogen is
attached to C-2, i.e., to the polar pentagon. This reasoning is based on the fact that the
lH NMR shift, 6 6.04 is very close to that for the corresponding [6O]fullerene derivative
( 6 6.45).11 For dihydro[70]hllerene the lH NMR shifts for H-2 is ca. 0.9 ppm
downfield relative to that for H-1(ref. 14, note numbering change), and these values in
[70]hllerene are generally cu. 1 ppm upfield fiom those in [60]hllerene. This suggests
that the 6 value of 6.04 is too downfield to be assignable to H-1
Mononucleophilic addition has been achieved in the formation of
trimethylsilylethynyl derivatives of [60]hllerene (Fig. 8). 15916 Stability of the products
here may be enhanced by the high acidity of R.C=C.H compounds rendering elimination
of this group less favourable. Electron withdrawal by the MqSiC=C group makes the
reduction potentials more negative (by cu. 0.1 v) compared to [60]hllereneitself The

C-Si bond is exceptionally resistant to basecleavage, and this may arise &om repulsive
interactions between the (virtually orthogonal) p-orbitals of the cage and those of the
addend, resulting in increased pn-dz bonding to silicon.

i. Me3SiCSLi
ii. heat, toluene
iii. acid

Figurn 8 Reection of trimethylsilylethynyIlithium/acidwith [60]fullerene

Reaction of [6O]fi,Illerenewith Me2SiX.CH2MgCl (X = Me, H,Ph, vinyl, 0-i-Pr)

gave the products c6oH(CH2SiMezx) and C ~ O ( C H ~ S ~ M ~ Interestingly,
~X)~. the
protons in an individual methylene group of the latter were magnetidy inequivalent and
this is consistent with 1,rl-addition across a hexagonal ring (cf. Fig. 4) which logically
follows &om the bulk of the added groups. An alternative addition across the 2,3-bond is
also consistent with the NMR data17 but in the opinion of the writer, is much less
Phosphorus-containing groups have also been attached to [60]fi,Illerene by
reaction with the complex PhzP-Li+.BH3. Quenching with HCl and removal of the BH3
group with DABCO,gave C 6 w P h 2 , and the Cssymmetry of the product indicated
that addition had taken place across the 1,2-bond.l8
If a toluene solution of [60]- and [70]Werenes is heated with xs. KOH under
vaccum, decolourisation occurs, which is thought to be due to attachment of hydroxy
groups to the cages.19 Approximately 26 hydroxy groups have been indicated @y
elemental analysis) to add to the cage on reaction of [60]lllerene with aq. NaOH in the
presence of t-butylammonium hydroxide.20 Presumably the ability of the cage to
accommodate this number of hydroxy groups is facilitated by hydrogen bonding, and it
may be relevant that if the hydroxy groups occupy the same sites as bromine does in
C6oBr24 (see Chapter. 7) then hydrogen bonding will involve a 6-centred structure and
this will be sterically favourable. Hydroxy groups have been added to [6O]hllerene by
reaction with the BH3-THF complex and decomposition of the intermediate with either

sodium hydroxidehydrogen peroxide, or sodium hydroxide.21 Nucleophilh and/or

radical addition of OH takes place here accompanied by some autoxidation of C-Hbonds
to OH groups. Hydroxylation is described in more detail in Chapter 5 .
In the reaction between NaOMelMeOH and either 1601- or [70]fullerene, species
such as c60(0Me)~, n = 1,3,5 or 7 were detected by negative ion mass spectrometry,
together with products derived from hydrogen abstraction from the solvent. However,
no isolable products were obtained from the reaction.22

3. Nucleophilic substitution
Thus far this has been studied far less than nucleophilic addition, but is likely to
become a growth area of lllerene chemistry as more of the precursors for nucleophilic
substitution become available.
Two early reports concerned the reaction of polychloro[X]fidlerenes (X = 60,
70) witrh methanoVKOH which gave a product showing a broad envelope of methoxy
groups at 6 ca. 3.7 in the I H NMR.23 Interestingly, FAB mass spectrometry indicated
the presence of 26 methoxy groups (cf. hydroxylation above), but no fbrther details have
been made available. Likewise, reaction of polyfluoxinated [60]lllerene was found to
undergo nucleophilic substitution by carbon-, oxygen-, and nitrogen nucleophiles, as well
as by hydride ion. The reaction rate decreased as more of the fluorines became replaced,
and a spectrum of reactivities was observed ranging from very high with reactive
nucleophiles such as amines, to slow with weak nucleophiles such as acetate ion.
Moreover, in the reaction with methoxidelmethanol, the product gave a pattern in the
1 H NMR similar to that noted aboveF4 and a similar pattern has also been noted from
the product of reaction of brominated [60]fhllerenes and C6oCl6 with sodium
From qualitative experiments it appears that the reactivity rate decreases along
the series of halogenated hllerenes: (hal =) F > C1> Br and this parallels the reactivity of
halogenoaromatics towards nucleophilic substitution. Thus addition of the nucleophile
appears to be the kinetically most important step, rather than cleavage of the fillerene-
halogen bond. The mechanism of the elimination is presently open to speculation.
However, it is evident that a normal S N process
~ is geometrically impossible, and given
the very strong electron withdrawal by the cage, an sN1 mechanism is also ruled out.
Thus either a novel front-side attack is involved, or an addition-elimination process
occurs Figure 9; this has been proposed to account for the ready formation of epoxides

fromreaction of fluorinated hllerenes with aqueous methanol.26

Figure 9 Possible additioncliminationmechanism for nwl~philicsubstitution(leading here to

epordde formationfollowing replacement of F by OH)

Nucleophilic substitution has been proposed as the step involved in the formation
of fiUarenols from nitrofullerene intermediates (see Chapter 5 ) , and likewise in the
formation of nitrohllerenols (having an average composition of 6-8 nitro groups and 7-
12 hydroxy groups per [6O]fillerene cage), from polynitr0[60]fullerenes.~~

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Chapter 13
Radical Additions to Fullerenes: Fullerenyl Radicals
Roger Taylor

Iri Chapter 1 1, the formation of fbllerene radical anions, whereby an electron is

added to the cage, was described. These species have been fairly extensively investigated
by ESR.In the present chapter, studies in which a radical species has been added to the
cage, yielding another (Illerenyl) radical are described. The strong electron withdrawal
by the fullerene cages results in very ready formation of these radicals, so that there have
been numerous studies of them, though at this stage they have been directed mainly
towards physical-organic aspects rather than to preparation of new derivatives.
The initial report described irradiation of a [60]firllerene solution in toluene
ConWng t-butyl peroxide, which gave C60@en~yl)~,n = 1 - ca.15. The radical
adducts for n = 3 and 5 were stable above 50 OC, and were identified as the allylic
R3c,5og and cyclopentadknyl R5C60. radicals (Figure 1); the relationship of the latter
to the structure of c60&j (X = Br, CI, Chapter. 7) is most notable. The unpaired
eiectrons are highly localised, and this provided an early indication of what is now
generally accepted, namely that electron delocalisation is poor, since otherwise, double
bonds would be introduced into pentagons, which is unfavourable.2 The stability of the
radicals is attributed to steric protection of the unpaired electron,* though a contributing
factor must also be the configuration that is so very favourable for C-C
hypsrconjugation:3the orbital containing the unpaired electron, and the C-benzyi o-bond
are constrained parallel by virtue of the cage structure. Dmerisation enthalpies (kcal
mol-l for some RC60. radicals are (R =): z-Pr, 35.5; r-Bu, 22.0;adamantyl, 21.6;CC13,
17.1; CBr3, 17.0.4

Figure 1. Auylic and cyclopentadienyl radicals formed from [6O&zllerene (R = benzyl)


Radicals containing up to 34 methyl groups attached to the cage have also been
formed, by irradiation of a benzene solution of [60]hllerene with di-1-butyl peroxide,l
and this seems to represent the upper limit for the numbers of groups of this size that can
be added. By contrast, photolysis or thermolysis of a mixture of dibenzoyl peroxide and
[60]fUlerene in benzene. showed the addition of up to 11 phenyl groups to the cage.5
The radical f-BuC60' has been subjected to considerable study and can be
generated in a number of ways e.g., by reaction of [6O]hllerene with di-t-butylmercury,
by irradiating [6O]fhllerene solutions with either t-butyl bromide, pivalaldehyde, or di-t-
butyl ketone, or by oxidation of c6oHt-B~with iodine in THF.697 The reverse of the
latter reaction can be obtained by reacting t-BuC60' with tri-n-butyltin hydride.6
The ESR signal intensity for the l-BuC60' radical showed an increme with
increasing temperature, the opposite of customary expectation? This was attributed to
the existence of the radicals as dimers, which dissociate on increasing the temperature.
Similar results were obtained for other radicals RC60' (R = i-Pr, adamantyi, CcI3,
CBr3) and the estimated bond strengths of the dimers showed a correlation with the size
of R. Since the spin density is located primarily at C2, C4, and C6, steric considerations
dicatate that the inter-cage bonding must be between the C4 cage atoms of the
participating radicals (Figure Z), rather than between the C2/6 sites.

Rgnre 2. Dimerisationof RC60' radicals at the 4-positions

Because of the eclipsmg interactions between the C-Me bonds of the t-butyl
group and the C 1-C2, C 1-C6, and C 1 4 9 bonds (see Figure 2) of the cage, free rotation
of the t-butyl group is hindered at low temperat~re.~ Likewise the lowest energy
conformer for the i-propyl group in i-PrC60. is as shown in Figure 3.* In EtC60* the

ethyl group adopts a non-symmetrical conformation (Figure 3),8 and this suggest that the
conformation-governing factor is location of the methyl groups over the hexagonal rings,
where there is more space.

Figure 3. Lowest energy conformers for i-PrC60. and EtC60.

It has been shown also that in a range of R3C60' alkyl radicals (including
H3C6oo), two of the R groups occupy equivalent positions, in parallel with the
structures shown in Figure 3.9 An interesting aspect of this work is that in an attempt to
form (CC13)3C6o0 radicals, the radical (CC13)2CIC6o0 (stable in the dark) was observed
instead, and also the new radical ClC60.; this latter may have relevance with regard to
the manner in which C6oC16 and C60Brg are formed (see Chapter 7).
Radicals have been formed between [60]fullerene and elements other than
carbon. For example, irradiation of a benzene solution of [6O]hllerene with MeSSMe
gave MeSC6oo, (and similarly EtSSEt gave EtSC6o0), but in contrast to the behaviour
of radicals with carbon addends described above, the ESR signal intensity here decreased
with increasing temperature,1 and may be associated with the weaker hllerene-S bond.
Calculationsindicated that the preferred conformation Of MeSC60' is that in which the
methyl group lies over the centre of a hexagon. Irradiation of benzene solution of
[60]firllercne with phenyl disulphide gave products C60Phx(SPh)yH,, indicating that in
this case both Pho and PhS' radicals attach to the cage.1 Alkoxy radicals also add to
the cage, as shown by irradiating benzene solutions of [60]fbllerene and either di-1-but1
peroxide or cumyl peroxide, whence 2-BuOC60' and Me2PhCOC6o0 were obtained.lo
Likewise use of bis(trifluoromethyl1) peroxide gave CF30C6o0,10
Phosphorus-containing radicals have also been prepared, e.g., (Me0)20PC6oo,
(Eto)20Pc6Oo$ and (i-Pr0)20PC6o0 (from e.g. irradiation of R2Hg precursors in
benzene solutions of [6O]hllerene. 1 Rates of dimerisation of the latter were determined

as 1.9 x 106 I mol-l s-1 at 0 OC, and five groups again added to the cage. Four types of
spin adducts were obtained for (i-Pr0)20PC6o0 (one of which was attributed to either
dimerisation of biradicals, or recombination of biradicals with a monoradical). 12 The
remaining three adducts were attributed13 (in the case of addition of (Me0)20PC6Oo)
to the structures shown in Figure. 4, with addition at the a and c carbons (notation as
given in ref. 14).

Radicals with boron attached to the cage in the form of the m-B1$9C2H2-
carboranyl group have been obtained, and these provide an interesting unison of the two
cage systems, as shown in Figure 5.15 The dimerisation rate coefficient was ca. 1 x lo6
I mol-l s-l at 27 OC.

Figure 5. Dimer of the rn-CzH2BloH9 C60' radical; 0 = carbon, 0 = boron


The ESR spectra have been obtained for the radicals (which are somewhat
unstable) firmed by addition of either Pd(F'Ph3)z or Pt(PPh3)z to (R0)20PC6oo. q2 -
addition of Pt(PPh3)4 to [ ( R O ~ O P C ~ O gives
] ~ derivatives which dissociate to the
monom& radicals (Ro)20P.Pt(PPh3)2C6o0when exposed to visible light. In these
species, the Pt(PPh3)z group is located in different positions relative to the radical
centre, and five distinct ESR signals are obtained.16
Rhenium-containing radicals (CO)5Re0, produced either by photodissociation of
Re(C))Io, or by reaction of ($-Ph$)Re(C))4 with CO (which displaces PPh3C)
combine with [60]lllerene to give c6O[Re(CO)5]2, in what is believed to have a 1,4-
addition pattern. This product is unstable and decomposes through (C0)5ReC6o0 as a
probable intermediate.17
Three isomers of r-BuC70. have been observed, having g values of 2.00271,
2.00248, and 2.00210, with corresponding hyperfine interactions with the C-atom
attached to the cage of 14.2, 11.3, and 13.8 G.18 Likewise three isomers were observed
for fomtion of radicals C13CC7o0 (34.6,30.5, and 26.7 G) and (MeO)2OPC7oo (71.2,
66.8, and 55.9 G). For the t-butyl radical, only the isomer ofg 2.0021 (13.8 G) showed
hyperfifie interactionswith the carbons orrho and puru to the radical centre (cf.Figure 2)
comparable to those observed in t-BUC60'. On the basis that only the structure of the
end cap of [70]fiJlereneparallels that in [60]fullerene, and moreover that this radical was
the only one to show an increased ESR sigd with increasing temperature (indicating
dimeridon), it was concluded that the r-butyl group was attached to C2 (or u carbon)
(see Figures 8 and 23, Chap. 1 for nomenclature), with the radical centred on C1 (b-
&n)(cfFig. 4c). Given that this addition takes place across what is usually the most
reactive bond in [7O]fhllerene, it is conceivable that it could occur in the reverse
direction. The structures of the other radical could not be identified, and this is an area
worthy of firther work, in view of the growing body of interesting detail concerning the
reactivity of [7O]fi.1llerene that is beginning to emerge from other studies.

Figun6. Lowestenergy contonnations of fluorinecontaining [6O]fullerenyl radicals


Further work has also been carried out on fluorine-containing radicals, viz.
F$C60', (F3C)F2CCC60r (F~C)~FCCC~O.,and ( F ~ C ) ~ C C C ~ OThe '.~~
conformations of the first two radicals are symmetrical as shown in Figure 6 (F3CC60'
has a barrier to rotation of 7 kcal mol-I). However, the ( F ~ C ) ~ F C C C ~radical
O * adopts
an asymmetrical conformation having a barrier between the two enantiomers (one is
shown in Figure 6) of 3.5 kcal mol-I. It is surprisingthat the bulkier CF3 groups prefer
to lie over a pentagon which is also more electron-deficient than a hexagon. There are
evidently complex factors here which are as yet poorly understood. For the radical
(F3C)3CCC6o0 the average conformation is the symmetrical one (Figure 6) but the CF3
groups rotate in synchrony with rotation about the C-C60 bond.
Perfluorodkylated fidlerenes have been produced by two research groups. One
technique involved the reaction of the fkllerene with peduoroalkyi fie-radicals
produced by either thermal or photochemical decomposition of precursors such as
fluoroalkyl iodides or fluorodiacyl peroxides, RdCO)OO(CO)Rf .20 For example,
heating a solution of [60]fUllerene with perfluorohexyl iodide in 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene
produced a product having between 6 and 12 (mainly 10) perfluoroalkyl groups attached
to the cage, though it also contained some hydrogen through radical abstraction from the
solvent. Similarly, photochemical irradiation of a solution of trifluoromethyl iodide in
benzene produced the addition of up to 13 CF3 groups to the cage, though again some
hydrogen was incorporated from the solvent. To avoid hydrogen abstractionthe reaction
was repeated using hexduorobenzene as a solvent and here up to 14 CF3 groups alone
were attached to [6O]lllerene. Up to 16 perfluoroethyl groups could be attached to the
cage by using perfluoropropionyl peroxide in Freon 113 solution at -6 O C .
An alternative procedure used trifluoromethyl iodide and copper and produced
from each fullerene, a hexane-soluble fraction and an insoluble one. The former consisted
of fiillerenes with up to 16 CF3 groups attached to [6O]fbllerene and 18 to [70]fbUerene
Figure 7a,b. The insoluble materials gave very similar mass spectra to these, but were
much less volatile and were shown by IR and by reaction with acyl halide, to contain a
number of hydroxy groups; these do not show under EI mass spectrometric
conditions21 A very notable feature about the polyfluoroalkyl derivativesis that they are
very volatile, can be sublimed readily, are thermally stable up to 270 O C , and are stable
towards both sulphuric acid and sodium hydroxide Bis(trifluoromethy1)nitroxide radicals
[(CF3)2NOo]react with [60]fillereneto give the product C60[(CF3)2NO],, n = 18 on
average 22

in 1 in
5, %.
S. s.
m. m
. a
I: I
P. P.
8. $5.
9. 9.

6. (I.

a. U

Figure 74b. Mass s p t m of the products of reaction of [60]- and [70]fullerene with CF3I/Cu. Inserts
show epectra for the corresponding hydroxyantahhg derivatives (seetext).

Photolysis of a solution of [60]&llerene in t-butylbentene in the presence of

either 2,4-dihydroxy-2,4-dimethylpentan-3-one, di-t-butylpero.xid~propan-2-ol, or
acetondpropan-2-01, produces the radical HC60, and the intensity of the ESR signal
depends on the oxidation potential of the radicals involved; this indicates that HC6oo is
formed by reduction of [6O]fullerene to the radical anion, followed by p r ~ t o n a t i o n . ~ ~
Hydrogcn atoms and alkyl radicals produced under CI conditions in the mass
spectrometer containing [60]&llerene and methane react to give species arising from a
combination of the three components.24

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Chapter 14

Reactions of Fullerenes with Inorganic and Organornetallit Compounds

Alan L. Balch
Deparjment of Chemistry
University of California, Davis
Davis, California 95616 USA

1. Introduction
This chapter is concerned with metal-fullerenederivatives that have been isolated in
macrOScOpic quantities. lsolation of these materials in milligram quantitiesmakes analysis
by a variety of spectroscopic techniques and structural analysis by X-ray diffraction
feasible. Such studies are a natural outcome of the discovery of techniques for the
preparation of macroscopic quantitiesof the fullerenesthemselves.**2The fullereneshave
both an outside and an inside surface available for binding to metal atoms and metal
complexes. Obviously, the external surface is more readily accessible to reaction with
conventional coordination complexes and organometallic compounds. As a consequence,
significant advances have been made on the preparation and characterization of these
exohedral complexes. The external surfaces of all of the fullexenespresent arrays of five-
and six-membered rings. Consequently it was appealing to consider that the fullerenes
would form organometalliccomplexes analogous to the numerous @-benzene and 115-
cyclopentadiene compounds that are so prevalent in the organometallic literature.
However, the reactivity of the fuIlercnes that have been isolated shows that they react
primarily as olefms, especially as electron-deficientolefms, and not as typical aromatic
hydrocarbons? Thus dihapto coordination, rather than poly-hapto coordination, to a single
metal center has been obsexved in the exohcdral complexes that have been thoroughly
The possibility of obtaining compounds with metal atoms inside fullerenes, the
endoh& compounds, was recognized very early in the examination of fullercne-derived
species? However, progress in isolating macr#scupic amounts of these in purified form


has been slower than the preparation of the exohedral complexes. Consequently the
concluding scction. which is devoted to isolated endohedral complexes,is short.

2 . Additions to C6o
While all of the carbon atoms in & are equivalent by symmetry, there are two
distinct bond types as s e n in Figure 1. Structural and theoretical studies have shown that
the C-C bonds at 6:6 ring junctions arc shorter than those at the 6 5 ring juncti~ns.s-~ A
single erystal X-ray diffraction study of at 110 K gives the 6 6 bond length of 1.387(3)
A and the 6 5 bond length of 1.450(3) A.5 In the reactions of Cja with metal complexes,
so far, the pndominant reaction has involved addition to the n-bond at a 6:6 ring junction.
Because of the highly symmetrical nature of Cja with its 30 individual 6 6 ring junctions,
there is considerable propensity toward multiple additions and the creation of mixtures with
varying levels of addition. Nevertheless procedures for the preparation of pure single
addition products have been developed and proven to give important information in regard
to the structure and chemical reactivity of these carbon clusters. Isolation of some pure
multiple addition products, especially double addition products has also been
accomplished. For double addition, eight regio isomers can form if nactivity is confined to
6 6 ring junctions. Figure 1 outlines the slxucturcs of these. If the first addition occurs at
the arrow,then eight regio isomers can be identified by the numbers 1-8. Of these isomers
one has Dul symmetry, three have C2 symmetry, and four have Cssymmetry if the added
groups have at least CzVsymmetry themselves.

I Maximum
t Site Symmetry

8 C'
7 C'
6 c,
5 c,
4 C'
3 c,
2 c,
1 D2h

Figure 1. MI,the structure of c60. Righk sites for double addition to Ca. The initial addition occurs
at the m w and Ihe numbers identify pmible redo isomus.

2.1 Osmylation
Osmium tetroxide is a powerful oxidant which is useful in converting oldins into
diols by means of intermediate osmate esters.8 Osmium tetroxide in the presence of
pyridine dso forms stable addum with polycyclic ammatic hydrocarbons.9 Depenblng on
the stoichiomtry. m m n t of & with osmium tetroxide and pyridine by) yields either
the single addition product, c+joO2OsO2(py)2. and/or a mixture of five double addition
} 2shown in Figure 2.1@*4The single addition pmducthas
products, ~ ( 0 2 0 ~ 0 2 ( p y ) 2as
been separated from the others, because it has significantly higher solubility in toluene.
Exchange of the pyridhe ligands for 4-t-butylpyridhe gave a more solubie derivativethat
was crystallizedand sa~dicdby singlecrystal X-ray diffraction, A drawing of the smw
of this adduct, C60020~02(4-r-butylpyridine)2.2.5 toluene, is shown in Figure 3. The
osmyl group is connected to the fullacne by two oxygen atoms which have added m s s
the C-C bond at a 6 6 ring fusion. This st~cturchas special significancesince it was the
fmt crystallographic demonstration that the & moiety possessed the soccer ball spuchne
which had been proposed in 1985.1s Osmylation producesonly a local pertubadon to the
fullercne core. The trimordinate atoms of this moiety lie in a shell with a radius of 3.46 to

and 4 other isomers

Figure 2. Osmylation of C6o.

3.56 A about the center with an average center-to-carbon distance of 3.512 A. The
oxygen-bound carbon atoms, however, lie 3.80(2) and 3.81 (A) away from the center.
The 13C N M R spectrum of 13C enriched Q0020~02(r-Bupy)2 has been
thoroughly analyzed and the connectivities determined from a 2D N M R INADEQUATE
experiment.14 The chemical shifts and coupling constants for the seventeen different types
of carbon ntom in the QJ portion of the molecule arc given in Table I. The tetracoordinate
carbons produce a resonande that is well upfield of the resonances of the tricoordinate
carbon atoms. The shifts for these carbon atoms lie in the 137-153 pprn range. (For C a
itself a single resonance at 142.68 ppm is observed). While the chemical shifts within the
137-153 ppm do not show a well defined pattern that correlates with structure, the C-C
coupling constants do follow such a pattern. C-C coupling constants in the range 54-57 Hz
correspond to bonds at 5:6 ring junctions, coupling constants in the 65-71 Hz range
cornspond to bonds at 6% ring junctions while a unique 48 Hz coupling constant is found
for the bond at the 6 5 ring junctions which involve the oxygenated carbon atoms.
Molecular orbital calculation have been obtained for &020s@(py)2.16 These
show that the states near the frontier are not affected by the osmylation and that the bonding
interactionslie lower in energy. However, the HOMO-LUMO gap in the adduct is reduced
relative to G j o itself by the presence of non-bonding orbitals that are centered on the
osmium fragment.

Figure 3. Ihe structure. of C6oo2os@(r-Bupyh as determinedby X-ray diffraction (from ref. 11).

Table I. 13C N M R Parameters for ~ @ ~ ( r - b u t y l p y r i d i n e ) 2

carbon chemicalshift
Type @ PI
1 105.38
2 145.76
3 153.03
4 137.02
5 139.42
6 145.77
7 142.75
8 146.10
9 141.81
10 142.32
11 144.85
12 146.32
13 142.55
14 142.48
15 145.99
I 16 145.04
--- 17. -. 17 148.41
. .

* Not first order.

HPLC analysis of the double osmylation products, ( ~ O s 0 2 ( p y ) 2 )has
2 shown
that five of the eight possible redo isomm are fonned.17 Four of these have been smdied
by 13C N M R and 1H N M R spectroscopy. These data indicate that two of the i s o m have
C , symmetry and the other two isomers have C2 symmetry. 2 0 NMR studies on I3C
enriched samples led to the identification of one of the CS isomers as 5 (Figure 2) and one
of the C2 isomers as 3. This information coupled with the assumption that steric effects
would inhibit the formation of isomers 6,7, and 8 led to the tentative conclusion that the
other C2 isomer had structure 2 and that the remaining C, isomer has structufc 4. The
most rapidly eluting isomer was insufficiently soluble for NMR analysis. It was concluded
that this isomer had the structure 1. The non-polar nature of this isomer is constant
with its chromatographicbehavior.
The two double addition products with C2 symmetry, 2 and 3, are chiral
molecules. Asymmetric bis-osmylation of & has been achieved18 through the usc of the
Sharpless cinchona alkaloid ligands19*20during the actual addition process. Figure 4
shows the CD spectra of the (+) and (-f fonns of ~ 0 2 0 s 0 2 ( p y ) (isomer
2 3) that were
obtained after replacement of the chiral Sharpless ligands with pyridine. The rich array of
CD features in the 500-800 nrn region has been ascribed to the chiral, band-shaped x:
system since a model chiral osmium complex derived from a simple olefin shows only a

broaduil in this region of the CD sptctnun. The CD spectra of resolved forms of isomer
2 showr distinct, but similarly rich features, in the 500-800 nm region. The
enandorelectivityin the bis-osmylationprocess has baen attributed to attractiveelectronic
interdons &tween osmium ligands and the fullmnes mhcr than repulsive, stcric effects.
As we shall see later in this chapter, t h m is ample crystallographic evidence for attractive
intarcdonsbetween aromatic gmaps and fulluene surfaces.

u# WK) u# mo arm

trwn 4. clrcufrr dichorism p m of (+) and (-) forms of bi.osmytntion products of % (fmm ref.

2.2 A&Wn qfPt(PRjh a d Relarcd Pulladurn and Nickel Complazs

Treatment of with (Php)2Pt(q2-C2H4)according to cq 1produces black (q2-
Qo)F't(PPh3h which is slightly soluble in tetrahydrofuran to give green Solutions.21-~
For the platinum this is a straightforwadsubstitution d o n in which one, admittcdy

large, olefin replaces another. The structure of the complex, as detedned by single
crystal X-ray difhction, is shown in Figure 5.21 The overall structure resembles that of
the precursor (PhgP)2Pt(q2-C2H4).26 The C(l)-C(2)distance (1.502(30) A) is
considerably longer than the average C-Cdistance at unperturbed 6 6 ring junctions

(1.388(30) A). The platinum carbon distances. 2.145(2.1) and 2.115(23) A, are similar to
those, 2.106(4) and 2.1 16(9) A. found in the ethylene adduct, (PhsP)zPt(q2-C2H& The
carbon atoms to which the platinum atom is bound are pulled out from the corc of the
fullaene. In metal olefm complexes, it is ncognized that the olefinic carbon atoms bacome
pyramidalized when they are coordinated to a metal center. In this regard, the curved,
rather than planar, nature of the fulerene surface makes it an attractive candidate for the
formation of transition metal X-adducts. However, the fact that the carbon atoms that are
bound to platinum are pulled out from the cluster core reflects the fact that further
pyramidalization is required to accommodate metal bonding.
The green complex (~$C+jo)Pt(PPh3)2 is sufficiently soluble in tetrahydrofurrnto
obtain 31P NMR spectral data?* The spectrum consists of a singlet at 6 27.0 ppm with
satellites due to coupling to 19% with J (Pt, P) of 3936 Hz. For comparison, the 31P
NMR spectnun of (Ph3P)2Pt($-C2Hq) consists of a similar resonance with 6 38.4 ppm
and J (Pt, P)of 3738 Hz.
Similar complexes with nickel, palladium, and platinum can also be obtained by
reaction of with M(PR3)4via eq. Z . z s The structure of the palladiumcomplex

($-Qo)Pd(PPh3)2 has been determined by single crystal X-raydiffraction as shown in

Figure 5.27 The structure and binding of the palladium to the fullerene are similar to that in
the platinum analog in most aspects, but the phenyl ring locations are different in the two
structtms. Two phenyl rings lie over the & moiety in the palladium complex where they
make X-A contact with the cluster. In the analogous platinum compound that sort of contact
is lacking. Remarkably, the phenyl ring orientation seen in the palladium complex is seen
in a number of other organometallic adducts of the fullerenes.
Fenske-Hall molecular orbital calculations have been performed for ( ~ 2 -
-)Pt(PH3)2 and compared to those on (l$Cfi)Pt(PH3)2.28 The bonding in both cases
is similar, but the negative charge from platinum to carbon backbonding in the fullettne
adduct is delocalized onto the carbon cluster to some extent, As Figure 6 shows the effect
is most notable in the hemisphen nearest the metal and is nearly negligible in the other

Addition of an excess of M(PEt3)d to Gjo results in the formation of the hem-addi-

tion products as shown in cq. 3.29 Remarkably, the product consists of a single isomer.
6 M(PEt3)4 + & 4&( M(PEt3)2)6 + 12 PEt3 (3)
The structurts of both thc hexa-platinum and hcxa-palladium adducu have been determined
crystdlographically. The structure of the platinum adduct is shown in Figure 7. The
arrangement of the c6opbp12 corc has nearly ideal Th symmchy with metal atom arranged
in an octahedral fashion about the fullcrene scaffolding. As usual, the metal atom are
bound to 6 6 ring junctions. The octahedral anangement places these six metal antea and
their associated phosphine ligands in positions which minimize dircct contact with one
Limited evidence for the formation of intermediate levels of addition of Pt(FR3)2
units to Qj to give Gjo(Pt(PR3h), (with n = 2.3.4, and 5 ) have been reported, and it
has been suggested that as addition on to the QrJ core increases, the metal fragments
become more labile. Thus although initial addition patterns do not necessarily conform to
the Th structure of the final, hexa-addition product, the added p u p s are able to marrange
to eventually form the unique pattern seen for QrJ( Pt(PEt3)2)6. Some evidence for this
lability of the Pt-C bonding comes from the observation that treatment of
(&)(Pt(PEt3)2)6 With diphenylacetylene instantly produces Gjo(Pt(PEt3)2)5and (q2-

E l a c t r o c ~ c astudies
l on these platinum adducts nveal fullmne basad reductions
with enharrced lability of the anionic fonns.3 The electrochemical behavior of (q2-
C!&%(lTb3h and Ctjo me COmpBnd in the cyclic voltmmogmm seen in Figure 8. Three
reduction waves (Mlc. M ~ c M3c) , arc ascribed to the electrochemically reversible
formation of t($-Cao)Pt(PPh3)21-, [(q2-C60)Pt(PPh3)212-and I($-%)Pt(PPh3)213-
rcspccdvely. With r c g d to Q itself, reduction of the platinum adduct is shifted by a.
0.3 V to m ~negative t potentials for each of the thrte reduction steps. The voltammognun
in Figura 9 shows that some fne Qo is present at the outset of the experiment and that its
concanardon grows as the sample is reduced. It was concluded that the reduced forms am
susceptible to facile d i d a t i o n of the Pt(PPh3h unit and the fulleride ion. The rates of
dissociulon have been examined for a variety of related complexes. ($-&)M(PR3)2, and
it has bcen shown that the rate depends on the ligand (faster for PPh3 than PEtj), the metal
(faster for Ni than Pd and Pd than Pt)and the degree of reduction (faster for the trianion,
slowest for the monoanion). Reduction potentials for the series of adducts
(&)(Pt(PEt3h)n. with n = 1 to 4, show a 0.36 V cathodic shift for each addad metal for
the inidd reduction that produces a monoanion. The fact that the three adducts ($-
Qo)M(PEt3)2,with M = Ni, Pd, and Pt,arc reduced at the same potential has been taken
to idcatc that backdonation of d electron density to the fullerme is rclativcly localized.
"he Raman spectra of these platinum and palladium adducts show the symmetry
lowering effects of addition to the fukrcne.~whereas & itseu has 10 vibrations (of the
possible 174 modes) that arc Raman active. the adducts show morc complex spccea

-.a -1.0 -l.b -1 8 -2 2
E vs. Fc'l' I V

Figure 8' Cyclic voltammograms at a platinum disk of (q2-C60)Pt(PPh3)2 (A) and C&I (B) h
tceahydrohnanwith ( n - B m d 88 supporting elecaolyte(hnfaence24).

Figure 9 compares the FT-Raman spectra of C60, (q2-C60)Pd(PPh3)2 and (q2-

cao)p1(pp13)2. The p t c r ~ ~ ~ @ ~ e of t y sptcna of the &ducts is due to effac~
x i the OII the
fidlaene symmetry. With excitation a~1.064 p,scattuing fmm the fullmne is dominant,
and the bands due to the phosphhe ligands arc wcalr. The symmetry lowering effects are
quite striking. Notice that the non-dcgencrate Ag band at a 1468 is a sharp,Single band in
all three spccea in Figure 9, while the degenerate Hg band at 772 cm-l in is split into
five cOmpOncnts in the metal adducts. Additionally, bands that were Raman inactive in
pristine Coj, show up in the spectra of the adduce. Since the high-frequencyQo modes
are shifted slightly lower in frequency, it was concluded that the fullercne C-C bonds werc
weakened by metal-tefullerene d-u backbonding. Similar, symmetry lowaing affects
werc also seen in the Raman spectra of the hexametal adducts, &{M(PEt3)2)6


6 .A

2.3 Addition of Vaska-TypcComplexes,Ir(CO)Cl(PR3)2

Ir(CO)C!l(PPh3h reacts with Qo in benzene reversibly as shown in cq. 4.30 This
is a caw of straightforwadadduct formationboth from the view of the fullacnc and from

the metal complex; no ligands arc displaced from the iridium in the process. Similar
rtactiaapof vws coapkx w ith electron deficient olefins were previously described31
Brown black crystals of (tlz-c6o)Ir(CO)a(PPh3)2.5csHghave been obtained by
diffusia of concentrated benzene solutions of the reactants.30 nte smcture ofthe adduct
is shown in Figure 10. The iridium is bound to a 6 6 ring junction, and the (q2-
Q0)hfPPhjhportion ofthe molecule closely resembles ($-C,y-~)Pd(PPh3)2 (Elgun5).
Tht electronic structure of (q~&)Ir(CO)Cl(PPh3h has been probed by i n M 3
and Mchobauer spcctroscopy.32 In the infiwd, Vaska noted that oxidative-additions to
It(CO)C1(PPhgh resulted in an increase in the CO stretching frequency and that the
magnitude of that increase correlated with thc rcvmibility of the addition.33 k r (112-
Ca)Ir(CO)Cl(PPh3)2 that increase (from 1953 cm-1 in the parent to 2014 cm-1 in the
fullmnc adduct) cornsponds to cases of easily revemible addition. That change is

consistent with the solution behavior of the adduct which is largely dissociated into its
components. & and Ir(CO)Cl(PPh3)2. in dichloromethane solution. It is also noteworthy
that the tetracyanoethylene (TCNEi) adduct, (q2-TCNE)Ir(CO)Cl(PPh3)2,and the
tetrafluoroethyleneadduct (rl2-CzF4)Ir(cO)Cl(Ph3)2, show a larger increasein the CO
stretching frequency (to 2052 and 2057 cm-1~espeCtively).33Thus Q is less effective in
withdrawing d-eltctrondensity from iridium than axe these highly e l m n deficient olefins.
The changes in the Mtissbauer spectraof these Compounds has been analyzed situilarly?2
The d m a s e in the quadrupolar splitting on adduct formation (from 6.52(3) mm/s for the
patent to 2.714(15) mm/s for the Cjo adduct) and 1.837(15) mm/s for the TCNE adduct)
has been ascribed to redistribution of d electrons and increasing electron withdrawal by
TCNE relative to C60. The changes in the isomer shifts (0.022(1) mm/s for
Ir(CO)Cl(PPh3)2 (-0.194(10) for the TCNE adduct, and -0.259(10) for the C,~Jadduct).
indicate a dacrease in s electron density upon adduct formation.
The fullerene moiety is so weakly bound in (qzC&$r(CO)Cl(Ph3)2 that it readily
dissociates in solution. Consequently the usual NMR spectroscopic techniques that are
useful in solution characterization of metal complexes have been of little help in studying
the fullerene adducts of Vaska's complex. However, this ease of dissociation and
reassociation has a great advantage in that it facilitates the preparation of crystalline
derivatives that an suitable for single crystal X-raydiffraction. Thus as seen lam in this
chapter, adduct formation with lr(CO)Cl(PPh3)2 and related complexes has become a
useful tool to gain valuable information about the structure and sites of chemical reactivity
in higher fullemes and in &C derivatives.
The structures of both (q2-C60)Ir(CO)C1(PPhs)z (Figure 10) and (q2-
O)Pd(PPh3)2 (Figure 5 ) show that two of the phenyl rings of the triphenylphosphine
ligands lie over the fullerene surface where they make face-to-face, YC-X contact.
Additionally, in the iridium adduct there is a veritable river of benzene molecules that run
through the structure. The locations of these solvate molecules in the solid are shown in
the view of the unit cell shown in Figure 11. These solvate molecules f i l what would
otherwise be voids in the structure and make z-z contacts with the fullerene portion and
with one another. The presence of such solvate molecules within crystalline
metallofullerenesand of fderenes themselves is extnrordinarily common.%-%
The face-to-face contact between one phenyl group of each triphenylphosphine
ligand in (q2-C60)Ir(CO)Cl(PPh3)2suggested that it should be possible to design new
phosphine ligands which would enhance such contacts. To do this, it was apparent that a

Figure 13. A chain of molectk?of(~2C60>YCo>CI(Ph2Pbobh)Ir(CO~@Wb&~

in the solid state (fromreference 37).

curved substituent that incorporated flat, aromatic surfaces linked by flexible connectors
that would allow the aromatic portions to wrap around the fullerene would be desirable.
Consequently, the new ligand Ph2FCI-&H4OCH2C& (PhZpbob) was synthesized and
converted into Ir(CO)Cl(Ph2Pbob)2.37 This Vaska-type complex reacts with &Ito form
(q2-~)Ir(CO)Cl(Ph2Pbob)zwhich precipitates from benzene solution as black crystals.
While the fullercne is bound to iridium in a normal ~2 fashion at a 6 6 ring junction, this
solid has several remarkable features. No benzene is incorporated into the solid, it
crystallizesas a solvate-free species. Two benzyloxybenzyl p u p s of one molecule of the
complex encircle the c60 moiety of the adjacent molecule in what Marilyn Olmstepd has
called a "gentle van der Waals embrace". Figure 12 shows a drawing of an isolated
molecule while Figure 13 shows portion of the infmite chain of such molecules with one
embracing the next in a linear array that resembles elephants in a hunk-to-tail formation.
The solid is extraordinarilyefficiently packed. Two of the phenyl rings of the Phsbob
ligand make face-to-face TI contact with the fullerene, while the other two fit snugly
between two columns of this van der Waals polymer. While Ir(CO)Cl(Ph2Pbob)2m d l y
forms a crystallinesolid with %,none is formed with Cm. pmumably because the larger
fullenme does not fit into such a compact structure as that shown in Figure 14.
The reactivity of Vaska's complex may be modulated by changing the ligands that
arc present Alkyl phosphines produce complexes that are more prone to oxidative-addition
than complexes with aryl phosphine ligands. For example, oxidative addition to
Ir(CO)Cl(PMe2Ph)2 is about 200 times larger than that for Ir(CO)Cl(PPh3)2.38 This type
of ligand modification has been exploited as a means toward obtaining multiple addition
products of c60. Reactions of (&with excess (2 to 12 fold) of Ir(CO)Cl(PMe2Ph)2?9
Ir(CO)Cl(PEt3)24 or I ~ ( C O ) C I ( P B Uhas ~ ~lead
) ~ ~to crystallization of double addition
products. In each case the pattern of addition is the same; the double addition product
crystallizesas the 1orpara isomer shown in Figure 2. Statistically,this is the isamer with
the lowest probability for formation, but it is also the isomer with the highest possible
symmetry and probably the most compact structure. The reaction of C6o with
Ir(CO)Cl(PMe2Ph)2is complex in that at least four different types of solids have been
idcntified.39 Two crystallineforms of the double addition product have been examincd by
X-ray diffraction, and the structures are shown in Figure 15. The adducts vary in s6lvate
composition and in the orientation of the substituentson the phosphine ligands. but both
have the para orientation of the two iridium complexes. The geometry within the form
which crystallizes as obelisks, has the four phenyl rings of the phosphine ligands oriented

so that they make face-to-face contact with the fullerene. In the other, plate-forming
modlllcation, the phenyl subtituents all face away from the fullercne core so that they
interact mon directly with one another than with the Qo portion. However, this solid bas
anothcr inmesting ame-fuUenne contact. Two benzene mlecule~that cocrystallizewith
the adduct molecule arc oriented nearly perpendicular to the fullerene surface. These
benzene mlccules arc unngcd so that H(49) lies 3.09 A fromthe electron-rich. 6:6 ring
junctioa that involves C(16) and C(26). Such edge-to-surfaceinteractions are recognized
as attractive contributions in the energetic properties of crystalline arenes?14 Figure 15
shows ths m t u r c Of motha Such pm-adduct, C60(11fCO)cl(rnt3h)~.~

By connecting two Vaska-type centers through bridging phosphines it is possible to

prepare m e t a l l o ~ n a ~ y cthat
l e ~are
~ capable of forming bridges between two fullcrcne
units. Equation 5 shows the formation of an example that has produced a single crystalline

product of this sort. Figure 16 shows its structure as determined by single crystal X-ray
diffraction.& While the two fullerene units are covalently linked through the mctnllo-
macmcycle, the fdmne center-to-center sejwation is quite large, 16.559 A, and so is the
non-bonded Ir.41 distance, 8.104 A.

The reaction of fullmne derivatives with Vaska's compound can also produce
a y s t d l h mataialsthat give information about their smctm and nactivity. The fulkrene
epoxide, Qjo0,47*48 reacts with Ir(CO)Cl(PPh3)2 to form black crystals of (q*-
W)k(CO)Cl(PPhsk.49 The StnrCtuFe of the adduct. & W dby X-ray diffraction,
is shown in F i m 17. The cpoxide functionality is clearly present. The O(1)(3)-C(4)
unit famu a nearly equilateral piangle; and the C-0 distances(1.445(12), 1.46312) A) and
C-C dirruKx (1.480(11) A) arc within the range of distancesexpected for an epoxide unit.
Surprisingly, in the context of all the double addition p d u c t s described above, the
additioa occurs 80 that the iridium complex binds to a 6 6 ring junction that shares a
conxmn hexagonal face with the epoxide u n i ~The non-bonded I r - q l ) separation is large
(3.463(7) A), and it is clear that thm is no direct interaction of the iridium and oxygen,
This is psrticularly significant since there arc cases known where low-valent metal
complcms do insert into the C-0 bonds of epoxides.50 As is fnquently the case with
fulleawfecOmpOunds the s t r u c m is not fuUy odemi but it is considerably less disordered
than cryrUlline &O itsclf.51 In the d i d state. the epoxide oxygen atom occupies two
s i w (ql)and O(1')) with diffwnt occupancies,but both sites are similarly situated with
rcgrrd do theplacantnt of the iridium.

PipVr 17. The X-ray aystdIo&nphicstructure Of (q242@)h(CO)Cl(PPh3)2 (ihm rccerraCe49). The

view a0 the left shows the en& molecule with 01' as the Iltarute,lows occupancy location fa the
epoxid6gmp. The view on the right shows rcbae up ofthe hemgad face that contains0 and Ir.

2.4 Addition of I~(p-Crh(@-C#i2h

Addition of benzene solution of and Irz(pCl)z(q4-CgHi2)2 yields black
crystals of C60(Ir2C12(t14-CgH12)2)2*2C6H6 whose structure is shown in Figure 18.52
Two of the dimric iridium complexes (trc bound to opposite ends of the %portion. Each
iridium is coordinated to a single C-C bond at a 6:6 ring junction of the fullcxene, and the
two iridium atoms of tach dinuclear, chlowbridged unit coordinate to C-C bonds on a
common dmembercd ring. The presence of the chlmbridged dinuclear unit presents a
constraint that may be responsible for positioning the two iridium centers on one hexagon
of the fulluene. The Ir-C distancesan similar to those found for the Vaska-type adducts
that were described in Section 2.3. It is interesting to note that them is little else known
about addition reactions of the inorganic component, ~ ~ a ~ ( ~ 4 - c f l 1 ~ .

2.5 Reaction with the Hydrogemlion Catalyst, RW(CO)(PPh3)3

RhH(CO)(PPh3)3 is an efficient catalyst for the homogeneous hydmgcnatim of
olefins.53 Consequently, it was interesting to see if this species might catalyze the
hydrogenation of fullerenes. Efforts to use the Qo/Rh(CO)H(PPh3)3 systan to
hydrogenate c60 have not yet been successful. However. Qo reacts with
RhH(CO)(PPh3)3 via the substitution reaction shown in eq. 6 to give the deep gr#n
complex (~~-G~))RIIH(CO)(PP~~)Z.~ The product has been isolated as crystals suitable
for X-ray diffraction. Figure 19 shows a view of one of the two independent, but
structurally similar, molecules within the solid. The arrangement withii the (q2-
Cm)Rh(PPh3)2 unit is very similar to the analogous portions in (q2-C,g)Pd(PPh3)2
(Figure 5) and (q2-Qo)Ir(CO)Cl(PPh3h(Figure 10). Although the hydride position was
not dewmined by the crystallographic study, as is frequently the case for metal hydrides,
there is little doubt that it resides in the vacant space trans to the carbon monoxide ligand
Green ($-Gjo)Rh(CO)H(PPh3)2 is stable in solution. The spectroscopic data for this
complex indicate that the hydride ligand remains bound to rhodium and does not migrate
onto the fullenne. The 1H Nh4R resonance for the hydride appears as a triplet at -9.33
ppm with 2J(P,H) = 8.4 Hz. The value of lJ(RhSi) must be too small to detect, and it
should be notcd that *J(Rh,H) is also too small to resolve in the 1H NMR spectrum of
Rh(CO)H(PPb3)3 as well.
Although (q2-&)Rh(CO)H(PPh3h is not effective in hydrogen transfer to the
fullaene,a second repat on its preparation and spectroscopic charactaidon indicates that
this OOmpldR is a hydrofonnylation catalyst for ethylene and pmpylene.55

2.6 Reactkkn with (l+~&)trfco~+-c&2)

Cyclooctene is replaced by Go when the indenyl iridium complex (115-
QH7)WWXq2CSHi4) is heated with Gjo in benzene over an 8 hr. period (cq.7).56 Tht

black solid, (q5-C9H7)Ir(Co)(q2-~), dissolves in aromatic and chlorinated solvents to

give grcen solutions, which have been subject to spbctmscopic and electrcchcmi& study.
In the absence of an X-ray crystal structure, it has been assumed that the adduct has the
iridium bound in ?$fashion at a fullerene 6 6 ring junction. The infrared spectrum of ($-
QH,)Ir(CO)(q2-%) shows a carbonmonoxide stretching Vibration (at 1998 cm-l) that is
shifted to higher energy than that of the parent olefm complex, (~l5-C9H7)Ir(CO)(t$
C~jH14) (at 19% cm-1). This shift is consistent with an elcctron withdrawing effect of the
Mcrenc on the iridium d electrons which d w s backbonding into the carbony1 group.
Electrochemical studies of (q5-CgH7)Ir(CO)(q2-Cm) show two reversible
reductions which an shifted by ca. 0.1 V to more negative potentials relative to &.57
These cathodic shifts are consistent with the effects of addition of a R(PR3)2 gmup to
When the reduction of (f15-C9H7)Ir(C0)(112-c60) is monitored by
spcctroelectrochemistry, the carbon monoxide stretching frequency is observed to be
lowered by 12 cm-1 upon reduction to the monoanion and by 23 cm-l upon finther
reduction to the dianion. The small magnitudes of these shifts arc interpreted to indicate
that the reductions am largely centered on the fullerene portion of the complex.
The surface enhanced Raman spectra of thin films of (?15-CgH7)Ir(C0)(q2-c6on 0))
gold electrodes show symmetry lowering effccts that are similar to those seen f a the
platinum adductslike (q2-~ao)~t(~~h3)2.5*
While the electronic absorption spectrum of (qs-C9H7)Ir(CO)(q2-&)is similar to
that of k,a new band at 436 nm is present and has been assigned to a Qjo based
transition29 Irradiation of the adduct at 388 nm in toluene solution yields a transient
absorption spechum with maximaat 420,490 and 720 nm which is similar to the transient
absorption spectrum of t&o alone. The excited state lifetime for this transient is 100 ns
under &-free conditions and is 500 times shorter than that of free C!+jo. Addition of
dioxygen reduces the lifetime of this excited state. With tetramethylethylenepresent, a
hydroperoxide is produced as a result of formation of singlet oxygen by energy transfer
from the excited state of the adduct.
24 1

2.7 Formadon of a Pd(O) Polymer

Treatment of in benzene with a benzene solution of the labile complex
Pd2(dba)yCHCl3 (dba is dibenzylideneacetone)yields a black, amorphous, air-stable
solid.mfi1 The product's composition, c60pdn,is variable with n ranging from 1 to 7 and
depends on the reaction conditions. When excess Cjo was present in the preparation, a
material of composition -1 was repeatedly prepared. This had infrared bands at 1429,
11825,576.5 and 527 cm-1 that wcre similar to, but broader, than those of Cjo.This
material is believed to be a one-dimensional polymer with alternating palladium atoms and
QJ units in the chain. Materials with higher Pd/Cjo ratios arc believed to have palladium

atoms that cross link two chains. A second type of palladium atom that merely sits on the
fullcrene surface may also be present. Heating solid C j r ~ H in
1 toluene results in the partial
dissolutionof h, and the formation of a solid with a Pd/cao ratio between 2 and 3.
Q@dn with n > 2.8 is a catalyst for hydrogenation of acetylenes and olefins at
room temporam.61 Because polymers with lower Pd/& ratios are inactive as catalysts,
it has been suggested that the exposed surface palladium atoms, rather than the buried,
cro88 linking palladium atoms, arc involved in this process. Further physical and structural

2.8 olhrr A&iition Reaclions

Reaction of excess [ ( ~ ~ - C ~ M ~ ~ ) R U ( ~ ~ C N ) ~with+ ] Qo
( ~ ~isSreported
C F ~ -to)
yield brown ( [(~~-C~M~S)RU(CH~CN)~]~C&+) (03SCF3-)3.2122 Unfortunately this
complex has not been obtained in a crystalline form suitable for X-ray diffraction,possibly
because of the existence of several diffennt regio isomers. However, this result is of
particular significance bccause planar, aromatic hydtocarbons bind strongly to the (q5-
CgMes)Ru+ unit and displace all acetonitrile ligands whereas electron deficient olefins
displace only One ~ c c ~ o N U ~ligand.62
~C T ~ Uthe
S rca~tivityof [(~~-C!SMCS)RU(CH~CN)~+J
toward &t gave one of the first indicationsthat Cjo would not bind mtaI Centers in the
way that aromatic hydrocarbons would, but that electron deficient olefins were better
modelsfor its reactivity.
A brief report of the formation and spectroscopic characterization of the q2-C&
adducts, (qZ-%)Fe(C0)4, (q2-Cso)Mo(CsH5)2, and (qZ-Cm)Ta(q5-CsH5)2H has
Photolysis of Ra(C0)10 and Cjo in a benzene solution has been monitored by
infrartd spactroscopy.63 A nansient product has been identified as Cjo(Re(CO)5)2,which

results from addition of two *Re(CO)sradicals to the fullmne. Numerous examplesof the
addition of organic radicals to Qo are known.64 ~ h same c product can dso be formed
h m the reaction of a with ($-Ph3C)Re(CO)4 in the presence of carbon monoxide.
Under these conditions *Re(CO)sis known to be fonmd. C&O(Rc(CO)5)2is unstable in
solution and decays in a first order process back to and Re2(C0)10. The rdduct
C&O(Re(CO)5)2is believed to have the two organomctallic fhgments attached at opposite
ends of a hexagonal face of the fuilerene via 1,4 addition as shown in Figure 20. This
bonding mode is novel among organometallics because it is the first apparent example of Q
rather than IE attachment of a metal center to

Flopre 20. A proposedstnrtun for the invmrtdiateC&(Rc(CO)5)2(from reference 63).

3. Reactions that Result in Reduction of C6o

Qo undergoes six reversible d u c t i o n s . 6 ~and
~ it should be possible to select
transition-metal based reductantsthat arc capable of selective reductions to form salts of the
mono anion (w), the dianion (Qj$-), etc. The f i t thrcc reduction potentials M -0.5,
-0.9 and -1.3 V in benmnitrile vs. SCE.65
Treatment of CrlI(TPP) (TPP is the dianion of meso-teaaphenylprphyrin)with
C60 in tetrahydrofuran (THF) results in the formation of the salt
[CrxII(THF),(TPP)+][c60-]which has been isolated as a purple-black nolid
CT~(TPP)+~~(C~O * ~ ~apparently does not compete with THP in
- ) . ~anion
ligating the chromium ion. The electronic spcctntm of the complex shows a shift in the
Sont band from 421 nm for (TPP)CrII to 451 for the CrIn product, and a shift In the

fullmnc absorption from 330 to 339 which is indicative of one-electron reduction. The
magnedc Nsceptibilty of the solid shows Curie-Weiss behavia with a room temperatun
moment of 4,2(1)p~.The expected moment for a non-interacting S = 3/2. It2 system is.
4.27 WB. In THF solution the complex behaves as a 1:1 electrolyte. but in toluene solution
back elaxma uansfer occul~lto give a so~ution of c r 4 T P P ) and neutral c60.
The reduction potentialof cobdtooene ( 4 9 8 V vs. SCE)is such that it is capable
of causingeither one or two electron ~eductionof &69*m Addition of cottaltoccne to ~ 6 0
in 1:1 ratio in benmnitrile solution yields brown [(rl5-C5Hs)2Co+](C60-)*PhCN.69
~ d d i d o nof excess cobaltooene is reported to generate the dianion, (&2-).69 The epr
spectrum of [(qs-CsH~hCo+l(Qo-).PhCN in tctrahydmfuran shows a resonance at g =
1.9969 with a temperature dependent linewidth (7 G at 4.5 K. 24 G at 130 K).
Additionally, the material shows a sharp spike of low intensity at g = 2.000. Read and
coworkerr suggest that the spike arises from t h d population of an excited statc that
could result from splitting of the degeneracy of the qustate. Reductionwas suggested to
caw a &onion from b to Ds symmetry that would split the qustate into2Ah and2E1,
states.@ However, the absence of this spike in other salts raises the possibility that the
s p bm ts from Species Other than (*).
Ttaatmcnt of Qo with excess cobaltocene in carbon disulfide produces black
crystals of [(~~-C~S~CO+](Q~-).CSZ that were bartly suitable for X-ray dithction.70
A view of molecule packing of the components is given in R g m 2 1. The anion


shows orientational disorder with two different orientations resolved. Unfortunately, the
poor crystal quality and the disorder do not allow a meaningfd analysis ofthe effect of
reduction on the geometry of the fulleride component. The dimensions of the cobalt corn-
plex, however, me consistent with the pnsence of the cobaiticiniurn ion rather than neutral
cobaltocene. The epr spectrum, with a narrow line at g = 1.998, which broadens on
wanning, is indicative of elccrron transfer to give the fulleride ion. The epr spccmm at 4
K does not show the known features of neutral cobaltocene, n a does it show evidence of a
namw spike at higher tempratures.
The electron-reservoir complex, ((q%!5Hs)FeI(q6-C&qj) 1, is an even stronger
reductant (Eln 1.55 V vs. SCE in dimethylfoxmamide) than cobaltocc11e.7~Consequent-
ly it should be capable of effwting reduction of %through three steps eventually to form
the trianion, &3-. Indeed, titration of Qo with ((~$-CsHs)FeI(q6-QMeg)) produces
rhree dark brown, paramagnetic, air sensitive salts: [(qs-C~Hs)Fen(116-CM~)+lo.
[(rls-CsHs)Fen(116-CsMe6)+12(C602-), and [(r15-CSHs)Fen(r16-CMe6)+13(C603-).72 A
sharp, symmetrical epr line was observed at g = 2.0020 for the salts that contained (&-)
(linewidth 2.6 0)and (C&-) (linewidth 4.0 G ) at 300 K. For [(qS-CsH5)Fe~(q6-
, the resonance at g = 2.0040 exhibited a linewidth that
dropped markedly with ternpcraturefrom46G at 30 K m 6 G at 4 K.

4 . Cocrystallization of c60 with Organometallic and Inorganic Reagents

In addition to forming solids that incorporate significant amounts of solvent
rnokcules during crystal growth, as seen in c&4Cfi6,34-36 the fulkrenes have a
propensity to cocrystallize with organomctallic and inorganic complexes. Somc degree of
charge-transfer. with Gjo acting as an electron acceptor, may be present in these mBtcLlials.
Consequently, they are related to the salts described in the previous section, and it is
anticipated that a range of solids with varying degrees of charge aansfer will be found.
Mixing solutions of C+jo and ferrocene results in crystallization of the solid
Qj(p((qs-C@s)zFe)2.72 The smcture consists of isolated molecules which make only
van der Waals contact with one another. A view of the packing within the solid is shown
in Figure 22. One of the cyclopentadienyl rings of the femene molecule is involved in A
stacking with QJ However, the oxidation potential for femcene is such that full elcctron
transfer is not accomplished.
C60 also cocrystallizes from benzene solution with Fe&o)4(q5-cfls)4 to fonn
the ternary material C 6 0 . ( k 4 ( C 0 ) 4 ( ~ 5 , C g H 5 ) 4 ) * 3 ~ . 7F3 i p 23 shows a view of the


unit cell down the a axis. The geometrical features of the individual componentsdo not
show any significant variation from their n d structurts. The fullerem is ordend in this
solid. Three of the four cyclopcntadienylrings of the organomtallic complex BTC involved
in face-to-face. IC-IC interactions with adjacent 0molecules. The orientations of these and
some dimensions within the triad of Gjrj molecules an also given in Figure 23. The
infrared spectrum of the solid shows a slight shift in v(C0) for the iron cluster (from1626
cm for ( F ~ ( C O ) ~ ( ~ S - C ~to S ) ~ )cm-l in the ternary cocrystals). This shift is
H 1640
consistent with a weak donor function for the organometailic component
Attempts to coordinate PdClz units onto Gjo through reaction with the txakmcly
labile complex, (PhCN)2PdC12, in benzene solution have resulted in the formation of
another ternary material: Cao.2(P&C112).2.5Qj&74 A view of the unit cell is shown in
Figure 24. The P&C112 cluster, which has dimensions similar to that of ( trans
Cl-Cl distance, 6.54 A; trans Pd***Pddistance, 4.67 A), forms by a spontaneous, self-
association process. Benzene rings arc intersperstd between the fullmne and the Pdgc112
clusters. There appears to be a strong attraction between (PQCl12)and conventional,flat
aromatic molecules.7S since a variety of binary cocrystals of Pic112 with aromatic
molecules (benzene, hexamethylbenzene.and mcsitylene) have been preparcd.74

5 . Additions to C70
The structural complexity of the fullennes increases as their size inrreases.76*77
With Qo, the second most abundant fullmne in standard preparations, there are five types
of carbon atoms and eight distinct types of bonds.2 These can be visualized by turning to
Figure 25. The five types of carbon atoms are anangd in parallel layers, a feature which
is uaiqu~to this fulleme. If addition is confmd to 6 6 ringjunctions. then that arc four
possible single addition proaucts that can be anticipated to form upon additions to C70.
The mults of H k k d molecular orbital calculationarc included in Figure 25.77 The
1 9 aad 7.8 C-C bonds at the 6 6 ring junctions at the poles of the molecule have the
highest x bond &and an expected to be the most lcBctive by that criterion.

5 .I A&n of Ir(CO)Cl(PR3)2
The formation Of the adduct ( ~ 2 - c ~ ~ ) ~ ( c o ) ~ ~ ( Pthrough P h ~the )~~2.~c~
xeacdo6 of Ir(CO)Cl(PPhgh with C70 gave a crystalline matcrial that produced the first
detailed pmetric picture of any fulleEne larger than Qo.78 Figure 26 shows a view of
the m o W that was obtainedfrom a single crystal X-ray study. Despite the possibility of
f w g a variety of ngio isomers, only one crystalline compound is formed. It has the
iridimtuamc a d h a t 4 to a 1.9 C-C bond type (at a 6:6ringjunction) at one pole of the
molecule. The con structure of the fullmne conforms to expectation. It possesses an
ellipeoidrl shape with a 7.90 A distance dong the long axis and a 6.82 A diameter. Notice
that the a m a m of the mlcculc is highest at the poles, whik the hexagons about the waist
of the molecule arc actually concave. The C-C bond distances from that structure arc
ComPIped in Table 11to those of C 7 0 - 6 ( S 8 ) , ~to ~ . those
~ of a nlatcd double addition
product.81 and to those h m a theoretical calculation.82 These data arc a l l consistent with
one another, and they indicate that complex formation causes only a local structural
ddonnadon of the carbon cage. The redetermination of the structure in the C70 /S8
cocryst&,0 however, gives the most accurate C C distances.
'IYw hlation of only one isomer of(q2-C7r$rOO)Cl(PPh3)2 can be attributed to the
r c v d W t y of the simple addition naction that is involved in its fonnation. The formation
of thfr particular isomer ~eflcctsboth the high R b o n d d e r of the 1.9 bond, and the fact
that tlm molecule is most curved near the poles while it is flattened about its equator.
Because of the curvature, carbon atoms 1 and 9 an the most pyramidalizcd. Binding of
ofganomtallic reagents to fullennes results in some degree of local distortion. This
distortion arises from the added pyramidalization of the carbon atoms that arc bound

Bond Bond Order

6 6 ring fusion
1.9 0.597
7.8 0.602
22.23 0.545
2334 0.489
6 5 ring fusion
12 0.477
67 0.479
122 0.469
21,22 0.534


Figure 26. The stNCue of (q2-C70)Ir(CO)CI(PPh3)2 as determined by X-ray crystallographv ( b m

nfaencc 78).

by the added group. For C70, the most curved, and consequently most pyramidializcd,
carbon atoms am thc most thamodynamically reactive atoms in the cluster.
Multiple addition of Vaska-type complexes to C70 has also been explored. If
a d d i t i d reactivity is confmcd to the 1.9 bonds at the opposite pole of C70 then thne
double addition products can result. The possible sites of reactivity arc shown in Figure
27.where site A rcprtscnts the position that places the two added groups closest together,
site C is the site &a&positions the two p u p s funhest apart, and site B places them at an
intenaediatedistance. With the more reactive complex, Ir(CO)Cl(PMe2Ph)2, crystalline
forms of both single and double addition products have been obtained.81 The reaction is
controlled by the stoichionwry in the addition reaction. The structure of the singleaddition
product rcstmblcs that of the triphenylphosphine analog, and again, addition to a 19 bond
occurs 88 secn in Figure 28. The reaction of C70 with a 6- to 12-fold excess of
Ir(CO)Cl(PMe2Ph)2 produces a remarkably homogeneous crystalline material, (q2-
C7o)(Ir(cO)Cl~M~~~)~~3cgH6.~1 The structure of the complex is shown in Figure
28. The product has a structure that cornsponds to addition to site B of Figure 27. That is
the site that places the two added groups at an intermediate distance apart. In this double
addition product, all of the four phenyl rings hug the C70 unit and arc involved in
intratnolccuit~~ z-zcontact.

1.2 1.451 1.453 (3) 1.46(3) 1.440 (6)

Is9 1.375 1.387 (4) 1.38 (I)* 1.386 (19p
6,7 1.446 1.445 (3) 1.45 (3) 1.455 (11)
7.8 1.361 1.378 (3) 1.37 (2) 1.374 (13)
7.22 1.457 1.447 (2) 1.43 (2) 1.444(14)
21.22 1.415 1.426(3) 1.44 (1) 1.427 (8)
22.23 1.407 1.414 (2) 1.42 (3) 1.420 (7)
23.24 1.475 1.462 (4) 1.46 (2) 1.458 (7)
nfarnce 82 80 78 81
a, The bonds that ate coordi~ted
to iridium arc excluded h m the avaage.

o a
o b
@ C

o e
o d
@ C
o b
a a
Figure 27. A diagram that shows thc pmbable sita for ddition of a sccond iridium complex to C70 if
first lddirion impedes sddition tothcsamcplc ofthccclrbon clusta(fran ref- 81).


5.2 Osmyhtion
Treatmat of C70 with osmium tetroxrde in pyridine produces two isomeric single
addition ptOducts.*f These have been separated by chromatography. Structural analysis
by 1% NMR spacaoscopy has shown that the two products involve addition to the 1.9 and
7,s bonds (pigwe 25) in the cluster. Drawings of the smctures of these two isomers am
shown in Figure 29. The ratio of amounts of the 19 addition product to the 7.8 addition
product is 2.1:l. Addition to the 1.9 bond, which is the more prevalent, follows the
pattern sccn in the addition of Vaska-type complexes. The pattern of kinetic addition seen
for the mylation appears to be mntrolled by two factors; the reactivity as expressed in
the 1;bondordcr, and the degree of local curvature within the fullerenene. The 1,9and 7,8
bonds have the highest x bond order, and consequently should be the most reactive .
However, on this criterion alone, the 7,s bond should be the most reactive, yet the 1,9
isomor is man prevalent. The greater reactivity of the 1.9 site has been attributed to the
greater degree of curvature at that site and the degree of pyramidalization of the carbon
atoms,w This a n d has also been noted for the thermodynamically controlled addition of
vaska-typecomplexes to c7o.n
0 PY

1,9 isomer 7,s isomer

P I ~ B. of thc two isolatcd isomers of ~70020~02@y)2 from 1% NMR analysis.
U ~trucrure

Further addition of osmium tetroxide to these two separate single addition products,
results in the formation ofmixtures of double addition products. From the reaction of the
1.9 isomer. six chromatographically separated double-addition products have been found,
while with the 7,8 isomer seven double-addition products were obtained. Four of the

products in the two sets apparently had similar chromatographic behavior. The formation
of these distinct sets of products is a further indication that the osmylation is kinetically
6 . Addition to C76, Osmylation
Osmylation of C76 in the presence of the chiral Sharpless cinchona alkaloid l i w d s
has been used for the kinetic resolution of this c h i d fullmne into its enantiomas.85
Figure 30 shows a view of C76 which contains 30 different carbon-carbon bonds with
fifteen of these at 6:6 ring fusions.851~~ If osmylation occurs at the sites of highest
cwaturc or pyramidalization (as it does in C70) then the two bonds designated 1 and 5 in
Figure 30 are the likely sites for reaction. The resolution process has involved addition of
one equivalent of osmium &@oxideto raccmic C76 in the presence of an excess of the chiral
ligands. Unreactcd c76 was chromatographically separated fromthe complexed fullttene.
The complexcd fuilerene was raduccd with tin(n)chloride in pyridine to l i b = the c76
enantiomcr. The isolated and purified enantiomers were characterized by their circular
dichroism spectla which show a rich array of features in the 300 to 800 nm @on.=

7 . Addition to c g 4
In the conventional contact arc process. C a is one of the wort abundant higher
fullaenes,76but its structural charactaisticsare mon complex than the othcr fullcrcnes that
have been tnated with organomctallic reagents. The 24 isolated-pentagon smctuces87 that
can be drawn for it have &en shown to fall into two disjoint families88 which c ~ l lbe
intcrconvmed through the pyracylene of Stone-Wales transformation.@' Within the p u p
of 24 isolated pentagon isomers the arc four D2 and two DZd isomers as well as isomefi
with different symmetry. Calculations indicate that the specific & (22) and (23)
isomers that am shown in Figure 31 an lowest in energy.% 13C NMR studies of Cgq have
concluded that the 32 line pattern can be explained by the presence of a 2: 1 mixture of the
D2 (22) and b (23) is0mers>19~but no effective chromatographic separation of these
isomers has been found.
Treatment of a saturated benzene solution of C84 with an excess of
Ir(CO)CI(PPh3)2produced black Crystals Of ( ~ 2 - c ~ ) ~ r ( c o ) ~ ~ ( P P h ~ ) The ~04c~6.93
structtln of the complex as determined by a single crystal X-ray diffraction study is shown
in Figure 32. While the complex itself has no crystallographically imposed symmetry, the
geometry of the Cw moiety corresponds to that of the (23) isomer. The distance along
the axis that bisects the C(32)-C(53) and C(42)-C(43)bonds is 8.61 A, while the distance
amom the two axes that an perpendicular to this is 8.34 A. he iridium ion is coordinated
to the C(32)-C(53) bond, which is only one of the 19 different types of C-C bonds in Csq.
HUckel calculationsindicate that this is the bond in Cw that has the highest x-bond order,
and thenfore it should be the most reactive.77 As a consequence of coordination, the
C(32)-C(53) bond length (1.455 (6) A) is considerably longer than that of its counterpart,
the C(42>c(43) bond (1.332 (1 1) A) at the oppositepole of the fulleme.
carefulexamination of the fullerene portion of the structurereveals the presence of
a degrec of disorder. During rcfmement, difference maps revealed electron density in the
hexagons that were adjacent to three bonds: C(17)-C(18), C(42)-C(43). and C(67)-C(68).
Figm 33 shows the location of these additional carbon atoms. In each case the pattern is a
supexposition of that given by the Stone-Wales transformation.89 No other orientationof
the (23) isomer of Csq would produce such a set of added peaks, but the presence of
small amounts of other isomers could produce these features. However, an unambiguous
identification of which other isomer (or isomers) was present was not possible.
Nevertheless, adduct formation and crystallization has produced a sample that consists
pdominantly of the (23) isomer. The selective crystallizationof the Dzd (23) isomer,
which is suspected to be less abundant than the & (22) isomer, may result from a stronger
tendency of that isomer to form adducu. Hiickel calculations show that the Du (23)
isomer has the most localized x-bonding of the fullerenes that have been isolated, and it has
been suggested that it will be the most reactive towad addition reactions.7
Since three different fullerenes, C a , C70, and C84. have all been structurally
charactaized with the samc organometallic p u p , Ir(CO)Q(PPhjh. aff'iied to the exterior,
it is revealing to compare the three. Figure 34 presents a view of this to scale so that the
d i f f ~ n c c in
s sizes and shapes of the thre fullerenes arc apparent.

c s the
Figure 31. Ideal s t ~ ~ h ufor (23) and (22) isomus of c84. (from referem 93). The
n u m h in pamthesi refer to the tabulation of isomers in nfaence 87.

F C n 32. Ihe strucarnof (q2-s4)Ir(Co)CI(3~ (from reference 93).


8 . Isolation of Endohedrai Compounds

Then have been a substantial number of reports on the detection of endohednd
metal fullercne c l u s t e r s . ~ - 1These
~ have involved mass spectroscopicstudies of species
produced in the gas phase or spectroscopic studies that involve the detection of individual
species, particular via epr technique, in complex mixtures. Only recently, however, has it
proven possible to devise methods that allow for the separation and purification of
Thrce discandium fullerenes Scz@c74,sCz@c82. and Scz@Ca have now becn
prepared, separated and The synthesis involved the arc burning of rods made
from graphite powder, pitch and Sc2O3. The soot that was produced was extracted with
carbon disulfide. A toluene solution of the extract was first subjected to HPLC with a
polystyrene column which separated out six fractionsthat containedrespectively Cao,C70,
c7&78. C a , "t&o", and "C% and higher fullerencs". The fractions containing the two
higher fullcrcne materials were then subjected to a sccond chromatographic procedun using
a Trident Tri-DNP column108. In this process the ''W fraction was separated into its
components Cg4. C86. Scz@C74. (30.Cg2, ( 3 6 . Scz@Cg2, and S c 2 @ 3 ~ 4 .
Unfortunately, yields of these products were not reported. The individual components
wen identified by lascr-desorption timc-of-flightmass specaoscopythat was performed on
the individual isolated materials. Additionally the attempts to obscrvc epr spectral for the
samples of the three endohcdral compounds did not produce resonances, and it has been
concluded that the products were diamagnetic. The electronic absorption spccaum has
been obtained for Sc2@C@in toluene solution, and this is shown in Figure 35. The




- . ic. . I . . . I

800 700 600 500 400 300

Wavelength 1 nm
Figure 35. The Uv/vis absorption spectrum of a toluene solution of Sc2@Cu (from
reference 107). The arrows show absorptionsthat are absent in the spectrum of Cw.

featum at 380,500and 680 nm are characteristic of the endohedral complex since they do
not appear in the spectrum of C84 itself. The external shape of sCz@(384 has been
examined by scanning-tunneling-microscopy.lw The images show a roughly spherical
shape of the molecules with no protrusions. Consequently, it was concluded that the
scandium atoms were indeed encapsulated within the cluster. However, some variation in
external shape is evident in the images, and this may be due to intrinsic asymmetry of the
cluster and or the presence of isomeric species.lw
By working under anaerobic conditions, it has been found that a number of newly
detected and air-sensitive metallo-fullerenescan be extracted.110 Several new lanthano-
fullcmncr have been detected by epr spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy in this fashion.
Lanthrnumcarbide has been found to give improved yields of these lanthano-fullerenes. 111
hother article reports that contact arc vaporization of graphite in an atmosphere of
Fe(C0)s yields an extractable material that may contain The material was
subjected to chromatography but not efficiently separated from other fullerenes. It has been
examined by M6ssbauer and Fe-K EXAFS measurements.
The isolation and purification of these endohedral complexes is an exciting and
wclcom advance in this field.1139114 It may be anticipated that this work will lead to more
detailed information on the structure and physical properties of these remarkable molecules.

1thank the U. S.National Science Foundation for support of fullerene research at
Davis, Marilyn Olmstead and Bruce No11 for their crystallographic work, Joong Lee and
Bmce Noll for help with the graphics, h a Ginwalla, Dave Costa and Joong Lee for their
experimentalcontributions, Joe Calabrese for providing some crystallographiccoordinates,
and Eileen Rivera for help in preparing this document.


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Chapter 15

Fullerene-contaioing Polymers

Roger Taylor

From the time that they were discovered, the possibility of using fullerenes in the
formation of polymers has been very much in the minds of chemists and materials
scientists. Three main possibilities arise: a) The polymer may consist of linked fullerenes
(either directly or by means of a small 'spacer') giving polymers of the 'pearl necklace'
type); b) the fullerenes may be attached regularly to a polymeric backbone chain (giving
a pendant chain effect); c) the polymer may have the fullerene as a relatively small
percentage of the overall composition, the hllerene molecules being located at
structurally significant points. The latter group includes the copolymers.
Giver the current high cost of fullerenes, only polymers of the latter category
have any prospect of being utilised at the present time, and good progress has been made
in creating polymers showing promise of having special applications.

1. 'Puui-Neckface' Polymers
1. I Directly-linked Fullerenes. The simplest pattern that can be envisaged here is that
shown in Figures 1 and 2. None of the former type are yet known, but the latter can be
produced by irradiation of the fullerene in the absence of oxygen (which quenches the
first excited triplet state of [60]fullerene and hence reaction) by either W or visible light,
resulting in a (2 + 2) cycloaddition of up to twelve [6O]fullerene The
product is no longer soluble in toluene, but can be dissolved in boiling isodurene. Given
that the number of double bonds in [6O]&llerene is thirty, numerous conformations of the
product are possible. However, twelve of these are sterically precluded, and the

Fig. 1 Schematic for a 'pearl-necklace' fullerene polymer involving single-bond linkages


remaining seventeen is reduced to seven by symmetry. Neverthless the number of

conformations approaches 7" where n is the number of fillerene molecules involved.
(Steric interaction will preclude some of the conformations that involve doubling back of
the chain.)

Fig. 2 Schematic for a 'pearl-necklace'fdlerene polymer involving two-bondlinkages

Polymerisation is accompanied by loss of the'Raman band at 1469 cm-1 and

formation of one at 1458 cm-l, consistent with the altered bonding in the product.
Polymerisation only occurs to any significant extent above 260 K, the temperature at
which [60]fillerene becomes disordered which permits close and parallel approach of the
bonds required in the 2 + 2 cycloaddition process, which calculations have indicated to
be the most plausible scheme for dimerisation and polymerisation of fillerenes.2
[70]Fullerene also polymerises under the same conditions, but here only four
molecules become detectably linked, a result attributed to there being fewer reactive
bonds in [70]fullerene compared to [60]fillerene, and fewer conformations available that
can result in reaction Moreover, [70]fillerene is less reactive than [60]lllerene
towards cycloaddition reactions in general.
Linkage of [60]fullerene molecules in this way can also be brought about by the
use of very high pressures of 5 gigapascals and temperatures between 500 and 800 OC.4
A toluene-insoluble material is formed, having a 9.22 A intermolecular spacing. A
problem arises here (and also in the case of RbC60 which on cooling below 400 K
undergoes orthorhombic distortion giving an interhllerene distance of 9.12 A)s in that
the interhllerene distance is calculated6 to be 8.5 A for (c60)2, so the interhllerene
distance must be exceptionally long, and considerable longer than a normal C-C bond;
strong repulsion between the x-clouds could be responsible
It is relevant therefore that recent work involving drift-tube experiments has
indicated that two main species are involved. One corresponds to structures resulting
from 2 + 2 cycloaddition, the other to a more fused (unspecified) isomer.7 Other
workers have found that using higher powers for the desorbing laser, species C11g,
C116, etc involving C2 loss are obtained, and likewise for species involving fbrther

polymerisation. 899 For example, the peak corresponding to 10c60 was 500 amu
deficient, correspondingto the loss of 42 carbon atoms. Possible structures for the dimer
have been considered, and their energies calculated. These showed that the dispirane (1)
could be the structure for C118 and it is relevant therefore that a related spirane
stmcture (2) has also been proposed (based on chemical reasoning) for the structure of
CI19 produced fiom ~600.10

(1) (2)
1.2 1.rectIy-linkd Fullerenes. Figure 3 shows the next most simple polymeric
fillerem stmcture that can be envisaged, i.e. involving a spacer group.

t. n

Fig. 3 Schematic for a 'pearl-necklace'fuilerenepolymer, involving a spacer group

Although there is no evidence yet for the presence of the hydrogen shown in such
polymers, they (or some other group) are necessary if an exceptional amount of bond re-
organidon in the cage (and the unfavourable placement of double bonds in pentagonal
rings) is to be avoided, as would be the case if R groups alone are present. However, the
latter mmgement has been assumed to exist in the polymer C60Pdn formed from
[6O]hIlerene and the complex Pd2(dibenzylideneacetone)3CHC13 (which undergoes
ligand diaplacement.If Large values of n were associated with the use of large
stoicheiemetricquantities of the complex, but n was never less than one if [6O]fbllerene
was in excess, consistent with a chain having one palladium per fbllerene cage. On
heating the polymer, some [60]Mlerene is released, and the value of n increases to ca. 3,
consistent with the formation of a lattice polymer. For n values > ca. 3, the polymer

behaves as a hydrogenation catalyst, indicating the presence of some palladium on the

polymer surface. Similar polymers can be formed with platinum. l2
Embryonic ('charm bracelet') structures of the type shown in Figure 3 have been
obtained as shown in Figure 4, in which the bonding to the central aromatic ring may be
either meta or para, giving an incipient pendant chain. They have been prepared as
shown in Scheme 1, and have very low solubility in organic solvents.l3

Fig. 4 Embryonic structure of a 'pearhecklace'fullerene poiymer ( d p linkage to the centrat ring)

Scheme I Methods of formation of poiymer section shown in Fig. 4

The embryonic polymer section shown in Figure 4 was an early demonstration of

what might be achieved in terms of multiple addition of hllerene molecules to chains.
However, the insolubility of the product showed that the approach would have to be
modified if useable products were to be obtained. A number of techniques have been
therefore been employed to improve the solubility of the polymers. For those of the type
shown in Figure 4, derivatives with hydroxy groups para to the bridging group have
been made (Figure 5 ) and then polymerised either with sebacoyl chloride
[CICO(CH2)8COCI] to give a polyester, or with hexamethyldiisocyanate to give a
polyurethane.14 The latter proved to be insoluble, but the polyester is more tractable.

Fig. 5 Routes to the formation of polymkrs and polyurethanes

1.3 Copijmers. In this sub-division of the previous group, the fbllerenes appear within a
polymex chain, but the inter-lllerene length can be considerable. The fullerene can be
incorporated either as the other component of the polymer is formed fiom monomer, or
attached subsequently to a preformed polymer chain; both techniques have been used.
1.3.1 Atlachment of a Fullerene to a Preformed PoI'er Chain. A polymer with indirect
links between the fullcrenes was obtained by reacting non cross-linked polystyrene with
fbllerenes in the presence of aluminium trichloride, to give Lewis acid-catalysed
akylaticm of the fullerenes and a highly cross-linked product.15 An alternative
procedure hss made use of the fact that fbllerenes are highly reactive towards anions and
nucleophilca. Polyethylene films, functionalized with diphenylmethyl groups, have acidic
hydrogens present as a result of these groups. Deprotonation may be therefore affected
with e.g. b u t y l - l i t h i u m - ~ ~ ~ , ~ - t e t r a m e t h y I ~ h y l e n etod i ~give
e an anionic
polyethylene surface which then attacks [6O]lllerene to give, following quenching with
methanol, the fullerene incorporated polymer; properties were not reported.16
In order to try to circumvent the all-important solubility problem, polymers have
been made in which [6O]lllerene is added, through cycloaddition, to azido-substituted
polystyrmss (44 b, c). After N2 loss, these polystyrenes react with [6O]lllerene to give
the corresponding Illerene-containing polymers (5% b, c). Mainly mono(cyc1o)addition
occurs and so there is relatively little cross-linking. In these products, the respective
amount of [6O]lllerene incorporated is 5.5,21, and 29 wt.-%, and the products are very
soluble in organic solvents. The molecular weights range from 27,000 (polydispersity
2.04) to 38,500 (polydispersity 3.12), and the respective glass transition temperatures are
112, 142, and 160 "C compared to 97 "C for azidopoiystyrene.17Note that in these
polymers, nitrogen inserts into the bond common to a 5- and a 6-membered ring.

(4), a) x = 99, y = 1
b) x = 94, y = 6
c ) x = 8 9 , y = 11

Scheme 2 Cycloaddition of azido-substituted polystyrenes to [60]lllerene, giving soluble polymers

The need to produce solvent-soluble polymers has lead to a number of ingenious

solutions, which have in particular concentrated on the incorporation of amino groups.
For example, reaction of [60]fullerene with amino-containing poly(oxyethy1ene) or
poly(oxypropy1ene) polymers (6, R = I-, Me, n variable) gave products soluble in both
water and toluene. For some of these, water solubility was achieved in acid solution only
but the polymer could be completely regenerated upon neutralisation. The formation
depends upon the ready reaction of amines (and nucleophiles in general) with
[60]hllerene, but the sites of addition are not known; an average of approximately three
polymer molecules are joined to each fdlerene molecule. The extent of solubility of the
products depended markedly upon the aminopolymer:[60]fullerene ratio. When this was
small the opportunity for cross-linking the hllerene was reduced, and so insoluble
products were not obtained (though formation of soluble ones was very slow). At higher
ratios, soluble products were obtained only during the first 30 h of reaction time, after
which cross-linking evidently occurs, 18

(6, R = H, Me, n variable)

Another similar approach (in which an amino-containing polymer goes 'fishing'


for [60]hUerene) has been used as shown in Scheme 3.19 The polymers contain ca.
200 mg of fillerene per gram of polymer, and (7a) is soluble in toluene and carbon


Scheme 3 'Charmbracelet' soluble polymm formed from [6O]fullerene and aminopolymers

This technique has also been used in the reaction between[60]hllerene and
amine-fhctionalised ethylene-propylene terpolymer (Scheme 4).20 Reaction was
brought about by stirring the reagents together for 1 week at room temperature. The
polymer was precipitated with acetone, redissolved in THF or hexane to give a reddish
product, soluble (except for cu. 5% attributed to cross-linking) in xylene.

Scheme 4 R a d o n betwaen I60fhdlereneand amine-fiurctonalisedcthylene-propylene oopolymer


1.3.2 Incorporation of a Fullerene into a Forming Pobmer Chain. This technique

appears at present to give less control of the polymer product. The sole example
concerns pyrolysis of paracyclophane to give para-xylylene diradical as a comonomer,
followed by polymerisation of this in the presence of [60]hllerene. This gives the
polymer shown in Figure 6,21 in which the d n ratio was about 3.4 but due to extensive
cross linking, the polymer was insoluble, and proved also to be unstable in air.

Fig. 6 Structure of a [60]lllerene-xylylenecopolymer

2. Dendrimers

The technique used to prepare the polymers (5) shown in Scheme 2, has also
been used to prepare dendritic hllerenes or dendrimers. The polymer shown in Figure 7
is, like the polymers (S), also very soluble in organic solvents, has a glass transition
temperature of 325 K (again higher than that, 3 12 K for the initial azide), and is formed
with only 5% of diaddition to the hllereneF2 as might be expected in view of the large
steric hindrance in the addend.

Fig. 7 Dendritic polymer formed by cycloadditionof an azide to I60jfullerene


A soluble dendritic polymer related to the homofbllerene compound shown in

Figure 5 has also been made &om the phenolic precursor.23 By suitable choice of
conditions to minimise side reactions (which cause increasing lllerene content with
increasing molecular weight), the product shown in Figure 8 with each phenolic oxygen
coupled to a dendritic unit, was made in 90% yield.

Fig. 8 A soluble dendritic polymer formed from a homofullerene (fulleroid)

3. Starfolymers
Use here has also been made of the fact that fi~llerenesare extremely reactive
towards anions.By reacting [60]&llerene with a living poiystyrene anion, polymers with
the formula [60]fillerene(p0Iy~tyrene)~, where x = 1 - 10, have been obtained (Scheme
51.24 There was a trend to formation of higher molecular mass species as the

CH3-CHz-CH-Li + styrene

Scheme 5 Method of formation of a [60]fullerene-polystyrenecopolymer


polystyrene:[60)f3lerene ratio increased, and appeared to pass through a maximum for

values of x = 4 10, from which it was inferred that this corresponds approximately to
the number of chains that can be accommodated on the ikllerene core, which seems
reasonable. The evidence is thus that the polymer has star-like characteristics, and other
polymers of this type are described below. In contrast to the material obtained fFom
polystyrene, the product here was highly soluble and melt processable, making it
amenable to spin-coating, solvent casting, and melt extrusion.
Star copolymers have also been made by reaction of [60]fillerenenols (see Chap.
5) with diisocyanated urethane polyether prepolymer, followed by quenching with 1-
dodecanol (Scheme 6).25 The average molecular weight was 18,000 (maximum 26,100)
so the polydispersity of the product, 1.45, is extremeiy narrow; it has a glass transition
temperature of -67 *C. The molecular weight shows that there are six arms to each
fillerene, and possibly these are located at the octahedral sites. Some hydroxy groups
must remain unattacked, due to steric hindrance.

Scheme 6 Formation of a star polymer by reaction of fulbrenols with urthane polyether prcpolymer

4. Electroactive Polymers
Cyclic voltammetry of 6 1,61-bis(trimethylsilylbutadiynyl)-1,2,-dihydro-1,2-
methano[60]fillerene(8) showed a single well-defined one-electron reduction at 1.OO v.
During repeated potential cycling (0.1 vfs), the voltammetric peak current increased with

the number of scans, due to the formation of an immobilised electroactive coating on the
electrode, believed to be an air-stable polymer. The fact that the film continued to build
up even after it had covered the electrode suggested that it is electrically conducting.,
and can be used as an electrode material.26


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