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Capturing the Long-Sought Small-Bandgap Endohedral Fullerene Sc3N@C82 with Low Kinetic Stability

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posted on 04.03.2015, 00:00 by Tao Wei, Song Wang, Fupin Liu, Yuanzhi Tan, Xianjun Zhu, Suyuan Xie, Shangfeng Yang
The long-sought small-bandgap endohedral fullerene Sc3N@C82 with low kinetic stability has been successfully synthesized and isolated for the first time, for which the molecular structure has been unambiguously determined as Sc3N@C82-C2v(39718) by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The C82-C2v(39718) (or labeled as C82-C2v(9) according to the conventional numbering of the isolated pentagon rule (IPR) isomers based on the Fowler–Monolopoulos spiral algorithm) isomeric cage of Sc3N@C82 agrees well with its most stable isomer previously predicted by DFT computations and is dramatically different to those of the reported counterparts M3N@C82Cs(39663) (M = Gd, Y) based on a non-IPR C82 isomer, revealing the strong dependence of the cage isomeric structure on the size of the encaged metal for C82-based metal nitride clusterfullerenes (NCFs).