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ENDOR Evidence of Electron–H2 Interaction in a Fulleride Embedding H2

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posted on 08.08.2012, 00:00 authored by Alfonso Zoleo, Ronald G. Lawler, Xuegong Lei, Yongjun Li, Yasujiro Murata, Koichi Komatsu, Marilena Di Valentin, Marco Ruzzi, Nicholas J. Turro
An endofulleropyrrolidine, with H2 as a guest, has been reduced to a paramagnetic endofulleride radical anion. The magnetic interaction between the electron delocalized on the fullerene cage and the guest H2 has been probed by pulsed ENDOR. The experimental hyperfine couplings between the electron and the H2 guest were measured, and their values agree very well with DFT calculations. This agreement provides clear evidence of magnetic communication between the electron density of the fullerene host cage and H2 guest. The ortho-H2/para-H2 interconversion is revealed by temperature-dependent ENDOR measurements at low temperature. The conversion of the paramagnetic ortho-H2 to the diamagnetic para-H2 causes the ENDOR signal to decrease as the temperature is lowered due to the spin catalysis by the paramagnetic fullerene cage of the radical anion fulleride.