Production, characterization and reactions of fullerenes
Chibante, Luis Paulo Felipe
Smalley, Richard E.
Doctor of Philosophy
The new third form of carbon, known collectively as fullerenes, is studied in several general aspects. Efficient production methods have been developed along with an increased understanding into the formation mechanisms. Several physical and chemical properties are investigated in attempts to characterize these unique molecules. An exciting feature of these all-carbon molecules is their ability to undergo chemical modification while maintaining their cage structure, unlike diamond or graphite. One of the fundamental alterations is the addition of oxygen atoms to the cage. Techniques to produce these derivatives and their characterization is also presented.
Physical chemistry; Analytical chemistry; Engineering; Materials science