Reaction of alkali metal intercalated C60 with oxygen: Deintercalation, activation, and decomposition

G. Jeffrey Snyder, Arndt Simon*

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The air sensitivity of C60 intercalated with an alkali metal has been known for some years. It is shown here that for K6C6, and Rb6C60 the route by which the deintercalation occurs involves–rather unexpectedly–the formation of the alkali metal carbonates, not the oxides. This observation is used to explain why impurity oxygen does not exist in alkali‐metal‐intercalated C60 although it is extremely difficult to remove oxygen from non‐intercalated C60.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-376
Number of pages3
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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