The Structure of C60: Orientational Disorder in the Low‐Temperature Modification of C60

Hans‐Beat ‐B Bürgi, Eric Blanc, Dieter Schwarzenbach*, Shengzhong Liu, Ying‐jie ‐j Lu, Manfred M. Kappes, James A Ibers

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The crystal structure of buckminsterfullerene C60 (depicted on the right) determined below 249 K shows a temperature‐dependent twofold orientational disorder of the molecules with ΔH = 1.06(5) kJ mol−1 and ΔS = 0.0(4) J K−1 mol−1. In agreement with the small energy difference, the intermolecular contacts are found to be very similar for both molecular orientations. The CC bond lengths are 1.450(3) and 1.387(3) Å. (Figure Presented.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-643
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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