Controlling van der Waals contacts in complexes of fullerene C60

Jerry L. Atwood, Leonard J. Barbour, Michael W. Heaven, Colin L. Raston

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An impurity aids in the purification of C60. A 1:1 complex of C60 and calix[5]arene crystallizes from toluene (see picture) with the fullerenes organized in a one-dimensional zigzag array shrouded by a sheath of calixarenes. The complex forms in the presence of other globular molecules including C70, the major impurity in fullerite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3254-3257
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggregation
  • Calixarenes
  • Crystal growth
  • Fullerenes
  • Host-guest systems


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