C60F20: "Saturnene", an extraordinary squashed fullerene

Olga V. Boltalina, Vitaly Yu Markov, Pavel A. Troshin, Adam D. Darwish, Joan M. Street, Roger Taylor

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Flattened poles and an expanded equator reminiscent of a spinning planet characterize the cage structure of D5d C60F20 ("saturnene", see picture) which is based on two dehydrocorannulene moieties bound together by a (CF)20 chain. C60F20 was isolated from the reaction of C60 with K2PtF6 in a vacuum at 470°C. The 19F NMR spectrum shows a single line at δ = - 132.8. The unique structure of C60F20 suggest use as a synthon for derivatives having donor-acceptor properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-789
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Fluorine
  • Fullerenes
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Polyaddition


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