Endohedral Metallofullerenes: Fullerenes with Metal Inside presents a comprehensive survey of the current state of kwledge on endohedral metallofullerenes, from preparation to functionalization, reactivity and applications. Following a brief historical overview, the book describes methods for synthesis, extraction, separation and purification, and provides an insight into the molecular and crystal structures. Subsequent chapters discuss various categories of endohedral metallofullerenes based on the encapsulated species, including carbides, nitrides, sulphides, oxides, n-metal and n-IPR endohedral metallofullerenes, followed by scanning tunneling microscopy studies and the examination of electronic, vibrational, magnetic and optical properties. The book concludes with chapters addressing the chemical functionalization of endohedral metallofullerenes, and applications ranging from solar cells to biomedicine.
Hisanori Shinohara Department of Chemistry, Nagoya University, Japan Nikos Tagmatarchis Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece Foreword by Sir Harold Kroto