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The Fullerenes C60 and C70 within Aqueous Clusters

 

In C60(H20)80 (below left) the 20 inner-sphere water molecules interact by means of their hydrogen atoms to the pi-electrons in the six-membered rings. In C60(OH-)6(H20)80 (below right), the fullerene water cluster has 20 nearest-neighbor water molecules plus six nearest-neighbor hydroxide ions. The six hydroxide ions are able to fit under the hydrogen-bonded outer sphere water and interact with the carbon atoms by means of their free lone-pair electrons. The remaining 20 inner-sphere water molecules interact by means of their hydrogen atoms to the pi-electrons in the six-membered rings.

 


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C60(H20)80


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C60(OH-)6(H20)80

 


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C70(H2O)90


 

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