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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Steven Stevenson

Sponsor Department/Program

Department of Biology

Student Department/Program

Department of Chemistry

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne


We strive to develop new separation strategies for isolating endohedral metallofullerenes, which contain clusters of metals, carbides, nitrides, or oxides that are trapped inside fullerene cages. We seek a non-chromatographic approach that will take advantage of differences in chemical reactivity among the 50+ different types of fullerenes and metallofullerenes. Metallofullerenes possess an electron-rich carbon cage surface that can react with electron-deficient Lewis acids. We report an improved separation method to replace the currently used aluminum chloride technique with more selective Lewis acids. Results indicate a successful and selective separation of a diverse array of metallofullerene types.


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Isolation of Various Endohedral Metallofullerenes with a More Efficient Lewis Acid

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