Structure, chirality, and formation of giant icosahedral fullerenes and spherical graphitic onions

Mauricio Terrones, Guillermo Terrones, Humberto Terrones

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We describe the topology, structure, and stability of giant fullerenes exhibiting various symmetries (I, Ih, D2h, T). Our results demonstrate that it is possible to create two new families of nested "crural" icosahedral (I) fullerenes namely C260@C 560@C980@C1520@ ... and C140@C 380@C740@C1220@ ..., which exhibit interlayer separations of ca. 3.4 Å. These chiral fullerenes are thought to possess metalliclike conduction properties. We discuss in detail the transformation of polyhedral graphitic particles into quasispherical nested giant fullerenes by reorganization of carbon atoms, which result in the formation of additional pentagonal and heptagonal carbon rings. These "spherical" structures are metastable and we believe they could be formed under extreme conditions, such as those produced by high-energy electron irradiation. There is circumstantial experimental evidence for the presence of heptagonal rings within these spherical fullerenes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-384
Number of pages12
JournalStructural Chemistry
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2002


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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