It was found that BuLi plays a dual role in the polymerization of fullerene: the addition of a first molecule of BuLi makes C60 tending to polymerize, while the addition of more BuLi molecules to the other reactive double bonds impedes this process.
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Atovmyan, E.G., Grishchuk, A.A. & Fedotova, T.N. Some trends observed in fullerene polymerization activated by butyllithium isomers. Russ Chem Bull 61, 2178–2179 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11172-012-0306-0