The Hydrogenated Fullerenes

  • Franco Cataldo
  • Susana Iglesias-Groth

Part of the Carbon Materials: Chemistry and Physics book series (CMCP, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Susana Iglesias-Groth, Franco Cataldo
    Pages 1-25
  3. Gennady J. Kabo, Larisa S. Karpushenkava, Yauheni U. Paulechka
    Pages 55-83
  4. Jonathan B. Briggs, Glen P. Miller
    Pages 105-125
  5. Franco Cataldo, Susana Iglesias-Groth, Arturo Manchado
    Pages 149-170
  6. Mattias Hedenström, Thomas Wågberg, Dan Johnels
    Pages 171-202
  7. Franco Cataldo, Susana Iglesias-Groth, Arturo Manchado
    Pages 203-223
  8. A. V. Bazhenov, I. O. Bashkin, K. P. Meletov
    Pages 225-250
  9. Ottorino Ori, Franco Cataldo, Susana Iglesias-Groth, Ante Graovac
    Pages 251-272
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 273-278

About this book


Fulleranes are a special class of carbon molecules derived from fullerenes whose double bonds are partially or at least theoretically fully saturated by hydrogen. The hydrogenation changes the chemical properties of fullerenes which can become susceptible to substitution reactions as opposed to addition reactions to the double bonds (present in common fullerenes). One of the most intriguing aspects of fulleranes is the fact that they have been thought to exist in the interstellar medium or even in certain circumstellar media. The reasoning is quite simple: if fullerenes can be formed in the interstellar or better in the circumstellar medium, then they should undergo a simple hydrogenation reaction because of the ubiquitous presence of hydrogen in the universe. There is therefore a need not only to synthesize fulleranes in order to study their properties but also to study their infrared and electronic absorption spectra. Such spectra are used in the search for these molecules in the interstellar medium and around certain promising carbon-rich stars. Many efforts have been made by chemists and chemical physicists to synthesize these molecules at different degrees of hydrogenation and to record their spectra. Thus, Fulleranes: The Hydrogenated Fullerenes presents the state of the art research, synthesis and properties of these molecules; astrophysicists and astrochemists detail their expectations regarding the presence of these molecules in space.

Fulleranes: The Hydrogenated Fullerenes is written for researchers, postgraduates, and advanced undergraduates in organic synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry, and astrophysics.


Fulleranes Fullerene hydrides Fullerenes Hydrogenated Fulleranes Interstallar Medium Interstellar carbon dust Topological modeling spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Franco Cataldo
    • 1
  • Susana Iglesias-Groth
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipto. Ricerca e SviluppoSoc. Lupi Chemical Research InstituteRomaItaly
  2. 2.Dept. Fisica Fundamental IIInst. Astrofisica CanariasLa Laguna, TenerifeSpain

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