A New Family of Carbon Clusters

  • Takeshi Akasaka
  • Shigeru Nagase

Part of the Developments in Fullerene Science book series (DFUL, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Martin Saunders, R. James Cross
    Pages 1-11
  3. B. Pietzak, A. Weidinger, K.-P. Dinse, A. Hirsch
    Pages 13-65
  4. H. C. Dorn, E. B. Iezzi, Steve Stevenson, A. L. Balch, J. C. Dunchamp
    Pages 121-131
  5. Michael D. Diener, Robert D. Bolskar, J. Michael Alford
    Pages 133-151
  6. Matthias Krause, Hans Kuzmany
    Pages 169-183
  7. Masaki Takata, Eiji Nishibori, Makoto Sakata
    Pages 185-216
  8. Koichi Kikuchi
    Pages 217-230
  9. Takatsugu Wakahara, Takeshi Akasaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Shigeru Nagase
    Pages 231-251
  10. Yoshihiro Kubozono
    Pages 253-272
  11. Shigeo Maruyama
    Pages 273-293
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 299-299

About this book


To the eyes of a chemist, carbon is certainly one of the most fascinating elements of the periodic table. Basically, the electronic structure and atomic size of carbon enables this element to form a variety of bonds with other elements and, most importantly, with other carbon atoms as weIl. These unique features lead to the amazingly complicated molecular structures we encounter e. g. in life sciences and organic chemistry. Of course, the technical importance of carbon is enormou- but I don't want to carry too many coals to Newcastle. Prom the viewpoint of an astrophysicist or chemist, the significance of carbon lies in the fact that it is the most abundant condensable element in space. Born in the interior of stars, and from there expelled into the interstellar medium, it initiates the formation of simple and complex molecules and of nanoscopic grains. These in turn form huge clouds in space - the birthplace of new stars and planetary systems. The decisive role of carbon in interstellar chemistry is widely accepted and the search for more and more families of interstellar carbon-bearing molecules is a topic of ongoing research. The interdisciplinary aspect of carbon also concerns its various solid forms, in which C and the other closed-cage fullerenes are certainly some of the most popular 60 newcomers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Takeshi Akasaka
    • 1
  • Shigeru Nagase
    • 2
  1. 1.TARA CenterUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Institute for Molecular ScienceOkazakiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6159-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9938-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2366
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