Synthesis of new fullerene C121 by neutron irradiation

Zhenling Chen, Li Qu, Yue Cheng, Gengmei Xing, Hui Yuan, Yuliang Zhao, Zhifang Chai

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The synthesis of three new isomers of C121 by neutron irradiation of C60 is reported in this paper. The results indicate that lower flux ratio of thermal to fast neutrons, proper oxidation of C60, and longer irradiation time are advantageous to the formation of C121. This new nuclear method, by which three isomers of C121 were prepared for the first time, has opened a new way to synthesize other odd-numbered large carbon fullerene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalHe Jishu/Nuclear Techniques
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005


  • C
  • Fullerene
  • Neutron irradiation
  • Odd-numbered large fullerene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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