Laser-desorption mass spectrometry and induced coalescence of fullerenes

Chahan X. Yeretzian, Marcos M. Alvarez, Barbara DiCamillo, Robert L. Whetten

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This article reviews the evolution of the UCLA fullerene research over the past two years from the perspective of laser desorption mass spectrometry (LDMS). As a fast and sensitive analytical method, it has critically contributed to a wide range of fullerene related research projects. Immediately after the discovery of a method for making C60, C70 and selected higher fullerenes in macroscopic amounts, a concerted effort in different laboratories led to the isolation and structure determination of C76, C78, C82 and tentatively C84. Simultaneously with the work on pure fullerene, important progress was achieved in the synthesis of metallofullerenes and derivatized fullerenes. LDMS continually documented progress or failure in extraction, isolation and synthesis and helped to plan future research. Recently, synthesis of C60 and larger fullerenes from precursors, e.g., C18(CO) 6, and coalescence reactions of fullerenes, induced by high fluence of the desorption laser, introduced a new aspect of this otherwise exclusively analytical method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsMattanjah S. de Vries
PublisherPubl by Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)0819410837
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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