Bucky stability

Dan Davison Davison at UH.EDU
Thu Oct 24 22:12:28 EST 1991

> +>  Sorry, no they're not. They are stable at room temperature and below,
> +>  and up to 1000C under certain conditions. Fullerenes dissolve in a
> +>  wide range of solvents and can be coerced into water with the usual
> +>  biochemical tricks. I've been using them for several weeks and in my
> +>  hands at least are stable for several months dried or in toluene.

> As I recall from the literature, fullerenes are stable to air but by
> no means chemically inert. 

I didn't mean to claim that they were inert; if you boil them in
toluene you get methylbuckies.  But the post I was responding to said
that they were "unstable"; while definitions of "unstable" vary, they
are not evanscent.

> Metal-containing fullerenes so far reported seem to carry the metal on the
> outside (inclusion compounds have been formed with helium), and the high-Tc

All I can say about this is watch the literature...


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