Endohedral fullerenes represent a novel family of carbon nanostructures, which are characterized by a robust fullerene cage with atoms, ions, or clusters trapped in its interior. Since the first separation of the endohedral metallofullerene La@C82 in 1991, a large variety of endohedral structures have been isolated and their endohedral nature has been proved by experimental studies. Within the past two decades, the world of endohedral fullerenes was significantly enlarged by the clusterfullerenes and the new carbon cages including non-IPR (IPR=isolated pentagon rule) structures. Resulting from the charge transfer from the encaged species to the fullerene cage, endohedral fullerenes hold a lot of fascinating properties inaccessible by the empty fullerenes, and consequently promise potential applications in biomedicine, molecular electronics and photonics etc.
The book provides a comprehensive overview of endohedral fullerenes focused on the new advances in the past decade, including its fundamentals (structures), synthesis, isolation, characterization, properties, functionalization as well as the applications, thus representing the most updated and broad review of this exciting field.
○ Our book presents the most updated and complete review of the exciting field of endohedral fullerenes, covering all aspects from fundamental to applications
○ A full spectrum of related topics were included, especially the non-IPR (IPR=isolated pentagon rule) structures (one of the most intriguing structures providing important insights to the formation mechanism) and photovoltaic applications (one of the most promising applications) of endohedral fullerenes, which are not found in the existing publications
○ Several prominent contributors were included in our book, such as Profs. L Echegoyen (Robert A Welch Professor of University of Texas at El Paso), H Shinohara (Dean of the School of Science, Nagoya Univ.), H Dorn (Director of Carbonaceous Nanomaterials Center, Virginia Tech.) etc.