The dipolar endofullerene HF@C60.

  title={The dipolar endofullerene HF@C60.},
  author={Andrea Krachmalnicoff and Richard W Bounds and Salvatore Mamone and Shamim Alom and Maria Concistr{\`e} and Benno Meier and Karel Kouřil and Mark E. Light and Mark R. Johnson and St'ephane Rols and Anthony J Horsewill and A. S. Shugai and Urmas Nagel and Toomas R{\~o}{\~o}m and Marina Carravetta and Malcolm Harris Levitt and Richard J. Whitby},
  journal={Nature chemistry},
  volume={8 10},
The cavity inside fullerenes provides a unique environment for the study of isolated atoms and molecules. We report the encapsulation of hydrogen fluoride inside C60 using molecular surgery to give the endohedral fullerene HF@C60. The key synthetic step is the closure of the open fullerene cage with the escape of HF minimized. The encapsulated HF molecule moves freely inside the cage and exhibits quantization of its translational and rotational degrees of freedom, as revealed by inelastic… CONTINUE READING

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