Pentagonal-dodecahedral La2 charge density in [80-Ih]fullerene: La2@C80

Eiji Nishibori, Masaki Takata, Makoto Sakata, Atsushi Taninaka, Hisanori Shinohara

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A double shell of Platonic solids: A trajectory that connects the six-numbered rings of Ih-C80 is followed by the two La atoms of La2@C80 according to maximum entropy/Rietveld analysis of the synchtron powder-diffraction data. The result is a pentagonal-dodecahedral charge-density distribution for La2 (brown in the picture) inside the icodsahedral C80 cage (green).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2998-2999
Number of pages2
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Aug 17


  • Fullerenes
  • Lanthanum
  • Structure elucidation
  • Synchrotron radiation
  • X-ray diffraction


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