Evidence for a solid phase of dodecahedral C20

Z. Iqbal, Y. Zhang, H. Grebel, S. Vijayalakshmi, A. Lahamer, G. Benedek, M. Bernasconi, J. Cariboni, I. Spagnolatti, R. Sharma, F. J. Owens, M. E. Kozlov, K. V. Rao, M. Muhammed

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Evidence is presented for the formation of a solid phase based on the smallest fullerene, C20, in thin diamond-like carbon films deposited by ultraviolet laser ablation from diamond onto nickel substrates at room temperature in the presence of 10-4 torr of cyclohexane or benzene. Laser desorption mass spectrometry from the films shows the presence of C 20, C21 and C22 species, while micro-Raman spectroscopy and electron diffraction from selected particles together with first principle density-functional calculations, indicate a cubic solid with dodecahedral C20 cages as building blocks. Unlike solid C 60 and fully protonated C20, which are bound by van der Waals forces, the proposed structure is stabilized by linking of the C 20 dodecahedra, with bridging carbon atoms at interstitial tetrahedral sites to form a face-centered-cubic lattice with 22 carbon atoms per unit cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-515
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Physical Journal B
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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