NUCLEATION AND GROWTH OF FULLERENES AND NANOTUBES HAVING FOUR-FOLD SYMMETRY

Alexander I. Melker, Maria A. Krupina & Aleksandra N. Matvienko
We have studied possible ways of generating and growing the fullerenes having four-fold symmetry. Beginning with cyclobutane C4H8 and clusters C8, we obtained elementary fullerenes C8 and mini-fullerenes C16, which produce the following fullerenes from C24 to C64, perfect (basic) and imperfect, as well as nanotubes. The imperfection is connected either with extra 'interstitial' or 'vacancy' carbon dimers, both types of dimers playing the role of defects. Only the basic fullerenes C24, C32, C40, C48,...
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