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March 8, 2016
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
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A Genuine Water Dimer Trapped inside Fullerene C70

Water plays a critical role in a wide range of chemical and biological phenomena. Here, Murata and co-workers report rational synthesis of H2O@C70 and unprecedented formation of (H2O)2@C70. These endohedral C70 opened up the door to unveil intrinsic properties of a single water molecule as well as a genuine water dimer. Endohedral fullerenes attract much attention as functional materials for organic photovoltaics and bio-active materials. This report will open such application fields in near future.

Program Information

Research Area “Molecular Technology and Creation of New Functions”
Research Theme “Molecular Interface Science of π-Conjugated Carbon Complexes on Non-Equilibrated States”

Journal Information

Rui Zhang, Michihisa Murata, Tomoko Aharen, Atsushi Wakamiya, Takafumi Shimoaka, Takeshi Hasegawa, and Yasujiro Murata. “Synthesis of a distinct water dimer inside fullerene C70”. Nature Chemistry, Published online 07 March 2016, doi: 10.1038/nchem.2464.


[About Research]
Yasujiro Murata, Ph.D.
Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
URL: http://www.scl.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~kouzou/index.html

[About Program]
Sofia Saori Suzuki
Green Innovation Group, Department of Innovation Research, JST


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