Evaluation of the relative stabilities of two non-IPR isomers of Sm@C76

Zdeněk Slanina, Filip Uhlík, Lai Feng, Ludwik Adamowicz

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Density-functional theory calculations are presented for two low-energy Sm@C76 isomers with the isolated-pentagon rule (IPR) violating cages. The relative isomeric populations at high temperatures are evaluated using the calculated molecular terms and relationships to observations are discussed. It is shown that the observed Sm@C2v(19138)-C76 species can be computed as the major isomer if the encapsulate motions are treated as relatively restricted. With the restriction conjecture, the major isomer is about two times more populated than the minor Sm@C1(17459)-C76 endohedral. The study points out the importance of symmetry considerations in stability evaluations for general nanocarbons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalFullerenes Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 3 2016

Keywords

  • DFT computations
  • Fullerene symmetries
  • Gibbs-energy evaluations
  • IPR and non-IPR fullerene cages
  • Isomeric stabilities
  • Metallofullerenes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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