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Functionalization of Fullerenes

During my diploma thesis in the group of Prof. Braese (Department of Chemistry, KIT, Germany), I designed and synthesized functionalized fullerenes. The aim of the work was to synthesize hexakis-fullerene derivates with octahedral geometry for the development of three-dimensional metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). My research focused on limiting side reactions to improve the yield of hexa-substituted fullerenes with high selectivity. Learn more about the exciting project in the publication below. 

Fullerene work KIT.tiff

Publication:

Alexander Giovannitti, Stefan M. Seifermann, Angela Bihlmeier, Thierry Muller, Filip Topic, Kari Rissanen, Martin Nieger, Wim Klopper, Stefan Bräse*. Single and Multiple Additions of Dibenzoylmethane onto Buckminsterfullerene.  Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2013, 7907–7913. [10.1002/ejoc.201301146]

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