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A Buckycatcher in Solution—A Computational Perspective
In this work, we study the buckycatcher (C 60 H 28 ) in solution using quantum chemical models. We investigate the conformational equilibria in several media and the effects that molecules of solvent might have in interconversion barriers between the different conformers. These are studied in a hypothetical gas phase, in the dielectric of a solvent, as well as with hybrid solvation. In the latter case, due to a disruption of π-stacking interactions, the transition states are destabilized. We also evaluate the complexation of the buckycatcher with solvent-like molecules. In most cases studied, there should be no adducts formed because the enthalpy driving force cannot overcome entropic penalties.
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