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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 30, Number 2
BKCSDE 30(2)
February 20, 2009 

Uptake Effects of Two Electrons for Relative Stability and Atomic Structures of Carbon Cluster Isomers of C20: ab initio Methods
Wang Ro Lee, Changhoon Lee, Jinhee Kang, Sung Soo Park, Yong Gyoo Hwang, Kee Hag Lee*
C20 cluster isomers, Electron uptake effects, Atomic structures, Hybrid density functional (B3LYP) calculations
This study examined the effect of the uptake of one and two electrons on the atomic structure of three isomers of C20 clusters, namely the ring, bowl (corannulene like), and cage (the smallest fullerene). Geometry optimizations were performed using the hybrid density functional (B3LYP) methods for neutral, singly and doubly charged C20, C20-, and C202-. These results show that the symmetry of the lowest energies for ring and bowl isomers were not changed, whereas the increasing order of energy for the cage (the smallest fullerene) isomers was changed from D2h < C2h ≤ C2 of C20 through Ci < C2h < C2 < D2h of C20- to Ci < C2 < D2h < C2h of C202-. The reduced symmetry isomers of the cage have comparative energy and the ground state symmetry of the neutral and single and double charged C20 decreased with increasing number of electrons taken up in the point of energetics. Interestingly, the difference in energy between the ground state and the next higher energy state of C202- was 3.5kcal/mol, which is the largest energy gap of the neutral, single anion and double anion of the cage isomers examined.
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