The structure of fullerene films and their metallocene doping

Research paper by G. A. Domrachev, B. S. Kaverin, E. G. Domracheva, S. A. Gusev, S. Yu. Ketkov, V. L. Karnatsevich, A. I. Kirillov, I. L. Vasilevskaya, M. A. Lopatin

Indexed on: 01 Aug '94Published on: 01 Aug '94Published in: Russian Chemical Bulletin


Hexagonal close-packed (HCP) C60 and C70 films have been prepared by the Langmuir method and examined by electron microscopy and electron-diffraction analysis. It has been shown that the vacuum deposition of a C60+C70 mixture results in the formation of a film with small sized grains and a distorted C60-HCP structure. The simultaneous deposition of C60 and ferrocene results in the formation of a film with a changed morphology and an electron-diffraction pattern that contains a variable amount of ferrocene depending on the experimental conditions. The electron-diffraction pattern corresponds to the presence of the known molecular complex C60[(C5H5)2Fe]2. The analogous simultaneous deposition of fullerene C60 and cobaltocene results in the formation of a C60 film stable in air and water, which contains carbon and cobalt (from the data of X-ray fluorescence, electron microscopy and microdiffraction). It has a different morphology and different diffraction patterns than pure C60 films and, depending on the cobaltocene content (relative to that of fullerene), appears to be a fullerite film doped with various amounts of cobaltocenium fullende, which is an ionic compound.