Recently, looking into structures of buckminsterfullerenes, I have found several articles claiming that attaching 12, or “several” nitrous oxide molecules to the buckminsterfullerene will cause it to degrade exothermically, heating the surroundings to several thousand degrees in “picoseconds”. The degradation would produce more nitrous oxide, further carrying on the reaction.

As I remember, they didn’t have any cited sources, or give any creditable evidence, or give the structure of the nitrous oxide-buckminsterfullerene compound. So I’m wondering, where are the NOs attached on the C60?, and what is the structure of this compound?(preferably a diagram?)

I searched it on many places, but to no avail.


  • $\begingroup$ Downvoters, mind I ask you why? $\endgroup$ – Max0815 Oct 3 '19 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ NOs are not yet attached to C60, so it is a little early to ask "where". $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Oct 3 '19 at 15:40
  • $\begingroup$ @IvanNeretin I don’t understand. Could you clarify a bit more? $\endgroup$ – Max0815 Oct 3 '19 at 18:19
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    $\begingroup$ What's to understand? In effect, you are asking what is the height of the spire on a particular building in a land far away. We know very little of that land. We are not even quite sure that the said building exists, let alone whether it has a spire. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Oct 3 '19 at 20:41
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    $\begingroup$ Well, there were some reports of making something of which we don't even know the exact composition, much less the structure. In terms of my analogy, some people have been to that land and claim to have seen the building, but the solid evidence (like a photo) is yet to come. Then again, pretty much all organics with enough nitro groups is explosive, so that's hardly exciting news anyway. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Oct 4 '19 at 5:49

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