Chapter

Fullerene Growth, Contraction, and Fragmentation 143

6.1. Fullerene Growth Models 143

6.1.1. Stone-Wales Model 144

6.1.2. Model for C2 Absorption or Desorption 147

6.1.3. Fullerene Growth from a Corannulene Cluster 148

6.1.4. Transition from C60 to C^ 150

6.2. Mass Spectrometry Characterization 152

6.3. Stability Issues 153

6.4. Fullerene Contraction and Fragmentation 156

6.4.1. Photofragmentation 157

6.4.2. Collision of Fullerene Ion Projectiles 159

6.4.3. Collision of Fullerene Ions with Surfaces 163

6.4.4. Fragmentation of Qo by Energetic Ions 165

6.5. Molecular Dynamics Models 166

References 168

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