报告题目：New Vistas in Fullerene World
报 告 人：Prof. Takeshi AKASAKA
单 位：TARA Center, Universityof Tsukuba, Japan
Takeshi AKASAKA (赤阪健) was born in Kyoto and grew up in Osaka, Japan. He received a PhD degree from University of Tsukuba in 1979. After working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory in USA, he returned to the University of Tsukuba in 1981. In 1996, he moved to Niigata University as a Professor. From 2001 until 2013, he was a Professor of the TARA Center and Department of Chemistry, University of Tsukuba. His research interests include the chemistry of nanocarbons. He received The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work (2001), The Commendation for Science and Technology (Research Category) from The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (2011) and The Chemical Society of Japan Award (2013). In this paper, we specifically describe the positions and dynamic behaviour of the metal atoms encapsulated in pristine and functionalized fullerene cages. For example, we could alter the dynamic behaviour of the encaged metal atoms in M2@Ih-C80 drastically through chemical modification of the outer cage. We anticipate that the control of metal atom structures and dynamics within a cage could be valuable for designing functional molecular devices with new electronic or magnetic properties.
This paper will also present a description of recent advances in fundamental aspects of the chemistry of endohedral metallofullerenes for future applications as organic carbon nanomaterials. Synthesis and characterization of endohedral metallofullerenes and their derivatives are particularly addressed on the basis of our recent findings. Throughout this presentation, guidelines for understanding structural, electronic and chemical properties of endohedral metallofullerenes will be provided.