On the structure and normal modes of hydrogenated Ti-fullerene compounds

  • Alfredo Tlahuice-Flores
  • Sergio Mejía-Rosales
  • Donald H. Galván
Research Paper
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  1. Nanomaterials in energy, health and environment


When titanium covers a C60 core, the metal atoms may suppress the fullerene's capacity of storing hydrogen, depending on the number of Ti atoms covering the C60 framework, the Ti–C binding energy, and diffusion barriers. In this article, we study the structural and vibrational properties of the C60TiH n (n = 2, 4, 6, and 8) and C60Ti6H48 compounds. The IR spectra of C60TiH n compounds have a maximum attributable to the Ti–H stretching mode, which shifts to lower values in the structures with n = 4, 8, while their Raman spectra show two peaks corresponding to the stretching modes of H2 molecules at apical and azimuthal positions. On the other hand, the IR spectrum of C60Ti6H48 shows an intense peak due to the Ti–H in-phase stretching mode, while its Raman spectrum has a maximum attributed to the pentagonal pinch of the C60 core. Finally, we have found that the presence of one apical H2 molecule enhances the pentagonal pinch mode, becoming the maximum in the Raman spectrum.

Graphical Abstract


Raman Hydrogen storage Coated fullerene Transition metals Infrared Atomic clusters 



The authors acknowledge al Departamento de Supercómputo DGSCA-UNAM for the support provided.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfredo Tlahuice-Flores
    • 1
  • Sergio Mejía-Rosales
    • 2
  • Donald H. Galván
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de FísicaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexicoMexico
  2. 2.CICFIM-Facultad de Ciencias Físico Matemáticas, and Centro de Innovación, Investigación y Desarrollo en Ingeniería y TecnologíaUniversidad Autónoma de Nuevo LeónSan Nicolás de los GarzaMexico
  3. 3.Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia-Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoEnsenadaMexico

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