The reaction of fullerene with a dimethylsulfonium alpha -formylalkylid
e gave a novel methanofullerene having a formyl group at the bridge-hea
d carbon, This 2.2-fulleroalkanal was readily converted into a variety
of N-aryl-2,2-fulleroaldimines by condensation with aromatic amines: on
e of them showed efficient quenching of the fluorescence of the fullere
ne core, due to a photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer. (C) 2001 E
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