Kraetschmer, Lamb, Fostiropoulos and Huffman
The Heidelberg-Arizona story
One of the most amazing images of the 20th Century…crystals of elemental carbon!
Don and Wolfgang
The Sussex effort
cf Nobel Biography and Lecture
The letter below was in response to a request for ca 12k GBP to purchase a mass spectrometer to monitor C60 production in a carbon arc discharge! C’est la vie. The request was also turned down by BP and Shell. I made the mistake of thinking that I needed mass spectrometric sensitivity.
This is the sample of the C60/C70 mixture extracted by Jonathan Hare 5 days prior to the faxed manuscript of the great paper by Kraetschmer, Lamb, Fostiropoulos and Huffman arriving on my desk at Sussex!
It might be noted that the authors of this paper http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/j100387a004 were given a preliminary copy of our paper before the work was completed and prior to the finished work (ie with details of complete chromatograhic separation and the complete nmr spectrum above) being submitted
Tony Avent who measured the first NMR spectrum of C60
The Sussex Team: HK, Ala’a Abdul Sada, Roger Taylor, Jon Hare and David Walton