C60H2 was prepared in high yield by the reduction of C60 with either NaBH4 or Hantzsch esters. Dehydrogenation of hydrofullerenes to C60 by both organic and inorganic bases in the presence of air was achieved in 90-99% yield. Possible pathways for the conversion of C60H2 to C60 are proposed.
Keywords: fullerene, dihydrofullerene, nabh, hantzsch ester
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