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ISRN Nanomaterials
Volume 2013, Article ID 524548, 5 pages
Research Article

Large Area C60 Film Obtained by Microwave Oven Irradiation from an Organic Resin

1ESFM-UPALM, IPN, Apartado Postal 118-395, 07051 México, DF, Mexico
2ESIQIE-UPALM, IPN Apartado Postal 118-395, 07051 México, DF, Mexico
3Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad 3000 Circuito Exterior S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 México, DF, Mexico
4ROMFER Industries Inc., Mexico
5Molecular Engineering Program, IMP Lázaro Cárdenas 152, 07730 México, DF, Mexico

Received 21 March 2013; Accepted 20 May 2013

Academic Editors: A. M. Ali, A. Kajbafvala, and C. Wang

Copyright © 2013 J. Martínez-Reyes et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In the present work the synthesis of fullerene thin film produced in a conventional microwave oven from the decomposition of terpenoid is reported. The polycrystalline structure of the sample was determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD); the sample showed several phases, and the main phase corresponds to fullerene ordered in a face-centered cubic structure (FCC), with a lattice parameter  Å, with two more structures: one is orthorhombic system with lattice parameters  Å,  Å, and  Å, and the other is the monoclinic system with lattice parameters  Å,  Å,  Å, and ° coexisting also with graphite 2H phase with lattice parameters  Å,  Å. It was observed in a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) that the sample formed thin films of stacked carbon. The film thickness was measured by a SEM, and it was 140.8 to 523 nm and the macroscopic area of 12 cm2, whereas a high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) revealed that the main phase of the material is C60 ordered in a face-centered cubic structure (FCC). In the sample surface by atomic force microscopy (AFM), islands deposited crystals were observed having symmetry m crystal habit associated with the tetrahedron.