Foreword It has been a great pleasure to serve as Guest Editors for the publication of this special issue on "Fullerenes, Photoexcited States and Reactive Intermediates." Curl, Kroto and Smalley performed experiments focusing on the production of carbon clusters. The particularly high stability of clusters of 60 carbon atoms (C60) suggested a molecular structure of great symmetry. It was proposed that C60 could be a "truncated icosahedron cage", a polyhedron with 20 hexagonal surfaces and 12 pentagonal surfaces. The break through for large scale production of Buckminsterfullerene (C60) and its higher analogues (C70, C76, C78, C84, etc.) by Kr~itschmer et al. immediately stimulated broad and interdisciplinary research concerned with the chemical and physical properties of these pure carbon allot-ropes. The relative ease of its chromatographic separation from other fullerenes, the lack of any coexisting isomers, and the intriguing spherical symmetry of icosahedral C6o have put this most abundant fullerene into a central focus. The recent decision of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to award the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly to Professor Robert F. Curl, Jr. (Rice University, Houston, USA), Professor Sir Harold W. Kroto (University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K.), and Professor Richard E. Smalley (Rice University, Houston, USA) for their discovery of the fullerenes reflects, in particular, the importance of and wide interest in this new class of carbon compounds. Research on buckminsterfullerene (C6o) has developed at a rapid pace in the past years and, thus, it is impossible to cover every aspect of it in this publication. This special issue limits itself therefore, to an overview of the research on Photoexcited States and Reactive Intermediates. It presents the most recent results on this topic and provides a good survey of the current status of this rapidly developing field. We would like to thank the Editors, Profs. M. Anpo, M.C. Depew, and J.K.S. Wan for giving us the opportunity to serve as Guest Editors. Dirk M. Guldi Prashant V. Kamat Klaus-Dieter Asmus Radiation Laboratory Radiation Laboratory Radiation Laboratory University of Notre Dame University of Notre Dame University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 Research on Chemical Intermediates Springer Journals

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