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“At long last uphill battle regarding Li @ C60 for 20 years finally ended in victories.” said Prof. Eiji Osawa*1), when our work was published in the 20th
of July 2010.
For the first time in the world, a large-scale synthesis of Li@C60 in which one atom of Li was trapped into vacuum inside a C60 molecule of 1nm diameter was successful and the structure of Li endohedral C60 was characterized (Nature Chemistry, DOI: 10.10.38/NCHEM.698). Thus, we can now supply Li@C60 to researchers from around the world as a long-awaited material to support basic and applied physical researche.
It should also be appreciated that we have taken a firm decision to contribute to practical applications of this novel material. Just as we succeeded in the synthesis of this material in 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. We will never forget the way our normal activity came to a complete standstill and a new reality with support of the government and researchers took over. With this support, we established a new company named Idea International Co., Ltd. independent from Ideal Star Co., Ltd. on just one month after the huge earthquake (the 11th of May, 2011). Idea International Co., Ltd. took over the company identity of Ideal Star Co., Ltd. and their accomplishments, and decided to make progress toward the practical use of this material to the world taking over the company identity of Ideal Star Co., Ltd. and their accomplishments, and decided to progress toward the practical use of this material for world wide use.
*1) Prof. Eiji Oosawa had theoretically foretold the presence of C60 fullerene in 1970, prior to the discovery of fullerene by Drs. H. Kroto, R. Smally and R. Curl (they awarded the Novel Prize) in 1985).