Since the initial discovery of fullerenes nearly a decade ago , material scientists have focused attention on the possibility of encapsulating one or more metal atoms inside these spheroidal carbon frames. The experimental realization of macroscopic quantities of endohedral metallofullerenes (Am@C2n, n=30-55) in the early 1990's has heightened interest in developing this new class of tunable materials with possible electronic and/or optical applications [2,3]. They have been characterized by a number of spectroscopic techniques, for example, scanning tunneling microscope [4,5], EXAFS [6,7] and x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy . However, low production yields and purification difficulties have hampered the development of this new class of materials. The soluble product distribution usually consists of high levels of the empty-caged fullerenes C60, C70, C84 and decreasing levels of the higher fullerenes, while the endohedral metallofullerene fraction usually constitutes less than 1% of the total soluble yield. Furthermore, the endohedral metallofullerene fraction consists of molecules with different numbers of metal atoms encapsulated (m=1-3), cage sizes (C2n) and isomers of the same mass (e.g., Er2@C82). The purification process is further complicated by the chemical reactivity of several endohedral metallofullerenes  in aerobic environments. For several years, we have been involved in a collaborative effort to develop methodology for detection, isolation, and characterization of endohedral metallofullerenes. The focus of the present study is on fullerenes encapsulating metals from Group II1b, (Sc@C2n, Y@C2n, and La@C2n) and the lanthanide series metal (Er@C2n).