Packed C60 Buckyballs

Packed C60 Buckyballs

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Caption: Computer graphics space-filling representation of the hypothetical packing of a cluster of Buckminsterfullerene (C60) molecules, a novel form of pure carbon. The molecule was first described by Huffman et al in 1990 & consists of 60 carbon atoms packed in an icosahedral pattern similar to that of a panelled football. It derives its name from Richard Buckminster Fuller, the architect & engineer who utilised icosahedral geometry in his geodesic domes. Subsequent research has provided a family of fullerenes (Buckyballs) including C70 & the so-called giant fullerenes, C240, C540 & C960.

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