Buckytubes: graphitic carbon microtubules

Buckytubes: graphitic carbon microtubules

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Caption: Buckytubes: computer graphics representation of a group of graphitic carbon microtubules. These needles of carbon were discovered in the soot on the carbon electrodes used to synthesise fullerenes, the best-known of which is C60, Buckminsterfullerene. Within each individual sheet, the carbon molecules appear to be arranged in a helical structure. Fullerene tubes may possess an extraordinary diversity of properties, from the strength of carbon fibres to the useful electronic nature of graphite. There is evidence that the higher fullerenes, such as C240, may have buckytubes incorporated into their structures.

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Keywords: buckytube, chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, computer graphics, fullerene, fullerene microtubule, microtubule, molecule molecules, organic

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