Buckytube formation from spiralling sheet

Buckytube formation from spiralling sheet

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Caption: Buckytube formation: computer graphics rendering of the spiralling growth of a graphitic tube from a sheet. Needles comprised of coaxial graphitic microtubules were found in the soot on the carbon electrodes used in the synthesis of fullerenes such as C60 or C70 - the so-called Buckyballs. In each individual sheet, the carbon molecules are arranged in a helical structure. Fullerene tubes may possess an extraordinary diversity of properties, from the strength of carbon fibres to the electronic nature of graphite. The giant fullerenes, C240 for example, may have buckytubes incorporated into their structures.

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

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