Buckyball (C60) molecule symmetry

Buckyball (C60) molecule symmetry

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Caption: Buckminsterfullerene. Molecular graphic of a mole- cule of buckminsterfullerene (C60), showing its symmetry elements. Arrows depict two-fold (red), five- fold (blue), and six-fold (purple) rotation axes. C60 is a football-shaped molecule made of interlinked hexagons and pentagons of carbon atoms. The first description of the structure, now known to be the third allotrope of carbon (after graphite and diamond), appeared in a paper by the British chemist Harry Kroto in 1985. A whole family of fullerenes has since been discovered, with potential uses in nano-technology and superconductor research.

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Keywords: axis, buckminsterfullerene, buckyball, c60, c60 axes, c60 buckyball, chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, molecular graphic, molecule molecules, organic, symmetr, symmetry, symmetry axes

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