Buckyball (C60) model

Buckyball (C60) model

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Caption: Buckminsterfullerene. Computer-generated model of the structure of Buckminsterfullerene (C60), a third allotrope of carbon (after diamond and graphite). This molecule was first described by British chemist Harry Kroto in 1985 and 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 growing family of fullerene carbon forms (Buckyballs), whose novel physical and chemical properties might be applied as lubricants or in molecular packaging.

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Keywords: allotrope, aromatic carbon compound, buckminsterfullerene, buckyball, c60, carbon, chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, computer graphic, crystal, footballene, icosahedral, icosahedral packing, molecule molecules, organic

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