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Computer graphics ball & spoke representation of the structure of Buckminsterfullerene (C60), a novel form of pure carbon. This 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 growing family of fullerene carbon forms (Buckyballs), whose novel physical & chemical properties might be applied as lubricants or in molecular packaging.
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