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Computer graphics space-filling representation of the potential application of Buckminsterfullerene (C60), a novel form of carbon, as a lubricant. The blue "Buckyballs" are sandwiched between two metal surfaces. The 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 family of fullerenes (Buckyballs) including C70 & the so-called giant fullerenes, C240, C540 & C960.
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