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Buckyball molecule. Computer artwork of a molecule of buckminsterfullerene (C60), a spherical fullerene and the first fullerene to be discovered (in 1985). It is named after the architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, who popularised geodesic domes of a similar shape. Fullerenes are a structural type (allotrope) of carbon. The molecular model here shows the spherical arrangement of the 60 carbon atoms in rings of pentagons and hexagons. The spherical fullerenes are sometimes referred to as buckyballs. As of 2006, research was being conducted into the use of fullerenes for medical purposes. Fullerenes are also being investigated for their physical and chemical properties.
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