C60: Buckminsterfullerene

  title={C60: Buckminsterfullerene},
  author={H. W. Kroto and J. Heath and S. O'brien and R. Curl and R. Smalley},
  • H. W. Kroto, J. Heath, +2 authors R. Smalley
  • Published 1985
  • Chemistry
  • Nature
  • During experiments aimed at understanding the mechanisms by which long-chain carbon molecules are formed in interstellar space and circumstellar shells1, graphite has been vaporized by laser irradiation, producing a remarkably stable cluster consisting of 60 carbon atoms. Concerning the question of what kind of 60-carbon atom structure might give rise to a superstable species, we suggest a truncated icosahedron, a polygon with 60 vertices and 32 faces, 12 of which are pentagonal and 20… CONTINUE READING