Viruses and fullerenes--symmetry as a common thread?

  title={Viruses and fullerenes--symmetry as a common thread?},
  author={Pierre-Philippe Dechant and Jessica P Wardman and Thomas Keef and Reidun Twarock},
  journal={Acta crystallographica. Section A, Foundations and advances},
  volume={70 Pt 2},
The principle of affine symmetry is applied here to the nested fullerene cages (carbon onions) that arise in the context of carbon chemistry. Previous work on affine extensions of the icosahedral group has revealed a new organizational principle in virus structure and assembly. This group-theoretic framework is adapted here to the physical requirements dictated by carbon chemistry, and it is shown that mathematical models for carbon onions can be derived within this affine symmetry approach… Expand
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