Wednesday, February 5, 2014

#chempaperaday Day 20/365: Buckministerfullerene

Today I wanted to read about this highly interesting molecule which is an allotrope of carbon. I learned that it was discovered accidentally discovered while the researchers doing experiments. They detected this stable cluster and found out what it was and suggested a structure. 

Also the names they considered other than buckministerfullerene were ballene, spherene, soccerene and carbosoccer according to the paper. Honestly, I didn't like any of them except carbosoccer. Three of the authors were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996

I am surprised to see that it is a very short paper. Maybe there is a more detailed paper. I don't know.

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