Buckyballs: A Nanotech First in National Geographic

Illustration courtesy T. Pyle, SSC/Caltech/NASA

October 5, 2011 - Washington, D.C.

From National Geographic

by Ker Than

Buckyballs bond in an artist's conception of the spherical molecules, made entirely of carbon atoms and named for their resemblance to the geodesic domes of engineer Buckminister Fuller.

Chemists Robert Curl, Harold Kroto, and Richard Smalley were awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of fullerenes—a group of carbon molecules that includes the buckyball-in 1985. (Also see "Largest Space Molecules Found; Buckyball Mystery Solved.")

Buckyballs "were the first recognized nanostructures and led to the field of nanotechnology," Tritton said...

Link to National Geographic

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