Nanomaterials Nanoscale Materials-Buckyballs & Fullerenes
Discovered in 1985 by Messrs. R. Smalley, R. Curl and H. Kroto. Another group of chemists in Germany had produced pure fullerenes in 1980. Large clusters or aggregates of carbon molecules that are spherical or roughly spherical in shape. A carbon atom sits at each vertex of a buckyball, bonding with three of its neighbors.
Fullerenes are transparent over a wide spectral range extending from the mid-infrared throughout the visible. They possess a high thermal and oxidative stability compared to many other organic materials. Extremely resilient and relatively impervious to damage. They do not react with corrosive compounds and are capable of absorbing and releasing electrons without being harmed or change.
Chemical Name: Carbon
Chemical Formula: C60, C70