Buckminsterfullerene is a spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60. This molecule was named buckminsterfullerene because of the structures resemblance to the geodesic domes designed by American architect R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). The molecule was formed by vaporizing material from a graphite surface with a laser. Large molecules containing only carbon atoms have been known to exist around certain types of carbon-rich stars. Buckministerfullerene (C60) seems to function as an insulator, conductor, semi-conductor and superconductor in various compounds.