what is buckminsterfullerence?

Asked by ARKA raha | 2nd Oct, 2012, 11:43: AM

Expert Answer:

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.

Answered by  | 2nd Oct, 2012, 03:46: PM

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